How To Adapt Your Skincare To Cold Weather

In California, we’re barely breaking out our jackets. But in other parts of the country, and the world, you’re starting to don your favorite coats, boots, and scarves. The hot summer forced us to address and do away with the oil and dirt in our skin. Now as we’re about to embrace the winter, we have to start switching our products to protect us from the harsh cold and winds.

When thinking about our skin, we have to think head-to-toe. It’s not just about the skin we see peaking out from under our clothes: neck, hands, face.  We have to also think about the skin we keep covered as the weather can still affect us. As you make the transition into winter, think about these five tips so your skin stays hydrated and healthy all-year-round.

SHAMPOO LESS

Shampooing every day will only strip you of your natural oils which can lead to a dry scalp and breakage. Unless you sweat profusely during workouts or have dandruff, it’s not necessary to shampoo more than every few days.

MOISTURIZE OFTEN

Moisturize before you head out into the cold as well as before you head to sleep. Most importantly, switch from your summer lotions to your winter body butters or body creams. Look for thicker formulas that will absorb well and lock in the moisture instead of thin water-based products. If you can’t wear gloves during the day, make sure to moisturize your hands as often as possible as they’re the most susceptible to dryness.

UPGRADE YOUR FACIAL CLEANSER

Switch from a gel or foaming cleanser to a cream wash or cleansing oil. They will still clean your complexion without stripping your skin of its moisture. To undo any damage, we recommend following up your cleanser with a serum to correct any dullness, dry spots, or fine lines.

EXFOLIATE A FEW TIMES A WEEK

For any dry skin that will inevitably accumulate, make sure to exfoliate with natural sugar or salt scrubs to keep your skin smooth, providing a clean slate for the constant application of moisturizer.

STAY HYDRATED BY EATING THE RIGHT FOODS

Eat food with a higher water content to hydrate your skin from the inside out. While some of the more notable fruits with a high water content are not in season (watermelon, berries, oranges), other options such as tomatoes, cauliflower, eggplant, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, and peas all have a high water content ranging from 87% and 93%.

~Brianne Nemiroff