Winter Skin Care Tips
Long days of warm sunshine are officially over and the season for dry skin is in full swing! This can be a challenging time for a lot of people when it comes to the upkeep and maintenance of healthy skin. As it is the prime time for skin conditions to flare up, such as eczema & psoriasis, i'm sure you are wondering how you can prepare and protect your skin from the damaging effects of cold weather. We drafted together some tips, tricks, and holy grail products we depend on to help you maintain glowing, plump skin all year long!
Establish a solid skin routine - and follow it
Clearly, the selection of products to adopt in your winter skin routine is critical, but putting forth the extra steps to make sure you follow that routine every day is just as important. Our skin is at a higher risk of becoming dehydrated when the air outside is cold, so nourishment and hydration are key when it comes to choosing the right products for our skin! The typical evening routine should include a cleanser, occasional exfoliant, toner, serum of some degree, and a moisturizer. These are the basics that make way for healthy skin throughout the whole year!
Wear sunscreen year-round
Whether you’ve heard it a million times by now or this is your first, studies have shown SPF is an absolute must-have on the daily. Contrary to popular belief in the past, your skin can absolutely get sun damage outside of the summer months. To fully protect your skin, you need to incorporate SPF into your morning routine and allow ample time for it to set in before exposure to the sun. 3 helpful tips that have come our way over the years:
- Keep an extra bottle or tube in your purse for re-application throughout the day
- Dont forget to bring it down your neck & chest for full protection. As they say, your neck shows your age!
- Don’t skimp on SPF! K-beauty sunscreens are known for their silky smooth, non-white cast leaving formulas that break the stereotypes behind most sunscreens found in the US (bad flashbacks to public-pool days am I right?). The days where sunscreen is viewed as a nuisance are over!
KEEP COOL Sun Essence (SPF 50) and COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream (SPF 50) are two great K-beauty favorites with ultra creamy, hydrating formulas for every day application. Both work great in your bag or purse for traveling and on the go reapplication.
Dont skip exfoliation
Exfoliation should be considered for your routine year-round, but in the winter, exfoliating on the regular is a great way to remove dead, dry skin cells. Exfoliating helps rejuvenate the outermost layer of your skin, allowing it to absorb product to the best of its ability, and build a strong moisture barrier that is so hard to protect in the winter months. When it comes to exfoliation, there are quite a few options to achieve great results! Check out KITAO Matcha + Chia Enzyme Washing Power for a more foamy, cleansing act of exfoliation. The Miracle Aha.Bha.Pha Toner by Some By Mi has a lightweight formula allowing for a gentle, soothing application. And Neogen Gauze Peeling Pads offer a complete, hands-on exfoliation experience.
Hit the home spa treatments more frequently
It’s only right we amplify the amount of time spent pampering ourselves with sheet masks and elaborate night routine self care vibes in the winter….our skin needs it! Winter is the perfect opportunity to take extra time for yourself, your night routine, and at home skin sessions. Whatever your home spa treatment of choice is… go the full mile and full send your self-care this year. I’m talking sheet masks, sleeping masks, lip masks, facial oils, hand serums, the whole ordeal to get that extra hydration in this season. Below are some great additions to consider when it comes to additional steps in your me-time.