7 Winter Skincare Tips

Now that winter is knocking on the door it’s time to change up your skincare routine. Most people only think about the nice temperatures that California has to offer during the winter months. What they don’t realize is that the humidity drops big time in the fall and winter, and that’s bad news for your skin!

It’s important to switch up your skincare game to help protect it from the dry conditions. Here’s our top seven tips to help keep your skin soft and smooth during the cold, dry months.

  1. Trap Moisture

    Lathering up with a moisturizing lotion or cream is probably part of your daily routine. The problem is that the cool, dry winter air might be soaking it all up. A smart thing to do during the cooler months is to trap that moisture with clothing. Cotton gloves, long sleeve shirts, or scarves are all good options depending on which part of your body needs the moisture most.

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  3. Exfoliate

    This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin glowing. The harsh conditions of the cooler months beat your skin up, creating more dead skin cells. Removing these dead cells can help your beautiful new skin shine and absorb more moisture. How often should you exfoliate? It depends on how sensitive your skin is. If you have really sensitive skin, once a week might be good. If you have normal skin, you can exfoliate two or three times a week.

  4. Lukewarm Showers

    A big temptation in the winter months is to take long, hot showers. The problem is that this can strip a lot of the natural oils from your skin causing it to dry out. Taking quick showers that aren’t quite so hot can help you retain some of those oils.

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  6. Choose a Good Moisturizer

    The ingredients of your moisturizer make a big difference. A good idea is to use one that is oil based option that doesn’t have petroleum as an ingredient. This can help add some of those natural oils back that you probably washed off in your hot, hot shower.

  7. Use a Humidifier

    If you turn your heater on during the winter, it’s drying out already dry air. To counter this, you can use a humidifier. Put it in your room and turn it on while you sleep. This will add some moisture to the air and work miracles for your skin in the long run.

  8. Drink Water

    When the temperatures drop, it’s natural to drink more hot drinks. If you’re worried about your skin, however, it’s all about the water. Drink lots of it. If you are dehydrated, your skin will pay the price.

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  10. Eat Healthy

    In addition to drinking more water, eating the right foods can make a big difference. A few examples of good foods include cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, kiwi, and other moist fruits and veggies. Also make sure you get enough vitamin C and zinc. This helps your body produce collagen and elastin which are key to the health of your skin.

Try all of these tips and see how your skin feels this winter. You can also visit our Student Salon & Spa* for a facial or skin treatment. Schedule an appointment today to give your skin the attention it deserves!

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