Don’t Make These 4 Winter Beauty Mistakes

With the temps getting colder by the day, having a healthy beauty regimen can be a challenge. But, even with the best intentions, we can be doing our skin more harm than good. Here are four things you shouldn’t be doing this winter season:

Over Exfoliating

While ridding skin of dead cells for a brighter complexion is a good thing, doing it too often can cause more skin-care problems than this beauty ritual solves. Increased redness, flaking, burning, irritation and increased breakouts are just a few beauty issues that can arise from overusing exfoliating products likes scrubs and toners.

Forgetting the SPF

Just because you’re not hitting the beach or swimming every day, doesn’t mean you should skip the sunscreen. Your skin still needs protection from harmful rays that can cause serious damage. “We all still need to wear an SPF 30 rain or shine, January to December, regardless of our ethnicity,” says Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD. To make it easier to add into your beauty routine, use a moisturizer that already has the SPF protection you need.

Not Using a Humidifier

Colder months mean drier air, and when it comes to restoring moisture, humidifiers are the way to go. Dr. Downie recommends having one in your bedroom to put moisture back into the otherwise dry air that cold weather brings, hydrating your skin and hair while you sleep.

Neglecting Your Feet

You may not be showing those toes right now, but your feet need the same TLC you give them during warmer months. Like the rest of your skin, your toes are prone to flakiness and dryness. Keep them soft and healthy by exfoliating rough spots like your heels, using moisturizer daily (putting on socks after applying lotion does wonders, letting the product really sink in!), and regular spa treatments.

So what should you be doing when the temperature dips? Read on for tips on how to winter-proof your skin.