Okay so winter is upon us officially for about 2 and a half weeks now. And if you are in Toronto you know how frigid and cold it is! Cold weather has a tendency to make our skin dry, flaky and tight. We often also opt for hot beverages that might be sweet and comforting or caffeinated rather than hydrating.
The super cold weather can cause the evaporation of your skin’s moisture therefore it’s important to follow a skin care routine for soft glowing skin! We protect our skin from the harsh cold with layers and layers and in the summer we protect our skin with sunscreen – FYI sunscreen is also important in the winter months too!
But there’s more to protecting our glowing skin than just layers of clothing. . .
- Use a good moisturizer every morning and night after washing your face (I use Andalou brand moisturizers). Some moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can be drying, try a moisturizer that has natural ingredients.
- Moisturize your hands throughout the day – brands like Burts bees, Jason, Smith farms or Say Yes to coconuts
- Don’t forget the lip balm!
- Also, check your cleanser. We all love that squeeky clean feeling with a foamy cleanser but it makes your skin feel tight within seconds and that’s because its alkaline PH which strips the acid mantle from your skin and dries it out. Your skin’s PH is acidic therefore opt for a cleanser that’s soap free with a neutral PH.
- Drink lots of WATER and/or herbal teas – your skin needs hydration from the inside out after all we glow from the inside out
- Moisturize your body with a good quality hydrating skin oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil
- Eat food high in antioxidants with vitamins like Vitamin A, C, and E because they destroy free radicals and aid healing and repairing the skin.
- Also eat foods high in water and omega 3s like apples, oranges, cucumbers, celery, salmon and flaxseeds.
- Use a humidifier in your home. Heating systems also dry out the air and a humidifier can add some moisture.
- This one’s a hard one… avoid long hot showers. I know we love spending a little extra time in the hot water but this can actually strip the skin and hair of its moisture!
- Exfoliate your skin weekly! It’s harder for your skin to absorb anything if there is a layer of dead skin blocking it. Exfoliating will help to remove the dead skin cells so your skin can soak up all the glory aka the moisturizers.
- Try a hydrating mask. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, olive oil and aloe. Mix what you like together into a paste and leave on skin for 10-20 minutes or you can try a mask like;
My routine includes almost all of these! And I have found my that my body needs 4L of water in the winter months! In the morning I start with 1L of warm lemon water and throughout the day I drink about 3L of water and finish off with a herbal tea in the evening.
Stay hydrated for happy glowing skin!