5 simple tips for winter-ready radiant skin
Combat cold weather and achieve a gorgeous, glowing complexion.
The cold, often unpredictable, winter months can do a number on our skin. Indoor heating, harsh winds, cool temps (and even cocktailing!) literally suck the moisture right out of the skin, making it feel dull, parched and tight.
With blustery, frigid days starting to arrive, give your skincare regimen a richly deserved refresh to achieve winter-ready radiant skin.
1. Skip long showers and baths
Hot water can rob the skin of its moisturize. (Photo: Ariwasabi/Shutterstock)
Yeah, we know this is a tough one, but you’ll thank us. Even though those marathon hot showers and baths feel great on a bone-chilling day, they actually dry out the skin. Instead, aim to take shorter baths and showers using warm water. Be sure to pat – don't rub – your skin dry and follow up with a moisturizer while your skin is still damp to help the cream penetrate.
2. Use a super-hydrating moisturizer
Not all moisturizers are created equal. This velvety daily face moisturizer by Israel-based beauty brand Sabon sources its ingredients from the shores of the mineral-rich Dead Sea. The moisturizer is enriched with cocoa butter and a blend of hydrating oils that nourish and protect the skin from harsh winter weather damage.
3. Make sunscreen a year-round priority
Apply sunscreen year-round to prevent premature aging. (Photo: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock )
We’ve gotten some of our worst burns on chilly, overcast days, when cooler temperatures masked what were in fact, harmful and powerful UV rays. If you’ve gotten burned on the slopes, you know what we’re talking about! Sun damage can happen year round so incorporate a healthy sunscreen into your skincare routine to prevent premature aging.
4. Stay hydrated
During the winter season we tend to find ourselves hopping from one party to the next. Oftentimes, this involves toasting with an adult beverage which dehydrates the skin by depleting your body of vital nutrients. Fortunately, you can still be merry and look bright by drinking at least eight glasses of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated promotes skin circulation, which encourages your skin to go through its natural repairing process.
5. Mask yourself in beauty
Masks are a powerful way to not only take some time for self-care during the winter season, but to nourish the skin and keep it looking dewy and vibrant. The Purifying Mud Mask from Israel-based Ahava detoxifies skin without stripping it of vital moisture. The natural properties of the mud, which hail from the Dead Sea, are said to restore suppleness and moisture levels in dry skin while soothing common winter symptoms such as roughness, redness and cracking.
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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