How to winter-proof your skin
During the colder and windier winter months your skin can become dehydrated and lose it’s healthy-looking glow. But what are the main causes of dry winter skin and what can help you prevent it? To keep skin looking and feeling softer, smoother, hydrated and protected all season, follow our winter skincare routine and top winter skincare tips.
Winter is the toughest season for your skin. Between blustery wind, low temperatures outside, and heated indoors, your skin is prone to significant dryness, no matter where you are. Battle the cold and treat your skin right by following Voila Pure’s 4 ways to winter-proof your skin!
Locking in moisture to your skin is crucial during the winter months, when you’re especially prone to dryness. Once you leave the shower or bath (make sure it’s a warm one, not hot that just robs your skin of necessary oils), make sure you apply a rich moisturizing lotion while you are still a little damp. Generally, a thicker body butter on your hands, elbows and other trouble spots will diminish moisture while you sleep.
In addition to moisturizing before bed, you may want to run a humidifier through the night. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air and prevents dry skin from cracking during the night. Humid air can also prevent your lips from becoming chapped, and reduces the ability of airborne viruses to cause infection. Since your home is most likely warmed by dry heat produced by a boiler, running a humidifier overnight will allow you to remain comfortable and keep the air moist.
Dead skin cells are constantly accumulating, and it accumulates during the winter due to dryness, particularly on the hands and face. It is important to exfoliate to clear away those skin cells. Moisture can’t be absorbed into the skin if there are layers of dead skin cells above it, so be sure to add exfoliation to your routine – twice a week should be sufficient.
Exfoliation also helps improve the performance of moisturizers. In the harsh winter weather, you want your skincare products to work in harmony with one another. Moisturizing after exfoliation is a great way to lock-in hydration for your skin.
In the coldest winter months, a hot shower can be the most relaxing part of your day. But don’t linger for too long – hot showers can dry out your skin. Extremely hot water will strip away your skin’s natural oils which lock in moisture, resulting in dry skin after drying off. For better skin throughout the winter, try a lukewarm shower for 10-15 minutes. Gently pat yourself dry after every shower and don’t forget the moisturizer!