Hot cocoa, Netflix and some cozy blankets are must-haves for the perfect self-care night in the winter months. After countless holiday parties, constant traveling and busy work schedules, we often forget to take care of ourselves - and our skin. It’s time we all gave our skin some serious, much-needed attention. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some tips to combat these winter blues.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
“Drink more water!” Something our mothers, grandmothers and pretty much everyone would always tell us, yet during the dry and cold months we often forget to hydrate. When we forget, our bodies attempt to balance our moisture levels by replacing it with our natural oils - hence why you might start breaking out. Every day we lose a substantial amount of water, so it’s critical to keep replenishing our bodies. Drinking water is the best way to detoxify and supply our bodies with the essential nutrients it needs, especially if you want dewy, bouncy skin.
Exfoliation is the key to baby-soft skin.
The older we get, the slower our cell turnover becomes, so dead skin cells start to hang around longer than we want them to. To combat the combination of cold weather and dehydration, exfoliation is crucial for removing dead skin cells and revealing the fresh, smooth skin that’s hidden underneath. When you don’t exfoliate, moisturizers and serums sit on top of our skin and evaporate rather than penetrate into the layers of living skin cells. So without exfoliation, you’re not getting the most out of your favorite products.
Quick Tip: You can exfoliate on of two ways! For a physical exfoliation, our Turmeric Brightening Polish is great for refreshing the skin. The combination of turmeric, walnuts, sandalwood and olive oil allows for gentle, hydrating exfoliation. For a chemical exfoliation, our Apple Cider Vinegar Resurfacing Peel Pads utilize the natural ingredient to potently retexturize skin and regenerate cell renewal.
Treat yo’self with a face mask.
Need a quick boost of hydration? Face masks are a quick, easy and fun way to quench your skin’s thirst. Defeat dry, dull skin by applying a moisture-rich mask. Our Jetset & Protect Leave-On Mask protects skin from dry & recycled air while delivering a burst of instant hydration. The rich antioxidants found in watermelon and apple paired with fatty oils from coconut combat the harsh winter conditions.
Lock in some moisture.
Fulfill your thirsty skin. Moisturizers and serums solve the problem of dehydrated, stiff skin caused by unforgiving winters. By applying your favorite moisturizer or serum right after washing your face, you give your skin a better chance of absorbing these products easily. And when your skin can fully absorb this moisture, you will actually begin to see a change in your skin’s texture! We recommend applying a light layer of our Snow Mushroom Water Serum right after cleansing for maximum moisturization. This ultra-hydrating serum is known for its impressive moisture retention and effective minimization in the appearance of pores.
Become best friends with your humidifier.
Dry and cold air strips your skin of its natural oils. Subsequently, the moisture in your skin begins to evaporate, resulting in dehydrated, flaky skin. Investing in a cool mist humidifier can save your skin from becoming dry and parched. Humidifiers deposit water back into the atmosphere, increasing moisture levels in the air around you. So even though it may be dry and cold outside, the air within your home will help your skin stay hydrated.
Do I really need sunscreen in the winter?
YES! While most people believe you don’t need to wear sunscreen indoors, that’s actually false. The sun’s UV rays can penetrate through windows and reach the skin, accelerating skin’s aging process by several years. Consistently wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen can prevent the harmful damages from UVA and UVB rays. What better way to protect your skin than by using our Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50? 😉 Our lightweight formula defends skin from sun damage while giving your complexion a radiant, pearl finish. (Bonus: Not only does it have a high SPF level but it can also be used as a primer and moisturizer too!)