dos and don’ts

Winter skin dos and don’ts to maintain a healthy complexion

Is winter taking its toll on your skin? These are the dos and don’ts that will help to keep your complexion healthy all season long.

Many people love it when the temperatures drop and there’s a chill in the air. The same, however, doesn’t go for our skin. It’s not just the weather outside but the ways we keep warm inside that can both have a negative effect on our complexions. By switching up and making additions to your routine as well as your environment, you can keep your skin in good and glowing condition all season long. Here are the dos and don’ts for healthy winter skin.

Do… use a mild cleanser

During the warmer months, it might be appropriate to use a stronger cleanser, especially if you have oily skin. In winter, it’s better to switch to a milder one that doesn’t strip the skin of necessary oils – the dry air will already be on top of that!

Do… use a richer moisturizer

In summer, a lightweight moisturizer can be more comfortable. In winter, you definitely need something heavier and more nourishing to lock in moisture. It’s also important to apply SPF during the day to keep your skin protected from UV rays.

Do…exfoliate regularly

Because of the dry wind and air during the cold seasons, our skin has a tendency to become drier and more flaky than usual. Prevent this buildup from making your complexion appear dull by exfoliating gently two to three times a week.

exfoliate regularly

Don’t…take hot baths + showers

A piping-hot bath or shower in winter might be a great way to warm up but it can exacerbate dry skin. This is because the high water temperature can strip the natural oils from the skin. Try to keep your bathing sessions brief and the water lukewarm.

Don’t…wash too often

Ideally, we should all be washing our faces twice a day, tops. Some do this more frequently, especially after sweating. This can be too much during the winter, again because we need the naturally occurring oil in our skin to keep it moisturized.

Do…invest in a humidifier

The dry outdoor air is dry enough. Add to that internal heating and your skin can soon start to feel parched. Make your environment skin-friendly by investing in a humidifier to replace the moisture in the air and keep your skin hydrated.

Don’t…neglect your body

It’s not just your face that needs extra TLC in winter. Amp up your body care routine by also switching to a rich lotion or butter, paying special attention to dry spots, like the elbows and heels. Also, moisturize your hands after washing them.

Don’t…neglect your body

Don’t…forget to hydrate

This doesn’t just mean adding hydrating lotions and serums to your routine (which is a good idea). It means keeping your body hydrated by drinking enough water, which benefits your skin. Try warm water with a slice of lemon if you can’t face cold H2O.

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