Winter is for cozy scarves and hot drinks, fireside chats and days spent at the ski slopes. It’s a season full of holiday fun, but the dry air and biting wind that winter brings can take a toll on your skin.
Good skin care is always important, but in the winter, it’s crucial to ramp up your routine. Between dry winter air and cold wind, your skin is especially prone to dehydration, leaving it flaky, thirsty, and lackluster.
To maintain skin that’s moisturized and glowing all winter long, you’ll need to show it a little extra TLC. Here are 15 of our favorite winter skin care tips to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
15 Easy And Effective Winter Skin Care Tips
1) Change Up Your Products
Your skin changes in the winter, and so should your products. There’s less humidity in the cold air, which means your skin dehydrates more quickly.
Your summer skin care products might not cut it for your dehydrated winter skin.
Take a close look at your products and opt for the most moisturizing ones, even if that means you have to swap out some products or add a new step to your routine.
Consider adding in super-hydrating products, like SiO Beauty patches, that will give your skin an extra shot of much-needed moisture.
2) Drop The Foam Cleanser
Speaking of products that might need changing, you’ll definitely want to take a look at your cleanser.
Foamy, lathering cleansers might clean your skin, but they can also strip it of its moisture, drying your face out. Consider switching to a gel or cream cleanser for the winter months.
3) Use A Good Makeup Remover
What you put on your face is important in the winter, but how you take it off is equally as important! Some makeup removers can be pretty hard on your skin.
In the winter months, put away the makeup remover that dries out your skin. Instead, choose a creamy or oil-based remover.
4) Keep Wearing Sunscreen
When the days at the beach come to an end, it’s easy to get out of the sunscreen habit. But don’t!
You might not have as many outdoor activities in the winter, but you still need protection from the sun. Keep wearing a good sunscreen to protect yourself from its wrinkle-inducing rays.
5) Make Time For A Mask
Amidst all the holiday busyness, it can be hard to find some time for yourself and your skin. Carve out a few minutes this winter to treat your skin to a mask.
Since hydration is especially important in the winter, a face mask can be the perfect addition to your winter skin care regime. Masks trap in the moisture and nutrients that your skin craves.
Plus, did you know masks aren’t just for your face? Hand masks deliver that same great moisture to your hard-working hands.
6) Use What You Have At Home
Speaking of masks, you can make your own masks with what you’ve got at home. No need to face the cold and snow to buy a packaged sheet mask.
Stay cozy in your house and whip up a mask in your kitchen in no time. Potatoes, avocados, bananas, oats, and coconut oil can be used to make a mask for your face or your hands!
Take advantage of the cold weather to get extra warm and comfy in your bed. Sleep is actually a very important aspect of skin care — it’s when your skin repairs itself and creates new collagen.
Collagen is a component of your skin that keeps it tight and youthful. So without adequate sleep, you’ve got less collagen and more wrinkles. Bad news.
So channel your inner bear and use this winter to get into the skin-healthy habit of getting a full seven or eight hours of sleep every night.
Your sleeping hours are also when your SiO Beauty patches do their work, so you can kill two birds with one stone when you hop into bed early!
8) Humidify While You Sleep
Put some extra hydration into your day by using a humidifier while you sleep. Pump moisture into the air during the day if you’re home or at night while you’re sleeping and your skin will thank you for it.
With a more humid environment, your skin won’t dry out as quickly and you’ll maintain healthier, dewier skin.
9) Mind Your Moisturizers
It might be obvious by now, but what your skin craves during the winter is moisture.
Giving your skin what it needs might mean changing moisturizers, moisturizing more frequently, or being careful to apply your moisturizer immediately after showering or washing your face.
Winter is not the time to skimp on the lotion! And that goes not only for your face but also for your hands and the rest of your body.
10) Don’t Forget Your Lips
Just like the rest of your skin, your lips will dry out more quickly during these cold months.
To keep your lips soft, hydrated, and kissable, avoid biting and licking your lips and be sure to regularly apply a lip balm. A good lip balm will protect your lips and trap in moisture.
Almond oil, coconut oil, and olive oil are also great lip moisturizers — just rub a dab over your lips (like you do with lip balm) and the oil gets to work.
11) Put On Your Gloves
Don’t let your hand masks and hand lotions go to waste! If your hands are exposed to the elements, the harsh winter air will zap the moisture right out of them.
One of the keys to keeping your hands soft this season is wearing gloves. Invest in a pair that you love, and don them every single time you go outside.
In addition to hand masks, lotions, and gloves, keep your hands pretty and hydrated by using SiO Beauty HandLift patches.
12) Workout At Home
Working out is healthy not only for your heart and bones but also for your skin! It increases circulation to every last inch of your body, which means your skin gets more oxygen, hydration, and nutrients.
But we understand — getting motivated to go the gym can be extra hard when it’s chilly outside and the sun sets early.
On the days you just can’t bring yourself to leave the house, try a workout at home. There are lots of ways to stay active, and all you need is a corner of your room.
Check out some online exercise videos, and don’t make any more excuses for not working out! Your skin will thank you for it.
13) Stay Out Of Hot Water (Literally)
As tempting as it can be to hop into a steamy, hot shower or soak in a piping hot bath, don’t do it. Hot water dries out your skin, and dry skin is exactly what you’re trying to avoid this winter.
Next time you take a shower, think of your skin and turn the temperature down a few degrees.
14) Pour Yourself A Cup Of Tea
Drinking water is important to maintain healthy skin. When winter and holidays roll around, what better way to hydrate than by drinking a cozy cup of tea?
Any tea that motivates you to drink more water is great. And if you’re a fan of green tea, you’re in luck because it’s an especially skin-healthy beverage.
15) Use SiO Beauty Patches
You can effortlessly keep your skin flawless and glowing for all those holiday parties by using SiO Beauty patches.
Just put them on before you go to bed and your job is done! These silicone patches work while you sleep, creating a microclimate that hydrates and plumps your skin.
SiO’s reusable patches will leave your skin more plump, hydrated, and wrinkle-free in the morning.
Order your own today and get some winter skincare delivered right to your doorstep!
Gorgeous Skin All Year Long
Gorgeous, healthy skin shouldn’t be only for the summertime! With these 15 tips for winter skin care, you’ll be on your way to healthier, happier skin all winter long.
Don’t wait another cold, drab day — get started now!