How to Keep Your Skin Glowing All Winter Long
By Suzie Michael Galway | Dec 15, 2020
There’s lots to love about winter: the crisp morning air, the festive gatherings, the holiday drinks menu at your local coffee shop. However, if you suffer from dry skin, then you know that winter brings with it another trifecta: tightness, itchiness and flaking. Thankfully, there are a few key steps you can take to maintain your skin’s glow as temperatures drop and you feel that all-too familiar itch of dry skin creeping in.
Ahead, our top 5 tips for keeping your skin in check this winter.
Opt for gentle cleansers and exfoliants
At-home chemical peels and cleansers loaded with exfoliating acids are amazing for sloughing away dead skin and oil buildup in the summer, but when it’s freezing outside and your skin is already cracked and peeling? The mere thought of an acid peel is probably enough to send chills down your spine. (And things are already chilly enough as it is, thanks.)
Instead, reach for gentle cleansers in soothing balm, milk or oil formulas—like Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser—that won’t strip your skin of the natural oils that you desperately want to hold onto. If you find that your skin is starting to peel and you want to buff away some of those flakes, reach for gentle (like, very gentle) exfoliating products, like Caudalie’s Gentle Buffing Cream. (Did you notice the word ‘gentle’ in there?)
Upgrade your moisturizer
Storing a gel moisturizer in the fridge during the summer to use as a cool pick-me-up? Heaven! Doing that in the winter? Cruel and unusual punishment. But no matter where you store them, those light gel textures aren’t going to do the trick when it comes to preventing moisture from escaping your skin in the winter, so swap them out for thick balms and masks that can lock in hydration, like My Topicals Like Butter Hydrating Mask and Farmacy Beauty’s Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer.
Continue wearing sunscreen daily
Wearing SPF every day is the most effective way to invest in your skin’s health in the long run. Staying protected in the winter is especially important because not only are you getting sun exposure the usual way (from you know, the sun), but UV rays also bounce off any snow on the ground—it is a reflective surface, after all—and onto your skin, resulting in up to twice the amount of UV exposure! I’m a fan of Everyday Humans’ Rosé S'il Vous Plait SPF 30 Gentle (look, there’s my favorite word again!) Mineral Sunscreen, but any sunscreen you’ll actually wear every day is the one you should go with to keep your skin protected from sun damage signs like dullness and dark spots.
Watch your shower temperature
Apologies in advance for being the bearer of bad news but here goes: your super-hot showers are drying out your skin. I know. I’m sorry. While few things are as instantly comforting as stepping into a steaming hot shower when it’s cold outside, doing so can strip your skin of its natural oils and damage your skin barrier, making it more prone to inflammation, dryness and itchiness—all things that don’t exactly scream glowing skin.It can also aggravate existing conditions like eczema. That’s bad enough for your limbs but if you’re also washing your face in the shower? Oof.
Add in an antioxidant
One of the most effective, clinically proven ways to make your skin glow is by adding an antioxidant to your routine. They help to reverse and prevent free radical damage that can lead to dullness and premature signs of aging. JB Skin Guru’s La Bruine Vitaminée is a soothing, anti-inflammatory option you can use in the morning and throughout the day to wake your skin up—an absolute necessity on those days the sun sets at 4:30pm.
Photo Credit: Michelle Terris