Prepare Your Skin for Winter in 5 Easy Steps!

It’s that time again to pack away the swimsuit and sandals and suit up in boots and scarves. I personally love this time of year, pumpkin bread, warm fires, and cozy sweaters! I’m happy to say goodbye to the summer heat but sad to say hello to dry, scaly skin. It’s important to remember that as weather conditions change, so should your skin care routine. Here are 5 easy steps to help your skin survive this winter:

1) Exfoliate

Exfoliation should be part of your skin care regime all year long, but it’s especially important during the winter months. When the cold weather rolls in, lotion is the primary defender against dryness. But dry skin means you have dry skin cell buildup.

Therefore, before slathering on creams, increase your exfoliation to remove old, flakey skin cells, and then moisturize the new skin cells, resulting in smoother, hydrated skin. One of my favorite exfoliants is our WIFH Warming Bamboo Face and Body Scrub, or to increase cell turnover try our Glycolic pads!

2) Moisturize

This one is a no-brainer. Dry, itchy skin craves moisture. Winter is the season to upgrade that lightweight oil-free moisturizer you loved during the summer to its more emollient counterpart. Look for a moisturizer that contains oil (hint: most night creams contain oil and will do the trick).

If you are prone to acne and thicker creams cause breakouts, then stick to your oil-free moisturizer and add hyaluronic acid or argan oil on top for added hydration, not to mention silky smooth texture. (WIFH Hydraboost works wonders!) And don’t forget to lotion up your whole body, especially cracked hands and feet. Always apply creams to damp skin to help lock in moisture before dry patches appear.

3) Cleanse

Most people instinctively know to use a thicker moisturizer during colder months but what about your cleanser? The wrong soap can make your already itchy, dry skin even worse.

For example, bar soaps or soaps that contain irritating ingredients and fragrances can be drying and strip skin of natural oils. Instead, start washing with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser, use less soap and limit hot showers.

Make sure to switch to cream-based cleansers and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all, unless your skin is excessively oily. WIFH soap-free, creamy Green Tea Cleanser is perfect for winter months, and don’t forget to use your Clarisonic for a more thorough cleanse.

4) Protect

Just because it’s cold outside does not mean you can put away your sunscreen. The sun might not feel as threatening as it did in the summer, but when it’s colder outside there’s actually more of the sun’s harmful rays hitting the earth’s surface and, yes, your skin.

Although you’re covered with winter layers, don’t forget to keep your face, neck, and hands protected from the sun. If you play winter sports beware of windburn and make sure to reapply sunscreen. Always use a product with SPF 30 or higher. Try our Jan Marini SPF 30 or WIFH Physical Sunblock SPF 50 for optimal protection.

5) Hydrate

Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin and offset the lack of humidity. I love a pumpkin spice latte as much as the next gal but coffee, tea, alcohol and caffeine dehydrate the body, so make a special effort to increase hydrating beverages. If you don’t like the taste of water, add lemon or lime, or eat more foods with a high water content. It’s also a good idea to turn on a humidifier to infuse moisture into the air and soothe dry, itchy, cracked skin.

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