We all know winter can be a beautiful sight, but it can also be down right damaging to our skin. Between the subzero temps, frigid winds, dark days and spending more time indoors, it’s common for skin to become dehydrated, irritated and lack luster. Consider some of my top tips to maintain a luminous complexion all year round.
Use a cream based cleanser in place of a foaming gel cleanser that often strips the skin of its natural oil barrier.
Add dry brushing to your weekly routine to benefit from increased lymph flow and gentle exfoliation. (Remember to use gentle strokes, brushing upwards towards the heart.)
Try adding CBD into your skin care regimen, as it is a wonderful anti-inflammatory ingredient that can decrease skin irritation and calm redness.
Always wear SPF 30 or higher on the face, neck, ears and hands. Even though the sun’s rays may not be as intense during the winter months, the rays are magnified by the reflection from snow and ice and can still cause severe burns.
Avoid or limit using products with high levels of astringents or alcohols, as these ingredients are drying in nature.
Increase your intake of antioxidant rich foods like kale, berries, avocado, spinach and citrus for extra protection against winter’s harsh elements.
To help balance the microbiome of the skin, try adding probiotics to your morning routine to decrease inflammation and keep things running smoothly. A happy gut not only boosts immunity but boosts skin health as well.
Eat foods that are rich in omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9 to maintain healthy skin cell membranes and boost your skin’s hydration and suppleness.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you normally run cold, try drinking liquids at room temperature so its easier on the system.
Run a humidifier in the bedroom at night so your skin can revel in some humidity while resting and repairing.
Avoid seasonal breakouts on the jawline, cheeks and forehead by keeping hats and scarfs clean and routinely laundered.
For those with sensitive skin, avoid direct contact to wool or fabrics that can cause irritation, itching and redness.