Whether you love winter and temporarily morph into a ski bum for the whole season or you hibernate by your home’s fireplace with hot chocolate and books all winter long, there’s no denying that your skin is not the biggest fan of the season. With these five tips, which includes using iderma’s® light therapy device, you can make sure your skin stays dewey and soft all winter long (but no guarantee on keeping your summer tan through it all). Read on to learn what you can do to help your skin survive winter.
Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
We have a lot to cover in this section! We’re sure you’ve felt the pain and annoyance of white flaky skin in the winter, whether it’s on your legs, arm, or face. Today we’re going to focus on taking care of your face, but make sure to moisturize the rest of your body as well!
Choose a new moisturizer for winter. You should find a moisturizer that has natural and nourishing ingredients. Putting oils or oil-based moisturizers on your face can help protect your skin from the wind and cold, but it’s hard for your face to absorb, so be careful how often you use it.
Also, you may be rocking thick sweaters all winter long, but that doesn’t mean thick moisturizer is OK in the winter! Just because it feels rich and thick and creamy and you think it’ll be perfect for winter doesn’t make it so.
Choosing a new winter moisturizer can mean different things for people in different spots of the skin spectrum (of oil to normal to dry skin); find one that works for you — typically a cream moisturizer — and use it often!
Moisturize immediately after you wash your face. You really can’t moisturize soon enough after taking your shower in the winter; long gone are the summer days of hopping out of the shower and not even needing to moisturize! Pat your face dry after your shower and apply moisturizer immediately. Pores open after you wash your skin, so they are ready and willing to take it all in.
Have fun with DIY masks! Who doesn’t like a night in with a movie, pint of ice cream, and a homemade face mask resting on their face? Put in all the good stuff — bananas, honey, avocado, yogurt, and more — and let your face relax from the hard, dry day out in the cold.
Overnight moisturization is key. OK, so now you’re moisturizing in the morning after you wake up and wash your face, but you really want this moisture to sink in. At night, apply even more moisturizer than you would regularly. It’s OK to let your face feel a little greasy from it all! Your skin will be grateful, and in the morning you will be, too.
Evaluate your exfoliation routine.
The majority of people really enjoy exfoliating and making their skin feel fresh and new. In the winter, however, you need to be careful with your exfoliation schedule.
Exfoliate less often than you normally do. This will obviously differ between different people and skin types, but you really don’t want to over-exfoliate. We just went over how you literally can’t moisturize too much in the winter, but the opposite is true when it comes to exfoliation.
You definitely want dead cells off your face, but we often have a habit of scrubbing it too much. In the winter, this can exacerbate the dehydrating effects of exfoliating. It strips the skin of essential oils, which you desperately need in the winter.
Use a gentler cleanser. Lots of cleansers exfoliate while cleansing your face, but you really don’t need that in the winter. Consider getting a gentler cleanser for the winter so you’re not stripping your face of the oils it needs to stay hydrated.
Hydrate everywhere you can.
Drink water often. How often do you hear this, really? Let’s all just do a lot of good for our bodies and commit to drink more water. If for no other reason than keeping your skin nice in the winter, drinking water is a habit you want.
Eat foods that help your skin. If you want to hydrate your body even more and just can’t down another bottle of water? Eat foods that are high in water content, and you’ll get even more benefits than you would from just drinking water (but do both!). Watermelons, cantaloupe, and apples are all full of water, and so are oranges, which are in season in the cold winter months! Celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, and more are other great options.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc, because they’ll help support production of collagen and elastin. If you’re wanting your skin to appear nice and smooth, then fatty fish, flaxseed, and other foods high in omega-3s are your go-tos.
Keep moisture in the air. It’d be wise to have a humidifier in your house during the cold winter months. You’ll most likely want it in the bedroom to help put moisture back into the air — and therefore your skin — while you’re in there. This will be especially important if you’re one of those people who tend to blast the heat in the winter.
Protect your skin outdoors.
Wear gloves and scarves outside. Here’s an excuse to buy more of those cute scarves and gloves you’ve been eyeing around town! The less exposed to the cold, dry air your skin is, the better it’ll feel and look. Be prepared and make sure your sensitive skin is protected!
Don’t go outside in the cold with damp skin. If you go outside with wet or damp skin, the cold air will dry it out even faster. Make sure when you’re running out in the morning after your shower that you’re nice and dry — your skin will thank you.
Wear sunscreen. Yes, even in the winter. Oh, you didn’t think you needed sunscreen in the winter? Wrong. Your skin still needs to be protected from violent UV rays, so lather up! This is important all days, but make sure you definitely do this if you’re going on a hike or even just taking a long drive and the sun could harm you through the window.
Avoid hot showers and baths. This is probably one of the last things you’d consider doing in the winter, but shortening your showers and only using lukewarm water will help your skin immensely. Doing so will help prevent dry skin.
Use the iderma® LED light therapy device.
One of the best things you can do for your skin in the winter is regularly use our light therapy device; it’ll rejuvenate your skin from the inside out and will really help to get rid of the signs of your skin’s wintertime blues. Our youth restoring masque will help you enjoy your skin in the winter and help with aging skin, dry or oily skin, or otherwise irritated skin
With red and infrared LED lights, the wavelengths penetrate deep into the layers of your skin to stimulate cell growth and collagen production — benefits that your skin is craving in the winter. Simply put the LED light therapy device on three times a week for eight minutes each time, and your skill will look more radiant — and dare we say summerlike? — in no time.
We hope you enjoy this information and use it to be more confident in your skin, no matter the weather. Why not go ahead and spoil your skin today with some iderma® LED light treatment? On top of the things from this list you’re already doing for your skin, it’ll only go up from here.
Learn more about the LED light therapy device and order one for yourself today.