Winter-Proof Your Skin

The cold weather months are officially here and so is the always-accompanying havoc they wreak on your skin. So what’s a complexion to do? Here are five sure-fire ways to save your skin this winter—no relocation required. 

Drink Water

Yes, you know it’s essential for overall health, but did you know your skin doesn’t stand a chance in these colder months without it? “The skin becomes dry, cracked, burnt or gray-looking because of the mixture of ice, snow and dry heat,” says celebrity aesthetician Dangene. “The absolute best thing to do is drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, and, remember that after every face washing, to moisturize while the skin is still dewy and warm to allow for better absorption.”

Minimize Redness

Anyone who suffers from rosacea or even the occasional redness knows there’s nothing ‘glowing’ or good about rosy cheeks—but did you know your heater may be to blame? “Sleeping in the same room as your heater will only dry out your skin and give you a burnt and rosy complexion,” says Dangene, who adds that it’s best to keep your skin covered when outdoors and to only use cloth—not paper tissue—when blowing your nose, as this is another factor behind facial redness.

Don't Skip the Moisturizer

Yes, you need it! Skin-care expert and owner of Cygalle Healing Spa, Cygalle Dias, suggests always applying moisturizer (a pea-size amount is best) before you leave the house and to look for humectants like avocado oil, shea butter and jojoba to provide long-lasting hydration.

Swap Certain Products

Dry skin is practically synonymous with the colder weather. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if your skin is in the superdry stage, you may need to swap out some of your skin care for more gentle—and unscented—options. More specifically, they recommend stopping the use of deodorant soaps and any skin-care product that contains alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid. The reason: Avoiding these products helps your skin retain its natural oils. 

But Keep Some!

Two things you still need: Sunscreen (even though you can’t always see it, the sun’s rays are still there) and exfoliation—but no need to ‘up’ the amount of times you do it. “The same exfoliating rules apply all year round, so no need to overdo it in the winter,” Dangene says.