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COLD WEATHER SKIN CARE ESSENTIALS

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The winter months can be harsh on the skin, but these cold weather skin care essentials will ensure that your skin is able to maintain a healthy state throughout the season. From a moisturizing eye cream to a nourishing body scrub, each of these items are well worth investing in.

Eye Cream 

Even if you are someone that does not usually use an eye cream, this is still a product that is worth giving a go during the winter months. The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate, meaning that the harshness of the season can really have an effect here. An eye cream will not only protect and nourish this area, but also keep it moisturized, because, without any oil glands, it is one of the first areas of the face to show the signs of winter dryness.

Body Scrub 

Exfoliation is key during the winter, and while you likely already regularly exfoliate your face, it is important not to forget about your body, even if it is being kept hidden under multiple layers. There are certain ingredients that are extremely beneficial in a cold weather body scrub, from coconut oil, which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, to sugar, which is a humectant.

Face Mask 

Your skin heals and regenerates while you are asleep, but this is also the time when your skin cells end up losing quite a bit of moisture. While you do not need to use a face mask every night, using this weekly will really enhance your skin, as it will form a permeable seal above its surface, ensuring that all of its ingredients can soak into your skin, nourishing it as you sleep.

Hand Cream 

Your hands experience plenty of wear and tear over the years, and, in the cold weather, they can often end up dry and cracked. A hand cream is essential if you want to prevent this, and should be applied whenever your hands have been washed, ensuring that your skin is still damp when you apply the cream.

The winter months can really take their toll on your skin, which is why you should always up the level of care that you provide it with at this time of the year. From keeping a hydrating hand cream next to all of the taps in your house, to using an overnight face mask on a weekly basis, these items will help to keep your skin looking and feeling its very best.

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PREPARING YOUR SKIN FOR WINTER

Woman hudling up in a sweater

The winter can bring about a wide range of skin issues, from dry patches to itchiness to a pale and sallow complexion. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that you can take to prevent this all from happening, allowing your skin to truly thrive amongst the harsh days of winter.

A Richer Moisturizer

While a lighter lotion may have been sufficient during the summer, and even the fall, now is definitely the time to be swapping this out for a richer and thicker moisturizer. Your skin loses much more moisture during these drier months, so it is important for you to be replenishing this as much as possible. Emollients, such as argan oil or jojoba, will add moisture to your skin, while occlusive ingredients, such as shea butter and coconut oil, will really help to lock this moisture in, so products containing a combination of the two are always going to be best.

Regular Skin Treatments

While creams and serums are great for the skin, facial masks are able to penetrate the skin’s layers much more effectively, meaning that their active ingredients will be much more powerful. Using a facial mask once or twice a week will really help to strengthen your skin and improve its protective barrier, enabling it to really defend itself against the harshness of winter. There are facial masks available for just about every skin issue out there, from aging skin to dehydrated skin to oily skin, so be sure to choose one that is designed to bring about the results that you are looking for.

Short, Warm Showers

It is always tempting, especially when it is freezing cold outside, to enjoy a leisurely steaming shower at the end of the day. However, hot water will only strip your skin of its natural oils, which would otherwise be protecting it from the environment around it, making it much more susceptible to damage. To avoid this, shorter showers of no more than ten minutes once a day, using warm rather than hot water, are best.

Resist Those Comfort Foods

Once the colder weather sets in, comfort food becomes much more appealing, but these do not usually contain the nutrients necessary for keeping the skin, and body, healthy during the winter. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an absolute must, with yellow and orange foods being especially beneficial to the skin, as these contain high amounts of vitamin A.

Rather than waiting for the harsh weather to begin having a negative impact on your skin, it is important to begin preparing for this from as early on as possible. From switching to richer creams to finding healthy versions of your favorite winter comfort foods, these tips will help your skin to thrive throughout the cold season.