7 Winter Skin Care Tips
It’s often said that the key to great makeup is great skin, especially great winter skin care. When the temperature dips below freezing and the heating is on 24/7, the struggle is real to keep skin hydrated and supple! When you live in a colder climate, it’s expected to get flaky skin, dry lips and tightness in your face during the winter.
We’re no official skin care experts here, but we watch a LOT of Youtube channels dedicated to beauty and skin care so we know what we’re talking about! We rounded up the opinions of our most beauty-obsessed girls in the office to share a few winter skin care tips on how to keep your skin looking flawless during these winter months.
- Stay hydrated from the inside out: You’ve heard it before, but we really do think the secret to beautiful skin lies in how we hydrate and nourish our bodies. Drinking lots of water needs to be a part of your daily routine. Don’t forget! When you get bored of water, opt for a cup of green tea. It’s another great tip to stay hydrated, get a little caffeine kick, and rev up your metabolism (bonus!).
- Adjust your skincare regime for the weather: Warmer weather calls for lighter creams and generally less makeup. For winter skin care we recommend a “more is more” philosophy when it comes to skin care. We like to layer a serum with a cream for the day, and go for the thickest night cream we can find just before bedtime. Layer the cream on thick at night, and by the AM it will nicely absorb leaving your skin plump and ready for makeup application. Don’t forget a rich eye cream for winter since the delicate skin under your eyes is dryer during the cold winter months.
- Exfoliation is everything: Nothing is worse than dry, flaky skin (nothing!). Exfoliation is so important at this time of the year since it sloughs off all the dry, dead skin at the surface. Once you have exfoliated, you will notice your skin is softer and that your creams absorb so much easier. There are many different formulas, ranging from gentle daily exfoliates (often sold as a face wash), to masks and light chemical exfoliates. Whichever formula you choose is fine. Just don’t overdo it, as that will bring on another set of problems! The general rule of thumb is to exfoliate twice a week, unless you are using a daily face wash with exfoliating properties.
- Fear not the oil: Although many worry that oil will leave them with a slippery, greasy face, this is not the case with the new wave of facial oils that are currently on the market. Although some are meant to be worn at night (because of their tendency to be on the greasier side), many are perfect for daily wear. You can even put a drop in your foundation if you want a dewy finish! Your face will soak in the oil like crazy at this time of the year, so use it in the AM or PM. As with most winter skin care, you need to find what works for you. Remember, oil is a multi-purpose product, so feel free to use some on the ends of your hair (sparingly), on your cuticles, or even under your eyes.
- Get lippy: While liquid lipsticks are all the rage, they wreck havoc on our lips at this time of the year! Our tip is that you apply a lip mask or a lip balm before application to avoid painful cracked lips. Also, this may sound like something your mom might tell you (and she would be right!) but please don’t lick your dried lips to hydrate them – that’s a major winter skin care no no. Below is an Australian cult favorite that literally the whole Dynamite Marketing Department uses everyday: Lucas’ Papaw! After trying so many other lip balms at many different price ranges, this is our fave by far!
- Protect yourself from the elements: Cold wind, the lack of humidity, heating on full-blast, and even the sun can affect your skin in the winter. Bundle up in the winter to protect your skin from the cold in a cozy poncho, and don’t forget your SPF to protect you from the damaging rays of the sun (yes, you still need to worry about the sun in the winter). If your house feels really dry, consider a humidifier to combat the drying effects of in-home heaters.