How to Beat Winter Weather Skin

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It’s that time of the year again, where those long days of summer are a distant memory

and what we are left with are cold snowy days, and a hope that spring is on its way. However, the snow and grim weather outside are not the only give away that sunny weather is months away. One look in the mirror and your skin screams out winter. Unfortunately, thanks to the cold weather outside and the dry weather inside your skin is dry, flaky and dull. However we’ve compiled a list of tricks to beat cold weather skin before it begins. Read on to beat winter skin and have your skin thanking you.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

We all know this rule, and probably one that we follow religiously, But it’s important that you are moisturizing with something a little bit more potent during the winter months. Just as you get rid of the tank tops and shorts for the scarves & mittens, you should do the same with your skincare items. That light oil-free moisturizer that you absolutely love might not give your skin what it needs, so instead opt for one that is slightly heavier than the one your currently using, such as: Philosophy, Hope in a Jar Daily Moisturizer. This lightweight moisturizer comes in 3 formulas for every skin type.

Block it

Just because it’s cold and grey outside, it doesn’t mean you should stop protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun! On the contrary, the sun acts as a reflector for those nasty UV rays that cause skin damage and potentially worse, cancer. Look for a block with an SPF of 25 or a tint with broad spectrum sun protection, such as: Dermalogica, Solar Defense Booster spf 50. Use this gem to add UVA & UVB defense to your moisturizer or foundation.

Slough it OFF

Whether we like it or not, exfoliating the skin is something that we should do on a regular basis, (especially if you are oily) summer, OR winter. By exfoliating the dry areas of the skin, your moisturizer will penetrate better.  As well, your skin will have a more dewy glow rather than lack luster. Try: Nude Skincare, Perfect Polish. A gluten-free, paraben-free, cream exfoliator suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

 

 

 

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Get the glow

If you are a sun worshiper and a lack of sun is getting you down every time you look in the mirror, use a moisturizer with a self-tanner mixed in to give your skin a subtle glow. These moisturizers are a great way to give your skin a hint of color without looking overly done, as they gradually input color. Use it once or twice a week, for a natural glow. Try: St. Tropez, Gradual Tan for Face. It’s pleasant smelling and leaves no streaks.

Mask it

If your skin is on the extra dry side, treat yourself to a moisture mask once a week. Not only is it a good excuse to find some quiet time, but it will have your skin feeling smooth and supple. Try Dr. Hauschka, Moisturizing Mask. It will Help to calm and soothe dehydrated skin and replenish moisture.

Cool the Bath

The skin on your body also gets affected by the harsh weather outside. Avoid hot baths and showers during the winter months, as they will strip the skin of the natural oils and cause it to get dry and itchy. Instead, opt for a nice tepid bath and use a moisturizing scrub like:  HelloMellow’s  Relax Scrub to moisturize your skin as you slough off the dead cells!

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Don’t forget

Don’t neglect the hands and the lips! The hands are one of the most neglected areas during winter, give them some TLC, by applying a hand cream such as: Burt’s Bees, Thoroughly Therapeutic Hand Cream with Honey & Grapeseed Oil daily. And for the lips try: Lavanila, The Healthy Lip Screen SPF 30 to keep your puckers smooth and flake-free. 

 

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Rockie

Rockie, is a makeup junkie, living north of the border with her husband and exclusively breastfed baby girl! She dreams to one day live in a sunnier and warmer city, but for now, tries to see the beauty in snow and the cold weather.She loves learning new things and enjoys the unexpected surprises life has to offer. You can catch snippets of her life at her blog, Life Unexpected, and follow her on Pinterest and Twitter.

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