Winter skin is a struggle. You leave the house feeling moisturized and by lunch break, you feel drier than the desert we live in. If it wasn’t tough enough to feel moisturized in Arizona already, our cold season makes it even tougher. It’s easy to point fingers at your current moisturizer for the skin woes, but be sympathetic! Our skin is constantly fighting cold winds, dry skies, and dry indoor heat. It’s most likely the environment, not the moisturizer.
In order to keep your skin hydrated longer during the cold season, there are some small things you can integrate into your skincare regimen and everyday routine to ensure glowy skin. The tips below are a good start!
Mists are a great way to get some hydration in without messing up your makeup or taking time out of your day. You’ll want a mist with hydrating properties such as antioxidants, coconut water, lavender oil, or aloe vera.
We don’t carry a hydrating mist at ZONA, however, we would recommend ColoreScience’s Hydrating Mist. It soothes the skin, locks in makeup, and revitalizes your complexion throughout the day.
Creams and serums may not be working as well as they can if you haven’t exfoliated in a bit. Removing those dead skin cells clears the block up and allows your products to penetrate more deeply; thus hydrating your skin better.
Just be careful not to over-exfoliate! Your skin is already more sensitive during these cold months and over-exfoliating can cause inflammation, dry tight skin, flaking, or oily skin. If you already have a go-to exfoliator, keep using that one but only twice a week. If you don’t have an exfoliator, we highly recommend Skinbetter Scrub Mask or Revision’s Finishing Touch. Both perfect for a good physical scrub.
Layering your skincare products in order helps for optimal product absorption. For example, if you put a moisturizer on before a serum, the heavy thick cream of the moisturizer would completely block out the light liquid serum from ever absorbing. This is why a good rule of thumb is to layer your products from thin-to-thick or liquid-to-cream.
Almost all medical-grade products, even if they aren’t labeled as hydrating, have moisturizing properties. Layering your product ensures that you get the most out of all your products!
There are a couple of things that could be hurting your skin without you even knowing. Taking long hot showers is one of them. It can dry out your skin even more and worsen existing issues like eczema. Try a lukewarm shower. Blasting your heat (not that that’s totally necessary for Arizona) can also cause dryness. Simply adding a humidifier is a quick and easy solution to wanting to stay toasty but not hurt your skin.