1. ways to protect your skin in the winter
Winter can be absolutely incredible, with snow on everything, frozen lakes and stunning sunsets… but it can also take its toll on your skin and hair! While the cold months can be oh-so-romantic, we need a little bit of TLC to keep our skin, hair and nails looking and feeling top-notch, since hibernation isn’t an option. So here are our top recommendations for staying moisturized and glowing this winter:
2. Drink up
While it might be tempting to have hot coffees and chocolate every day, try to drink as much water as possible, and venture into green-tea territory as well from time to time for something warm. Caffeine and sugar aren’t great for your skin, so avoid those. Keeping yourself hydrated from within is the number 1 way to keep your skin fresh in winter (and the rest of the year)!
3. Avoid excessive heat
While the temptation might be to jack up the shower to super-hot and lie in front of a fire in winter, your skin will thank you if you stick to lukewarm temperatures which won’t dry out your skin so much. Going from cold to hot is a nightmare for your skin and hair, so try to keep temperatures at a comfortable level for your body, both when you shower and when you’re hanging out with your friends.
4. SPF it up!
You might not associate winter with the need for sun protection, but trust us, those rays will damage your skin in the winter as well if you don’t protect your skin with some SPF moisturizer. Keep premature wrinkles at bay with an over-the-counter product. You’ll thank us one day!
Moisturize at night before bed and you will wake up with happier skin the next morning. Don’t forget those awkward spots like elbows and feet which can easily go forgotten. Pro tip: Moisturizing directly after washing seals in more moisture in your skin.
6. Eat the healthy fats
Your skin will be over the moon if you supply your body with some monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Think fish, olive oil, nuts and avocados.
7. Cover up
Windburn and too much exposure to cold air spells nightmare for your skin and hair. Keep covered with gloves, scarves, tights and hats. Even if you feel warm, your exposed skin can suffer, so give it all the protection it deserves.
8. Stack up on Vitamin C
Citrus fruit (e.g. clementines) and dark, leafy greens (e.g. spinach) are great for your immune system and your skin. Give your body a treat and stack up on these instead of sugary treats.