Tips for Glowing, Healthy Skin All Winter Long
Winter skin is a real thing, y’all. And while we can cover up our legs and arms with stylish clothes in the cooler weather, a glowing, healthy face is important all year long.
Are you one of those people who sticks to the same routine and the same products whether it’s January or July? You might be doing your skin a disservice. This season, treat yourself to a skin routine that will keep you glowing and smiling until spring comes back.
Your Ideal Winter Skin Routine
Upgrading your routine in the colder months doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Here are a few recommendations for daily skin care.
Switch to a thicker moisturizer.
In the summer, we tend to use lightweight moisturizers that don’t clog our pores and absorb quickly. In the winter, experts suggest switching to something a little thicker and richer. Remember, though, sunscreen is still important in the winter months, so find a moisturizer that includes SPF, or layer sunscreen over your moisturizer.
Use a moisturizing face wash and cooler water.
Switching up your face wash in the winter months is also a good idea. Experts suggest a creamy formula – rather than a gel or foam — for the best effect. And skip the hot water as you wash your face and body.
Consider using a toner to seal in moisture.
Think of a toner as a clarifying product for your skin — it makes sure it’s squeaky clean. That said, if you’ve always skipped toner in the past, using a toner can make it easier for your skin to absorb moisturizer.
Homemade Mask Recipes
Experts generally agree that too much exfoliation is not only unnecessary, it can be harmful for your face. When you want to treat your face to something special, homemade masks and scrubs can be better and more fun than many commercial products. Here are a few moisturizing ideas for self-care night. (Remember to test a small area first to determine skin’s sensitivity.)
Mix together half of a ripe avocado, a tablespoon of plain yogurt and a teaspoon each of honey and olive oil. Blend well and pat onto your face. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then wash off.
Take a ripe banana, mash well, and then mix with ¾ cup of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of olive oil. Pat the blended mixture onto your face. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then wash off.
Egg White Mask
Egg whites are known for collagen — the same thing that gives skin elasticity. For this mask, whisk one egg white until foamy, then add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Pat the mask onto your face, and wait until the egg whites feel dry. Wash off with warm water.
Brown Sugar Scrub
If your skin could use a nice scrub, why not use the brown sugar in your pantry? For this scrub, mix together one tablespoon of organic brown sugar with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Then gently apply the scrub using circular motions. Wash off with warm water.
Are Steam Rooms Useful?
If you have access to a steam room, it can definitely benefit your skin. The humidity helps rid your skin of toxins and even improves circulation. If you aren’t a member at a gym with a steam room, you can still recreate the effect in your bathroom by running a hot shower. Just don’t actually bathe in the water!
Are Supplements Worth It?
What about a special supplement for skin health? We’ve all gone down the beauty aisle in our favorite store and spotted the latest capsule or gummy, promising the skin of our dreams. Should we shell out the cash for these? As it turns out, most experts say no. As long as you’re caring for your skin otherwise, these additional supplements won’t do much. Yes, your skin needs nutrition and water, but it should ideally come from a healthy diet.
Written by: Denise K. James