I’m pleased to bring you another post from Miss Euphony, aka Skin Therapist, this time to get us ready for Winter. My skin is normally dry anyway & gets way, way worse in Winter, so I’ve asked her to share some easy, practical & inexpensive tips.
Also be sure to check out the 1st guest post she did on Wiscellaneous – The Five Skin Care Rule Breakers. For a peek into my own skincare routine, check out this post where I went makeup-less (I want to say I was brave but I honestly had no qualms!).
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Have an awesome weekend!
We are well into Autumn now, and the chills in the morning are a clear indication that this Winter will be a very cold one. Our skin bears the brunt when it comes to climate and seasonal changes fear not I have laid out the five things that you need to do to prepare your skin for Winter, and what to do during winter to protect your skin form the harsh climate.
- 1. Take shorter baths/showers
Ironically, the very things that make us feel good in the moment, such as long, hot showers or baths, can leave our skin dried out. Spending a long time in hot water with foam baths that are not hydrating can strip your skin of its natural oils. Opt for shorter, more lukewarm baths and showers and pat your skin dry afterward, following up quickly with a layer of moisturizer from head to toe. Remember to use cream/hydrating soaps or gels when taking your baths and showers instead.
- 2. Exfoliate
Using a body scrub before winter will encourage your skin to absorb more products and keep you moisturized. You may continue doing this in the Winter season to prepare to show off your Summer skin in Spring. I advise that one exfoliates two-three times a week (this of course applies to your body and not your face)
- 3. Mask
This point is particularly for your face, using a mask improves your skin’s tone and enhances the quality of your facial. When you mask before the winter season you will encourage a healthy cellular turn over, increase moisture content in your skin and essentially build your skin’s protective ability.
- 4. Sunscreen
Though we’re less exposed to sun in winter, that doesn’t mean we can stop protecting ourselves from its rays altogether. Some skin creams have sunscreen built in, but make sure it carries an SPF (sun protection factor) rating of 15 or higher. Yes, you can incur sunburn during Winter. Continue using your sunscreen before, during and after Winter. Bear in mind that sun damage makes your skin vulnerable.
- 5. Stay ahead of stressors
We all know that alcohol, rich foods and not sleeping enough are definite skin aggravators, and you need to pay attention to those things and minimize them. I recommend you cut back on simple sugars and carbohydrates, which are plentiful in fast foods or processed foods, as another measure to avoid breakouts to avoid “stressing your skin”, making it vulnerable for the Winter season.
Those are the five things that you need to do to gear your skin up for Winter.
Yours in Skin Therapy