Top cold weather skin care tips
While it may not be winter yet, the snow and sub-zero temperatures will be here before you know it. We may not be looking forward to the cold, but we still want to be prepared for it, so we’ve put together some simple skin care rules for staying gorgeous when winter comes. Read on for our best in cold weather beauty musts.
Don't skip the sunscreen
Just because the sun isn't shining as brightly as it was in July doesn't mean you can put your sunscreen away until next summer. It may not be bathing suit weather (more like multiple layers weather), but protecting your skin from the sun's rays is still a complexion must. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen (one that offers both UVA and UVB protection) with an SPF of at least 15. Find a face-specific product and apply before your day cream (let dry first) and then follow with the remaining steps of your beauty routine.
Sipping on a cool beverage may not be your first choice during the winter months, but it's just as important to stay hydrated now as it was during the hot, hazy days of summer. While you may gravitate towards hot chocolate and specialty coffees, do your best to drink water throughout the day. If warmer drinks are more what you crave, sip herbal tea instead of something caffeinated or filled with sugar. Sipping regularly will help keep you energized all day and make sure skin looks healthy and supple – not dry and lackluster.
Winter usually means dryer skin, which makes it even more important to exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. Skimping on this important step can leave skin looking dull and tired, whereas making sure to scrub (gently) once or twice weekly will ensure a smooth, even texture and brighter more youthful tone. Just be careful not to overdo it – you don't want to irritate the skin with too much rubbing and pulling. Opt for a gentle but effective formula that will leave your complexion looking healthy. Even just gently going over your face with a damp washcloth after you cleanse can help remove dead skin.
If your skin tends to be drier in the winter months, you may want to switch to a heavier moisturizer to combat the effects of the wind and dry air. You can also consider adding a serum beneath your night cream to further lock in moisture. Don't forget about hands and lips – two other areas that tend to dry out more as the temperature drops. Keep a hand cream and lip balm in your purse so you can hydrate chapped skin on the go. Check out some of our go-to picks.
- Hand cream: Keep L'Occitane Shea Butter Mini Hand Cream ($10) in your purse for easy, on-the-go hydrating – one of the best hand creams we've found.
- Lip balm: Keep your lips kissable and soft all winter with our all-time favorite pout product, Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve ($6).
- Facial moisturizer: You can't go wrong with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion ($13 to $25), a product that softens and smoothes without ever feeling greasy or heavy.