How to Keep Your Skin Gorgeous This Winter
Is your skin sensitive to seasonal changes? I hear you! Here’s how to cope.
-April Daniels Hussar
The weather outside is getting frightful (or not, if you live in Hawaii I’M NOT JEALOUS WHO ME?!) — but that doesn’t mean your skin can’t be delightful! I got some great tips from Simple Skincare’s consulting dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Segal, and threw in some of my own personal strategies for maintaining beautiful skin all winter long.
Stay hydrated! This might seem more important in the summer when you’re out and about in the heat, but it’s just as important in the winter, when the combo of cold dry air and HOT INDOOR HEATING is totally de-moisturizing! I feel more dehydrated all over in the winter than I ever do in the summer, especially since we live in an old house with olllllllllld radiators that basically suck all the moisturizer out of my body as I sleep. Some of my stay-hydrated tricks:
– Keep a giant bottle of water at your desk while you work. I know — it’s like, no duh … but easy to forget about.
– Make tea! I do like my morning coffee, but a tumbler full of tea is a great, warming companion through the day, whether you’re in the office, at home, or out doing errands.
– Remember that you can EAT your water too. Lots of fruits and veggies have really high water content — like cucumber, lettuce, grapefruit and many more.
– Use a humidifier. Especially if you have to endure old, drying heat like I do! And I didn’t realize these existed, but Dr. Segal recommends a desktop humidifier! I need one!
-A good trick is to drink a glass of water before every meal. That way you’ll get at least three full glasses in every day, plus you’re less hungry.
Still have dry skin? Consider switching from a lighter moisturizer to a heavier cream. I know this is a MUST for me; I’m loving the Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E.
Wait — is your skin more oily in the winter? Oily skin is also common in the winter, explains Dr. Segal. Why? Because your skin’s natural barrier can be disrupted by the changes in temperature and air quality, not to mention all the indoor heat, which leads to over-drying … which can cause your skin to go into overdrive when it comes to oil production! Gah! A great product to use to deal with oily skin is the Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, which cleanses without stripping your skin of its natural moisturizer, says Dr. Segal.
Eat your vitamins! According to Dr. Segal, vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory that helps the body maintain healthy tissues and a strong immune system … so you stay healthy and your skin stays pretty! Of course, oranges contain vitamin C, but so do Brussels sprouts, bell peppers and strawberries … to name a few.
Speaking of produce…
It’s tempting — but don’t become a winter couch potato. I have such a hard time getting to the gym or going out for a run in the winter — the short days really affect my outlook, and I’m basically ready to start hibernating every night at 5 when the sunshine is gone! I have to work against my nature to stay active — even if it just means a quick yoga session in my living room. Don’t forget that endorphins released through exercise can lift mood and reduce stress, says Dr. Segal — so when you’re feeling tense, get moving! Being active is a natural way to improve your outlook.
FTC Full Disclosure: April Daniels Hussar is BettyConfidential’s Editorial Director and is a brand ambassador for Simple® Skincare. The views and opinions in this post are her own; visit www.facebook.com/SimpleSkincare to share your story on sensitive skin.