As winter is bearing down across the Canadian landscape, many of us have noticed extreme skin reactions to the cold. Sudden changes in temperature (as when you come inside to a heated home from the chilly outdoors) can wreak havoc on your face, which is most often exposed to the elements. Most Canadians experience skin problems in the winter months, whether it’s dry and tight feeling skin, windburned skin from weekends on the slopes or breakouts from a change in diet with Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas all back to back. The winter doesn’t have to have a negative effect on your skin, you just need to be prepared for what the cold months have in store for you! Dryness, flakiness, redness and itchiness are common skin ailments this time of year, but there are a few tricks you can try to restore much-needed moisture and balance to your skin.
Winter Skin Care Tips
- Avoid taking long, hot showers. Hot showers actually strip your skin of natural oils, so while the steam may feel nice on your skin, it’s actually very dehydrating.
- Switch to richer skincare products. Even if you tend to prefer lotions and lighter creams throughout the year, during harsh winter months your skin will quickly soak up a heavier moisturizer. Try applying a serum and follow with a rich cream to lock in that moisture. Our Youth Power Serum and Cream or Hydra Perfection Serum and Cream are great options for winter skin care.
- Be careful of over-exfoliating parched skin. Use a gentle cleanser once a week (try our soothing cleansing cream) and avoid stressing out already flaky or irritated skin areas.
- Skin pulls moisture out of the air to stay hydrated, so keep your home or apartment nice and humid by boiling a pot of water on the stove and allowing that moisture to enrich the indoor air.
- Stick to a healthy diet. Just because you are stuck inside, doesn’t mean you need to change your eating habits. Healthy skin starts on the inside. Be sure to drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables!