Between the cold, biting wind outside and the hot, dry air from our heaters inside, winter can wreak havoc on your skin. But dry, chapped winter skin doesn’t have to be the norm. There are lots of ways you can protect your skin from the harsh winter elements. Just take a look at our list below and start implementing some easy habits for healthy winter skin today!
7 Simple Habits For Healthy Winter Skin
Invest In A Humidifier
A cool mist humidifier is a great way to add some moisture and offset the dry indoor air caused by having the heat turned on. Set one up near your bed to boost your beauty sleep.
Drink More Water
Nothing beats staying hydrated from the inside-out. Increasing your daily water intake has been shown to improve skin hydration. Try to drink at least one extra glass of water every day to reap the benefits.
Update Your Skincare Routine
Winter is a great time to reevaluate your skin care routine and swap in gentler products. Make sure your cleansers are free of harsh ingredients like alcohol, fragrances, and soap solvents (often listed as sodium lauryl sulfates) and limit the use of acid-based products.
Moisturize Deeply And Frequently
Using lotion during winter is obvious but that’s because it’s important! Be sure to moisturize right after you bathe while your skin is still a little damp to trap in the most hydration possible, as well as regularly throughout the day. Winter is also the time to choose thicker lotions and creams that provide deeper hydration.
Exfoliate Regularly But Gently
Exfoliating is key for removing dead skin cells and encouraging regeneration of new ones. However, how and when you exfoliate depends on your skin. If it’s very dry, limit exfoliation to once a month. If your skin is normal, opt for no more than once a week. And as mentioned above, stick to gentler exfoliators and be sure to moisturize immediately afterward.
Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen
Just because you aren’t spending as much time outdoors doesn’t mean you can skimp on the sunscreen in winter. Snow can reflect the sun's rays back, intensifying their effect. And even on overcast days, the UV rays still make it through the clouds and cause damage. Use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every single day.
Add Skin-Loving Foods To Your Diet
Optimal skin health starts from the inside, so it’s important to make sure your diet is full of skin-supporting foods and supplements. Opt for foods that are high in antioxidants (like dark, leafy greens and carrots) and healthy fats (think nuts and salmon). Adding a daily dose of Collagen Peptides is another great way to promote radiant skin all winter long. *
It’s easy to keep dry, winter skin at bay by implementing some (or all!) of the above tips. And don’t forget to stock up on Collagen Peptides to help your skin look visibly younger all year long!*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.