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10 Amazing Tricks For Better Winter Skin

 

To combat the harsh winter weather, your skincare routine needs to change with the season. And to help you keep your skin radiant, nourished, and totally smooth, we consulted dermatologists, makeup artists, and other skincare experts for their best tips and tricks. Read on to find out how you can have your best winter skin ever this year.

 

1. Drink plenty of water.

Skincare products aside, to achieve hydrated skin, you must first hydrate your body. “Focus on water, tea, and coconut water. Your health, especially during the winter season, starts on the inside. I recommend setting a goal to drink half your body weight in ounces daily,” says Smith.

2. Get enough sleep.

There’s a reason why it’s called “beauty sleep.” “By getting enough sleep, you will ensure you have good circulation, which is critical for glowing skin,” says Ramark. “Besides hindering circulation, a lack of sleep will also decrease your own production of hyaluronic acid, making your skin dull and limp.”

3. Create a special skincare routine when traveling to a different climate.

When you’re lucky enough to escape the cold weather, make sure you take care of your skin while doing so. “If you are flying in the middle of winter from Michigan to Florida for vacation, stop using your heavy day cream because you may experience oily shine and even a few breakouts,” says Fedotova. “If you have a normal to oily-prone complexion, when in warm climates with high humidity, your skin may do the best with the use of only treatment serums and sunscreen.”

4. Avoid licking your lips.

In the winter, it can be tempting to coat your lips with a quick seal of moisture from your mouth. However, doing so ultimately does more harm than good. “Saliva contains enzymes that will break down the fragile skin on your lips,” explains Ilsley.

 

5. Use grape seed oil on your skin.

Grape seed oil is the ultimate winter skincare product. It’s known to fight dull winter skin and brittle, damaged hair. “It’s safe to apply directly to the skin and hair or add to your daily moisturizer. It renders the skin smooth, silky, and soft,” says esthetician Leah Simon Clarke. “Because grape seed oil is a good source of vitamin E, it helps protect against free radical damage and also makes for a great conditioning treatment for dry or brittle hair.”

6. Avoid overusing hyaluronic acid.

While hyaluronic acid can be extremely useful—especially during the winter months—nutritionist and skincare expert Ann Ramarkcautions users not to overdo it. “Hyaluronic acid is a great and powerful humectant, and we have it in our skin naturally. But applying topical hyaluronic acid in creams and serum can do more harm than good if the climate is dry,” she explains. “If there is no moisture in the air, the hyaluronic acid molecules will instead pull water from your deeper skin layers, causing your skin to lose volume and plumpness.”

7. Don’t be scared of waxes.

Your winter skin could benefit from some wax. “Plant and animal-based ingredients, including beeswax and other natural waxes, help to create a protective film over the skin, which helps prevent transdermal water loss and seals moisture in,” Fedotova explains.

8. Try herbal, protein-rich facials.

In the winter, Fedotova suggests “doing facials that contain masks with a high concentration of proteins and phospholipids to support the skin’s protective barrier. Facials with the use of honey and natural fruit acids will brighten, hydrate, and heal the skin after being windburned.”

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According to Fedotova, you should also “take advantage of herbal facials with organic botanicals, warm compresses, and skin-nourishing masks made with whole plant ingredients.”

 

9. Don’t take long, hot showers.

We know how tempting a piping hot shower can be after a long day in the cold. Unfortunately, though, Fedotova warns that long, hot showers can “lead to over-drying your skin, especially in the winter.” She also says that you should avoid soap and instead use a gentler “oil-based sugar or sea salt scrub.”

 

10. Practice the “two-minute rule” when moisturizing.

Once you find the right moisturizer, be sure to use it while following the “two-minute rule.” “The ‘two-minute rule’ suggests applying your moisturizing lotion within two minutes of leaving the shower or bath each time you bathe,” Minars explains. “This approach locks in the moisture before it has a chance to evaporate off your skin, which is the biggest reason patients get so frustrated in the winter.”

 

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