When winter comes around, there’s no denying that our skin suffers. As our bodies naturally begin to produce less oil, our complexions become imbalanced and unstable. Plus, trekking around outside and weathering the frigid temperatures and wind chills can contribute to dull and dehydrated skin.
The worst part? Hanging out indoors can be just as bad—if not, worse. That’s right, you have nowhere to hide. The super-dry, heated spaces that we sleep, work, and function in all day and night also contribute our winter woes. Dry air means less humidity, which means our skin is losing even more moisture than usual, and some chronic skin conditions can get extreme in the form of rashes, eczema, and rosacea.
What all this means is that our poor skin is constantly under attack. However, while we can’t stop winter from coming, a little preventative care can go a long way in terms of keeping our complexions nice and healthy.
With the impending doom of winter weather on the horizon, we turned to three experts who know exactly what to do to prepare our skin the worst. We asked Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection; Dr. Sejal Shah, dermatologist and contributor to RealSelf; and Cortney Herrera, founder and creator of natural skin-care line, Wildcare, to share their tips on prepping our skin for the first sign of snowfall, so we have more time to worry about the rest of winter’s inconveniences, like finding the perfect pair of snow boots, and less about our skin woes.
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Use hydrating lotions and oils:
Of course, the most obvious answer to prepping our skin for winter is providing it with plenty of hydration and moisture. However, any old moisturizer won’t really do the trick when we're dealing with frigid temperatures and icy winds.
Dr. Shah recommends using a thick and restorative night cream that’s fragrance-free rather than your run-of-the-mill facial lotion. The more hydration, the more protection. Vargas suggests adding a serum into the mix, and using a moisturizer that contains shea and coconut butters. These not only moisturize, but help protect the face from extreme temperatures.
Herrera, who works on the natural side of beauty, recommends using rich plant oils to moisturize—such as argan, avocado, sesame, and sweet almond. “Plant-based oils are more similar to the oil our skin naturally produces, which allows them to better absorb, strengthen the skin cells, and bind moisture.” She suggests incorporating a facial balm into the mix if you feel that oils alone aren’t moisturizing enough. Balms are a combination of plant-based oils, botanicals, and sometimes even waxes and essential oils that nourish the skin sans any harmful preservatives.
In addition to moisturizers and oils, Herrera’s line of hydrosols also helps prep the skin for winter by naturally combatting concerns that are specific to your own skin, whether that may be fatigue, inflammation, or rashes—all things that become prominent as temperatures begin to drop.