Winter is harsh–and not just on our mood and routines, but on our skin as well. We should always take great care of our skin year-round but there’s a few beauty rules you should follow to give your skin a fighting chance right now.
Never Sleep in Your Makeup: We’ve all heard this rule a million times and that is because its that important. Skin does most of its regeneration overnight so sleeping in your makeup suffocates your skin, which causes aging and promotes breakouts. Remove your makeup prior to sleeping and wake up with fresh, new skin.
Always Wear SPF: Skin Cancer is serious business, so protect yourself year-round by choosing products with SPF in the formula. Sun damage also causes wrinkles and brown sun spots, so why not enjoy yourself while being protected from that trifecta?
Never Over-Scrub: Sure, your exfoliating products say “use daily” and some even suggest twice daily, but don’t believe everything they say. The clinical facts are that too much scrubbing can slow down your cell turnover rate as your skin tries to protect itself. Slow cell turnover means faster signs of aging, dull looking skin, and skin that will be more prone to breakouts due to dead skin cell buildup. Yum.
Get a Monthly Facial: Without proper cleaning and exfoliation, you’re really just applying makeup and products to layers of dead skin. While these professional treatments cam become a bit pricey, they help reduce wrinkles and scarring plus they brighten skin, increase elasticity, clean pores and smooth skin so it’s definitely worth cutting back on Starbucks for.
Moisturize: Even oily skin needs moisture to stay balanced. I suggest moisturizing twice daily after cleansing but before SPF and makeup for supple and hydrated skin. Only use enough product to cover your skin so as to not clog pores or waste product.
Groom Your Brows: They say that the eyes are the windows to your soul, so let your brows be the window treatments! In my opinion, no look is complete without the final framing of the brows. Cleaning up stray hairs and filling in your eyebrows creates a polished look and is the perfect finishing touch.
Sleep with a Humidifier if You Live in a Cold Climate: During the winter months the air contains less water and can dry out and crack your skin. By sleeping with a humidifier you add water back into the air at the most beneficial time for your skin, and it will thank you!
Hydrate: Another rule we’ve all heard multiple times. Drinking eight 8oz. glasses of water every day keeps your body working properly and nourishes the skin. Beauty starts on the inside, so keep it healthy.
Clean Your Cell Phone: Cell phones are a magnet for bacteria so wipe it down with a disinfectant wipe a couple times a week and keep a clearer complexion.
Do Not Use Products That Contain Mineral Oil: Mineral oil is used extensively in the United States because its inexpensive. However, mineral oil is molecularly too large to penetrate the skin, so it just sits on the skin’s surface, which also clogs pores. The reality is that mineral oil is a byproduct of processing petroleum, is that really the best thing to be putting on our skin?
Do you change up your skincare routine to suit the season? What are some of your fave products and tricks?
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Peace Love and Lipgloss,