Five Easy Ways to Protect Your Skin in Winter

You might not be able to tell yet, in my home state of Colorado, but winter is coming. When you think of winter, do you think dry or chapped skin? Cracked lips? Cheeks that sting or feel so dry that your whole face feels tight? I know. Me too. But it doesn't have to be this way. With the white stuff headed our way, I'm here today to share some of my favorite tips for keeping your skin protected as the seasons change and the barometer drops. We might have a few more weeks to prepare, so get ahead of the game and read on!

#1 Amp up your moisturizer

In winter, as we all know, the air gets drier. You spend more time indoors in heating, but also time outside in extreme conditions. This can take a toll on your skin's protective barrier, making it harder for your skin to hold on to moisture. To compensate for this, consider stepping up your hydrator game. Most skin care lines produce multiple options for moisturizer, so you may only need to go up a level or two. Winter is the time of year to look for heavier and thicker creams, which not only protect your skin but help heal it on blustery days.

If you typically only moisturize once a day, you might also consider reapplying your favorite hydrator more often throughout the day and before bedtime. And if your skin starts to feel greasy or break out as the result of more product, you can always back down a little.

#2 Exfoliate

If your skin is sensitized due to wind or cold, you may want to avoid harsh or aggressive exfoliation. However, exfoliating can be especially beneficial in winter, as it helps get rid of dry, dead surface skin. The more dry or dehydrated your skin is, the more sluggish it becomes. A light exfoliation can help jump start a little cell turnover and keep your skin looking fresh.

Exfoliation treatments can range from an at-home scrub to a light microdermabrasion or peel. Dermaplaning is also great for getting rid of dry surface skin, while also removing peach fuzz from the face. Just be careful not to overdo it and protect your face with moisturizer and SPF following any exfoliation.

#3 Boost with serums

Serums can be a great way to add an extra layer of protection into your regime. Serums can be used to treat any number of skin conditions from pigment to aging. Some are for spot treatment, whereas others are for the whole face. In winter, I recommend looking for hydrating or protective serums. Hyaluronic Acid is a particularly great ingredient to look for, as it can be found in many serums and helps bind moisture in your skin.

Serums are typically lighter weight than a cream or moisturizer and provide more concentrated nutrition for your skin. Supplementing with a layer of serum under your moisturizer or even mixing in it with your sun block, will give you some added defense against the elements.

#4 Protect your Eyes, Nose, Mouth and Hands

This time of year, you might notice the more sensitive parts of your face, reacting to harsher climate. Running eyes and noses can lead to chapped or sensitized skin or become raw from wiping with tissues. Lips and hands become drier and start to crack or chap. Winter is the time to invest in some good protective products and pamper your extremities.

A good lip balm with SPF is a must. Eye cream is also a good investment, as the skin under your eyes is delicate and loses moisture very quickly. Protect your hands with a good hand cream. And in case of a cold, be sure to apply a little extra moisturizer around your nose and mouth to avoid chapping.

#5 SPF!

I know. It's almost not an i {heart} skin blog post, if I don't bring this up at least once, right? But seriously, in winter, sun protection is super important!

Don't let cloudier days fool you into skipping your sunscreen. Not only do the UV rays still affect you, but they can even be amplified when reflecting off snow. Don't leave your house without SPF, and be sure to reapply if you participate in outdoor winter sports like skiing. Sun damage can lead to premature aging, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and skin cancer. So ask Santa for some sunblock and protect your face all winter long!

Happy (almost) winter from i {heart} skin!

<3 Jenny

About the blog:

This is a blog about everyday skin health. As an esthetician I strive to provide comprehensive skin care advice and knowledge to anyone who wants to know more.

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