Do you really need to switch your whole beauty routine when winter rolls around? The simple answer is - no, not really. As long as you're using the essentials in your routine, then you shouldn't need much more than that to maintain healthy skin. If you’re someone who tends to live a minimal lifestyle, you may opt for a condensed routine, with one or two major products that serve you well year – round. To help save you even more time this season when developing your routine, we curated the top 8 skincare tips to incorporate this winter.
Top 8 Winter Skincare Tips
1) Lip Care
Don’t forget your lips! Your lips are more exposed to the cold weather because the skin here is thinner than the skin on your body and doesn’t have the same type of complex lipid barrier. To protect them, use a lip balm or a moisturizing lip gloss or a lipstick made with natural emollient oils.
2) Use a Ceramide - Rich Moisturizer
If you want to keep a minimal routine through the winter months, consider using a body moisturizer enhanced with ceramides. Ceramides are a small lipid molecule found in the outermost layer of skin called the epidermis. However, the natural ceramides in our skin tend to lose their effectiveness with factors like age and free radical damage. Using a ceramide – rich body moisturizer will reinforce your skin’s natural barrier and increase hydration - be on the look out for our new body butter formula that will include Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides.
3) Wear SPF
Although you may live in a location that doesn’t get much sun during the winter months, that doesn’t mean you should skip on the SPF. UV rays can trigger free radical development, leading to long term skin damage, so it’s important to use SPF to protect your skin, regardless of the season. A rule of thumb is to consider using a broad spectrum, mineral, SPF 30 sunscreen.
4) Healthy Nutrition
Take care of your skin starting from the inside out! A poor, nutrient deficient diet can affect how your organs, hormones, and skin operate. Maintaining healthy nutrition through the colder, winter months is important to keep the cellular function of your skin working at an optimal level.
5) Face Oils or Serums
If you have dry skin, try using a face serum or oil after your face cream to add extra moisture. Face oils usually are plant-based oils in a single ingredient or multi-ingredient, waterless formula. Face serums are usually water-based formulas that are created to target certain skin conditions. Either one can boost your current skincare routine for added moisture.
6) Avoid Hot Showers
We’re definitely not saying to take cold showers – but being mindful of how hot the water is when you shower. Excessively hot water tends to lead to dry skin and can irritate certain skin conditions. If you already have dry skin or skin conditions where you skin is easily inflamed, it would be best to switch to a mild, or lukewarm shower instead.
7) Shave Less
Let’s be honest – as women, winter is usually when we grow our body hair out the most because we’re covered by long pants and shirts most of the day. This isn’t the worst thing to practice, since the more often you shave, the more your skin is prone to irritation, dryness, and inflammation. If you do have to shave often, we suggest using a pre – shave body oil, like our Bath, Body & Shave Oils.
8) Gentle Cleansers
If you have sensitive, mature, or dry skin, using a body wash and face cleanser that is gentle can help minimize the potential for irritation, redness, excessive dryness, or inflammation. Gentle cleansers typically use less harsh cleansing agents that won’t strip your skin of it’s natural barrier. Our Cream Body Washes are formulated with plant based and nourishing ingredients to replenish and moisturize the skin barrier.