This holiday season, you might be wishing for effortlessly clear glowing skin. Unfortunately, that’s one thing that Santa’s little helpers have absolutely zero control over.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t have the power to protect your skin.
Here are four easy ways to prioritize your skincare during the harsh winter months—because you can’t hide behind puffy jackets and knitted scarves forever.
#1 Moisturize & Humidify
This is important on a daily basis, but it becomes an absolute necessity when the cold winds start blowing. Why? Because cold air is dry. Why? Because… well… science?
No matter the explanation, your skin will naturally lose some of its moisture when the temperature drops. Luckily, there’s more than one way to combat this:
- Apply moisturizer at least twice daily—once before you leave the house, and again before bed. A petroleum-based formula will be most effective.
- Invest in an air humidifier to relieve dry air discomfort and, most importantly, dry skin. An evaporative humidifier continuously fills your environment with soothing moisture.
#2 Avoid Long, Hot Showers
Okay, so we know how that sounds. Steamy showers are—more or less—the only thing to look forward to after a freezing cold day of hard work and frostbitten fingers. You love hot showers and have no intention of giving them up, right?
Unfortunately, your skin feels only lukewarm (at best) about them.
Long, hot showers feel good in the moment, but strip your skin of important oils, fats, and proteins that make for a healthy glow and balanced moisture levels. The excess hot water can leave you with red, itchy skin that feels worse than when you started.
You can still enjoy your shower, as long as you opt for warm, rather than hot, water. The same goes for washing your hands and face—sorry, but at least you’ll save money on your utility bills this December!
#3 Powder Sunscreen
Winter brings shorter days and fewer hours of daylight, but that doesn’t give you an excuse to stop worrying about sun damage altogether. You can burn even through the clouds—surprise: your mom was right!
So be sure to layer on that sunscreen even on the shortest, darkest day of the year.
We recommend powder sunscreen (also known as mineral and physical sunscreen) over chemical SPF for a few key reasons:
- It’s safer – Mineral sunscreens are free of irritating chemicals that harm your skin, clog your pores, and cause cellular damage.
- It’s more effective – Chemical formulas absorb the sun’s rays and convert them into heat, while mineral sunscreen reflects the UV rays altogether, just like the mirror you use for your daily skincare routine (which includes sunscreen, right?).
- It’s more natural – It’s made with organic, responsibly sourced minerals, unlike the harmful, toxic ingredients found in chemical sunscreens, which absorb into your skin, and can even be found in urine or breast milk.
#4 Vitamin D Supplements
When you spend your summers lifeguarding at the pool, sipping wine on the patio, and fixing up your backyard garden, you don’t have to worry about vitamin D production—in fact, you couldn’t stop it if you tried.
But as the seasons change, so should your daily sustenance.
When you spend less and less of your day outside, it’s time to start taking a vitamin D supplement to replenish that much-needed nutrient, which prevents flaky skin and can slow the signs of aging.
Winter is Coming
When the frosty winter months finally roll around, the popular Game of Thrones motto might be more applicable than you originally thought. Stay vigilant with your skincare routine and you just might make it to the other side unscathed.
Winter may be coming—but dry, irritated skin doesn’t have to follow.