With the first day of winter upon us and frigid temps approaching, one thing is for certain – our skin is certain to take a beating. As the colder air takes hold, we find ourselves wishing that our complexions remain dewy and fresh, but we’re often left with dry, chapped faces, lips and hands.
Indoor heat can leave you parched inside and out, zapping the moisture from your skin. Without proper hydration, your skin’s protective barrier cracks, making it tough to repair itself. Combat this cycle by altering your winter beauty routine to keep your skin glowing all season long.
Splender has put together some winter skin care tips to help keep your skin quenched all season long – and ensure your complexion glows no matter the weather. You can shop our stores for your favorite winter skin care products and earn extra cash back through December 31, 2015.
The Thirst Is Real!
While drinking lots of water to help your skin stay hydrated (and look youthful) isn’t going to help with the outer layers of your skin, there is some truth to the myth. Water helps get nutrients and oxygen to your cells and also helps flush out those hearty winter meals, and keeping waste eliminated from your body means fewer skin breakouts.
Bottom line, it’s still recommended that you stay well hydrated during the winter. It’s a great start to keeping your skin fresh during these cold months. And what better way to achieve this than with a Tervis water bottle (starting at $23 at Bed Bath & Beyond)? You can keep your drinks hot or cold, and the lid snaps tightly to keep spills to a minimum. Splender members can shop Bed Bath & Beyond and earn 4% cash back through the end of the year.
Clear It Up
Exfoliating is a great way to help skin keep its glow throughout the year, especially when battling flaky winter skin. Sweeping away dead skin cells will help your moisturizer work better and unclog pores. However, during the colder months, alter your winter skin care rountine to include a lighter exfoliant for sensitive chapped skin. Try exfoliating at least once a week with Luzern Laboratories’ Micro-Exfoliant Deep Hydrating Scrub ($38 at Dermstore.com) to keep skin silky smooth. Earn 8% cash back when you shop Dermstore.com through Splender.
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
While you likely aren’t heading to the beach to catch rays during the winter (is now a good time to book a winter getaway?), you still need to keep sunscreen in your beauty routine. Those sunbeams might not feel as intense as they do during summer months, but damaging UV rays are shining down all year long. Plus, winter outdoor activities tend to involve snow, which provides a great surface for the sun’s rays to bounce off of before hitting your face and other unprotected skin areas.
Dermatologists recommend using an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen with zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and avobenzone. Let’s not forget that sunscreen is the number one anti-aging preventative – and the words “anti-aging” sound good any time of the year. Try Meaningful Beauty Antioxidant Day Creme ($40 at Ulta.com) for a combination daily anti-aging and SPF 20 sunscreen moisturizer. Splender members can earn 6% cash back when you shop Ulta.com.
Changing up your winter skin care routine also includes your make-up, especially for those of us who don’t like to leave the house bare faced. Opt for a tinted moisturizer that not only provides the coverage you as well as the boost of hydration your face needs, too.
Make sure you do your research, though. While a tinted moisturizer has the word “moisture” in the name, most don’t provide enough hydration for cold temperatures. When you find a product you like, you can achieve a dewy look by using a richer moisturizer at night so your face is well hydrated in the morning.
Switching up your morning winter skin care routine can help, too. After washing your face, don’t completely dry it. Simply blot with a towel and massage in a small amount of baby oil to lock in moisture. Then, wait for your face to dry, and finish with your favorite tinted moisturizer. We suggest bareMinerals Complexion Rescue ($30 at Sephora.com). It comes in 10 shades and includes mineral-infused water to help skin lock in moisture. You can shop this product and earn 10% cash back at Sephora.com.
Another useful winter skin care tip is lowering your shower’s water temperature. We know those long showers and bubble baths are soothing, but that hot water zaps your skin of its natural moisture. Rather than cut them out completely, look to your cabinet and grab the virgin coconut oil ($20 at Drugstore.com) after your shower or bath. Lather the coconut oil all over skin (your face, too) right after you jump out of the tub. You might feel greasy for a second, but the oil will soon absorb into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and hydrated.
There are many advantages to adding coconut oil to your winter – or year ‘round – beauty routine. Don’t be stingy! It’s a great natural way to combat skin conditions like eczema or sensitive skin. Use it in a body scrub or try it on the ends of your hair for a deep conditioner. Find the raw extra virgin coconut oil at Drugstore.com, and get 8% cash back when you become a Splender member.
Keeping your skin glowing in the harsh winter months isn’t as tough as you thought. By incorporating these winter skin care tips into your routine, your beauty counter can get you through the harsh cold weather. The two main keys for glowing winter skin is to stay hydrated and keep moisturized. Research your favorite products, and don’t be scared to add more natural oils into the mix.