When the weather turns frosty, we know Winter has arrived and with its arrival we can look forward to a few things: cozy sweaters to bundle up in, snow for days, and a gazillion cups of hot cocoa to sip on. One thing that isn’t so welcome with the colder weather: the dry, flaky, irritated mess that Winter tends to turn our skin into. Spring is still a few months away, so there’s no time like the present to do some damage control so we can welcome the warmer weather as fresh as daisies. Here are a few of my favorite tried and true skin tips that keep me hydrated and glowing in no time flat:
Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate!
Skin can get especially dry and dull during the winter months, so it is super-duper important to make time for exfoliation in your skincare routine! When you exfoliate, you’re scrubbing off the dead skin cells to make room for the newer cells underneath. Your skin will look bright and fresh and feel so much softer!
Winter tends to mean cold and flu season, so your body’s immunity isn’t at its greatest. That’s why you need to make sure you’re packing in the nutrients you need to stay healthy and keep your skin in its best shape. Focus on foods rich in Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Vitamin C: these vitamins and minerals are vital to boosting your immune system as well as giving your skin the pick-me-up it needs to look great! Broccoli is full of Vitamin C and you can find Vitamin E in nuts like almonds (great for a quick snack!)
Hydration (Inside and Out)
While you’re running around and living your busy lives, don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking water! Drinking water helps collagen production and it flushes out the nasty toxins in your body that can cause acne and other skin problems. In addition to the recommended 2 liters of H2O a day, invest in a good moisturizer! Along with adequate hydration, a well working moisturizer will keep flakiness and dry spots at bay.
Catch Those ZZzzzz!!
Sleep: get as much of it as you can. It’s so important for your health as well as your skin, since it’s when you’re sleeping that your skin repairs itself. Word on the street is that you should aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep, but I know how life can get in the way. Try to get at least 5-7 hours if you can make the recommended 7-9!
Take it from me: the weather can be brutal but these skin saver tips will help your complexion stay quenched all season long. You can shop some of my favorite moisturizers and exfoliants below, from budget buys to beauty splurges: