What is winter anymore?
Snowstorms followed by 60 degree days are becoming commonplace. Sh*t is cray. However, we still have just under two months left of this winter season, so it's important to have our beauty bags prepped for those bone chilling temps we do experience.
If you're like me, then you live in this psycho universe where your oily skin simply ODs on its sebum production in the warmer months, only to shock you with a dry patch or two in the winter. What gives??
Basically, the air is dry. Therefore, your skin is dry. Yes, even your super sebum-producing skin. That said, it's important to protect our skin from the environmental elements in the winter months. Read: moisturize. Read: sunscreen.
I felt completely confident in my own winter skin care regimen until I had to take a trip to Minneapolis where the high temps in January flirt with the negative teens 😳. Enter: freak out mode. Insert: face balm supreme.*
*I am lucky enough to have a best friend (Hey Sam) who enjoys concocting her own lip balms, face creams and body lotions, so my cold weather freak out didn't last long when I remembered I had a face butter she'd made for me. (Think Shea butter + cocoa butter + some fun oils to keep the moisture locked in and boom - you've got my mix.) But what do you do if you don't have a personal Samantha as I do? Read on for skin saving tips on these frigid temps.
1. Drink water - a hydrated body = hydrated skin.
2. Search for oil-based moisturizers. Sounds counter intuitive for us oily girls, I know, but oil serves as a protective barrier against the dry air and really locks in moisture. Tip: look for non-clogging oils such as avocado oil, mineral oil, and primrose oil.
3. Wear sunscreen. The winter sun (and even the glare from the snow!) can still affect your skin. Keep it cute-- only SPF 30 and up.
4. Lather your limbs. The skin on your Hands and feet is very thin and has few oil glands, so it's harder to keep them moisturizer. Again- think butters, balms, and oils.
5. Pause on the peels- We all love a good face mask, but it's best to take a break from the decloggers that aim to remove oils, as these may prove to be too drying in the winter months. Reach for your moisturizing masks instead.
6. Bathe in warm water. - I'm the queen of bathing in a scalding hot shower, but it's never a good look for your skin. Hot water breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin that help to maintain the moisture in your skin.
7. Humidifiers work wonders. - if you're wondering why you're finding it harder to breathe at night, it's because of the heat in your home / dry air being pumped into the air. Humidifiers can help to keep the air and therefore your skin moisturized. However, they can be expensive. DIY humidifiers work just as well.