Ahhhh, wintertime! The snow is falling, the fires are blazing, tasty treats abound… and a gentle reminder that keeping our skin looking and feeling its best during these coldest months of the year can be challenging! With the chilly weather comes dry, flaky skin. Between cabin fever dinners and exposure to cold winter air (and dry indoor heating), it’s not always easy to maintain good skincare. But that doesn't mean you need to drop what you're doing and dedicate yourself to a 12-step facial routine. In this blog post, we'll explore some chilly weather best practices for looking after your skin. So why not put up your feet, grab a mug of cocoa (or maybe a spiced cider if you’re feeling fancy!), and learn all about how to nourish and protect your face during these colder months?
Give Your Skin A Fresh Start Each Day With A Daily CleanserIt's important to establish a good skincare routine that works for your skin type. Start by determining if you have dry, oily, combination, or sensitive skin and use this information to find the right cleanser for you. Cleansing morning and night should be the foundation of any great skincare regimen. Granted that dryer types may only need to use a cleanser once a day or can rinse instead of using a cleanser, especially during colder temperatures. Gentle cleansers with added moisture will help keep your face looking healthy and feeling refreshed throughout cold winter days. Whatever type of complexion you have (dry, oily, combination, or sensitive) there's something that'll get your morning off to just the right beginning!
Don't Let Dead Skin Cells Define Your ComplexionExfoliating two to three times a week might seem like a lot of work to keep your skin looking its best, but trust me, it's worth it! Removing those pesky dead skin cells makes all the difference in the world. Not only will you look more awake and well-rested, but the brighter complexion that results from an exfoliation will make your skin appear more radiant. Éclat de Lait is an ultra-gentle yet effective exfoliating serum, formulated with 5% glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs are a powerful, go-to solution for tackling many common hyperpigmentation concerns, including acne scars, melasma patches and age spots. Éclat de Lait will help remove dead skin cells and reduce dark spots and discoloration without drying out your skin. Unlike other harsher exfoliants, Éclat de Lait will help to reveal brighter, smoother skin without stripping away the natural oils that keep your skin hydrated and glowing! As always, listen to your face! If you have more sensitive skin you might want to stick to exfoliating once or twice a week. Take some time for yourself and show your skin some love!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!Now that the temperature is dropping, I'm ready to treat my skin with a triple moisturizing dose of luxury. First I give my skin a little pampering with Éclat de Lait! This powerful serum provides gentle exfoliation, lifting and nurturing with its unique blend of chicory root, hibiscus and glycolic acid. Try out this plant-based formula that will help keep dead skin cells at bay! Afterward, I like to dab on a thin layer of Perle d’Eau topped off with another thin layer of Neige Éternelle. Bionassay’s lusciously light Perle d’Eau is a rich moisturizer that hydrates and protects dry and stressed skin. It contains ingredients like milk thistle, shea butter, squalane, green tea and edelweiss. Neige Éternelle is an ultra-rich mix of wintergreen, padina pavonica, brown algae, amino acids, salicylic acid, and fatty acids designed to replenish your complexion like no other!
Be bold in selecting an appropriate moisturizer! In the cold winter months, moisturizing your skin becomes extra important as the temperature drops and the wind increases. Both of these are notorious for making your complexion feel tight and dry. Finding a good moisturizer is not as tricky as it seems. If you find that your skin tends to be on the dry side, then go for a cream or ointment with some added weight, this will lock in more moisture and keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated throughout the colder weather. Those with oily or combination skin may benefit from lighter, hydrating moisturizers that offer the perfect balance for their complexion. And lastly, let’s not forget to apply some sunscreen for protection from the winter sun! Thank me later!
Protect Your Lips In Any Season!Sunburned lips are no fun! They can feel raw and uncomfortable, as well as chappy and dry. So if you're spending some time outside in the sun, make sure to use a lip balm with SPF protection. SPF stands for "sun protection factor," and it means there's an added ingredient that blocks out UV rays from the sun that could otherwise damage your pucker-precious lips! Sun protection can come in many forms, but the three most popular active ingredients are avobenzone, oxybenzone and PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid). All of which provide essential defense against harmful UV rays. Whether you're going on an adventure or hanging out around the block, always make sure to bring along your lip balm. It's an easy way to keep your lips happy, healthy and protected! Just a simple swipe of SPF goodness is all you need.
Drink A Steady Supply Of Water Each Day To Keep Your Skin GlowingKeeping our skin hydrated is one of the most important aspects of skincare. Look no further than reaching for a tall glass of H2O! Drinking plenty of water throughout the day ensures that your skin gets refreshed and revitalized from the inside out. It's a simple solution to maintain healthy and glowy skin. After all, our bodies are made up of 45-75 percent water, so it's essential to take regular steps to replenish what leaves your body through daily activities such as exercise, walking, etc. Drinking enough water helps maintain a natural balance and can even prevent breakouts!
Make Sure To Cover Up As Much As Possible To Prevent WindburnBeing outdoors during wintertime is fun! You can even get a lot of great exercises done in the cold air. However, it's always important to remember to bundle up properly. Gloves, scarves, hats and other accessories are a must so that you don't suffer from windburn caused by being out in cold temperatures without the proper protection. Make sure to wear accessories that keep your face warm and safe from extreme cold weather. So grab all your necessary winter gear before heading out into the cold and enjoy your time outside while staying warm!
A simple and regular skincare routine is key to keeping your skin healthy, particularly in the winter months. A combination of protective outerwear, SPF protection, and daily skincare can help keep your skin soft and free from windburn, sunburn, and other cold weather annoyances. And although exfoliating may seem like a tedious process, it can really make all the difference in how great your skin looks and feels. Don’t forget to use a cleanser tailored to your skin type, exfoliate regularly, moisturize often, and protect yourself from harsh outdoor elements. You will be well on your way to perfect winter skin!
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