Moisturize! Morning and night, after cleansing, toning, and applying your serum, layer on your moisturizer. Although you should be using a moisturizer year-round, it is especially important to not skip this step during the winter months. A moisturizer is necessary to help add moisture into your skin and keep water from evaporating from your skin.
Pay attention to your hands. Always wear gloves when you’re outside and keep a fragrance-free hand cream with you so you can re-apply throughout the day.
Choose fragrance-free products. Although fragrances can make some products smell delicious, they can be irritating if your skin is sensitive.
Lower the heat. High heat not only leads to drier skin, but drier lips, nose and throat. While driving, showering, or spending time in doors, keep the heat at a low setting you are comfortable with and layer on your clothing for warmth. Consider investing in a humidifier which will help replace moisture that is lost in the air.
Wear protective clothing. This includes heavy jackets, a hat, scarf, and gloves. This will help shield your skin from the elements, including wind, which can contribute to dryness.
Don’t over-exfoliate. Don’t skip out on exfoliating altogether during the winter months because you still want to remove dead skin cell build up that can make your skin look flaky.
Use moisturizing treatments. This includes at the spa and at-home. Consider face masks that help moisturize the skin, like an overnight cream mask, or a chocolate face mask that contains cocoa and coconut oil, two ingredients that help make the skin feel soft and smooth.
Eat smarter and don’t hibernate. Although the winter time means sweatshirts and clothing to cover everything up, don’t let that affect your eating or exercise habits. Nutrition, exercise and your skin care routine are all important for maintaining healthy skin.
Wear sunscreen. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is or how cold it is outside. Especially if you like to hit the slopes this time of year, protecting your skin is a must.
See a Licensed Esthetician. If the winter always seems to be a rough time for you and your skin, consider visiting a skin care professional. A licensed esthetician can analyze your skin and guide you with the right skincare choices for the winter.