While a lot of us tend to find beauty products we like and stick with them all year long, it’s important to realize that the cold winter months create conditions that may require us to make some changes.
Reevaluate your skin care products
During the winter months, skin can become especially dry and sensitive. Because of this, it’s a good idea to check the ingredients in your skin care products (and even your perfumes and detergents) to see if there are ingredients that can potentially irritate your skin. For example, many anti-aging ingredients may be a little too harsh for skin that is already extra-dry and sensitive due to the cold, dry weather. Added fragrances can also be particularly irritating during the winter months.
If your skin does get especially dry and sensitive during the winter months, try richer moisturizers without added fragrances. And if you can’t bear the thought of skipping your anti-aging treatments, look for a gentle but effective moisturizer that you can layer with your anti-aging products, to avoid excess dryness.
By now, everyone should know that sunscreen is important even in the winter months. But what most do not realize is that the cold weather can dry out the sunscreen and strip it from your skin. You may actually need to reapply your sun protection even more often if you’re outside for long periods of time during the winter months.
A windburn can be as unpleasant as a sunburn – maybe even more so. If your skin is exposed to the cold winter wind for any length of time, the wind can actually chafe your skin, leaving it red and blistered. If you’re going to be spending time outside in the windy weather, you should be sure to apply a thick moisturizer to act as a barrier from the wind. You should also cover up as much of your skin as possible – make sure you wear gloves, a hat that covers your ears, and a scarf that can be pulled around the sensitive skin of your neck and face.
With a few tweaks, your skin care routine will be ready to face the winter cold.