Colder days are ahead and your wardrobe is not the only thing that needs to change. Your skin is also affected by the chillier days and harsh winds, but also the indoor heating. As a result, you can end up with sore red patches, dry and flaky skin and chapped lips. There is no reason to panic, your skin can be just as sparkly as the first snow, as long as you tweak your beauty routine. Here are some great tips to winter-proof your skin and make the holiday season as merry as it gets.
Start from the inside
An adequate diet is one of the best ways to fight against dull, dry skin typical for the winter season. That’s why you should adapt your nutritional plan to the current circumstances and include more anti-inflammatory and hydrating foods. Some of the best choices for your skin are pomegranate seeds, sweet potatoes, kale, whole eggs, citrus fruits, walnuts, oysters, sunflower seeds and salmon.
DIY skin-soothing recipes
Some of the things you need to sooth the winter skin can be found in your own kitchen, only this time you shouldn’t eat them, but use them to prepare beauty products. These include mixes like orange and coconut, lavender and calendula, and honey and avocado. These masks, balms and hydrating oils will keep the inflammations far from your skin, and prevent cracks and dullness.
Moisturize more than ever
Moisturizing is important during the summer, but when autumn comes knocking on your door and winter is waiting just around the corner, it is imperative to enhance your usual moisturizing technique. There are several different ways to improve your moisturizing efforts:
Use a humidifier to add moisture to the indoor air, especially during the night.
Drink a lot of water.
Use essential oils to hydrate your face, neck and body.
Replace your moisturizer with a high-quality product containing an SPF. Product lines like Ultraceuticals also have some additional useful features, such as anti-aging and mattifying effects.
Exfoliate once a week
Exfoliation serves not only to remove the dead skin cells from your face, but also to help your skin absorb all of the nourishing winter-proofing products you are using as a part of your skincare routine. You can choose to purchase face and body scrubs, and if you do that, you will need a quality product like Lush, St. Ives or Origins. Also, you can make your own exfoliator at home with ingredients like oatmeal and honey. After exfoliation, you should apply a hydrating skin mask.
Treat yourself to a facial
A facial is the best way to kickstart your winter skincare routine, especially if you rarely allow yourself that “luxury”. It would be ideal to go to a professional beautician and get a facial that addresses your skin issues, as well as the change of the season. If that is not possible, you can always try an at-home facial. Here are the steps to a perfect at-home facial:
Cleanse – first, wash with lukewarm water and then clean with an alcohol-free cleanser
Steam – bring water to a boil, drape a towel over your head and lean your face over the pot
Use a treatment mask suitable for your skin type
Use a toner to treat and soothe your complexion
Moisturize, but don’t forget your neck and the area around your eyes
Use natural skincare products
The majority of the conventional skincare products are polluted with toxins and chemicals that can cause additional damage to your skin and trigger an inflammatory response. Also, some of them, especially cleansers, contain alcohol which can dry out your skin even more. It is always better to use organic products based on natural and harmless ingredients.
Improve your circulation
Winter can take quite a toll on your blood flow and, besides impacting your overall health, poor blood flow can give you unflattering skin tone, blotchy complexion, skin pigmentation, dark circles around the eyes, and new wrinkles. There are several things you can do this autumn and winter to improve your circulation and – with it – your skin health, as well:
Stick to a diet rich in vitamins B, C, D and E
Use vitamin supplements
Massage your face, hands and feet, and go for a full-body massage once a month
Drink teas which improve your blood flow
Exercise – head to the gym or exercise at home; yoga can be extremely useful because it contributes to the detoxification of the body, and helps get the blood flowing to every part of your body, including the face.
See? There was no reason to panic. Your skin can still be perfect during autumn and winter, as long as you follow these tips.
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