There's no question that cold, dry winter weather is tough on everybody’s skin. When the season hits, it's time to give your skin a little extra TLC. After all, who couldn't use some self-care on dreary days where you just want to cuddle up under a cozy blanket? This Clean Beauty guide includes the best skin tips for winter, including how to pamper your skin and which products to add to your beauty routine checklist. With winter right around the corner, these small changes will set you up for success when the temperature dips in the weeks ahead.
Choose a Fragrance-Free Cleanser
Cleansing shouldn't make your skin feel tight and dry, especially when you're already worried about winter dryness. Instead, choose a cleanser that’s designed to keep skin hydrated without any irritating dyes and fragrances that can strip the skin of its natural oils. CLEAN RESERVE's Buriti Balancing Cleanser checks all of those boxes, and has an ultra-creamy, hydrating formula that leaves your skin feeling impossibly soft.
Moisturize Twice a Day
After cleansing in the morning and at night, you should always apply a soothing moisturizer. Choose a gentle formula with ingredients that deeply hydrate the skin. One of the best is CLEAN RESERVE Buriti Soothing Moisturizer, which features bilberry seed extract to help prevent water loss and strengthen the skin barrier.
Don't Forget Your SPF
Just because the days are darker doesn't mean you should skip out on your daily sunscreen. Be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin. Look for sunscreen formulas that include moisturizing ingredients to help offset the aridness winter brings.
Use a Humidifier
One of the best tips for keeping your skin from feeling dry and tight all winter long is to use a humidifier. This will add moisture to the air to help prevent hydration-loss from the skin. Ideally, your indoor humidity levels should hover between 30% and 50%.
Avoid Steamy Showers
While getting into a hot shower may seem particularly inviting when it's cold out, it can actually dry your skin out more. Keep your shower water warm rather than hot or you risk worsening any issues with dryness that have developed in the winter.
Drink Lots of Water
A better way to use your water is to drink it. Hydration becomes even more essential to your skin when temperatures drop. And the simplest, most effective way to stay hydrated is to drink more water. Plus, adding more water to your diet is scientifically proven to spur your skin’s biomechanics (translation: your winter skin loves it when you drink water).
Apply a Facial Mist
Face mists are one of the easiest ways to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. Simply spritz it on whenever your skin is feeling dry or tight for an instant boost of hydration. CLEAN RESERVE Elderflower Mist, for example, features fatty acid-rich buriti oil and avocado oil to help promote increased hydration and help keep skin supple and dewy.
See a Dermatologist
During the harsh winter months, whether from the cold outdoor air or dry indoor heat, many of the most common skin conditions worsen. These include:
Raynaud's disease and others
If you suffer from one of these skin conditions and the above tips aren't sufficient to keep symptoms under control, make an appointment with a dermatologist. These skin care experts can help you control flare-ups and find the best solution for your specific needs.
Redefine what it means to have winter skin with a better routine, and this winter might end up being your most well-hydrated, supple and dewy one yet. Small changes can lead to big results and maintaining consistency is key. Missing a day of good skincare can impact you for more than a day during these winter months, so it's important to start these changes now so they become part of your daily routine when it counts the most!