Colder weather takes a toll on your skin. The lack of humidity in the air and blustery winds cause skin to be dry, cracked, and stressed. Avoid this epidermis abuse as you enter the harsh winter season and check in with your skin care routine. These preventive precautions and simple swaps in your beauty cabinet will help keep you and your skin stay calm and under control this season.
Depending on your skin type, you may want to add or subtract certain products to your routine. For most, especially those with dry and combination skin, it’s vital to layer up on moisturizer especially in the delicate eye area. Stay ahead of parched skin by applying Doctor D. Schwab AM/PM Moisturizer after cleansing in the morning, and a generous layer before bed. The natural ingredients will replenish moisture without clogging pores. Ingredients like beta glucan and yeast cell extract in Doctor D. Schwab G.S. Ginkgosome® help release moisture to the skin throughout the day. To keep your skin hydrated on the go, keep the Mega Moisture Mist on hand for instant relief. A simple spritz will make your holiday shopping less stressful, and the best part is you don’t have to worry about rubbing anything onto your skin while out and about.
Review the ingredients in your regularly used beauty products. Always try to choose products with natural ingredients especially in the cool, dry months. Avoid retinol, harsh exfoliants, and alcohol-based products which can irritate skin. Listen to your skin, too, if it’s starting to feel dry, it might be telling you a product isn’t balancing well with your skin.
Choose the Right Cleanser
Skin should feel clean, smooth, and relieved, not tight and dry after cleansing. The wrong cleanser can dry out skin and lead to breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles over time. Even if you typically don’t have sensitive skin, you may want to try a gentle cleanser like the Doctor D. Schwab Sensitive Cleanser during winter months. Whichever cleanser you choose, it should be nonirritating, and leave your skin feeling calm and hydrated all day.
Treat yourself and your skin to facials in the colder months. Facials can help to reset skin, restore moisture, improve circulation, and brighten skin. Don’t be afraid to ask your esthetician what they recommend as a winter skincare regimen for your specific skin type.
The colder months and cloudy weather can be deceiving. Be sure to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays that might not seem present. Look for a sunscreen with zinc oxide, like Doctor D. Schwab Mineral Sunscreen to have sun protection whether you’re running errands, or hitting the ski slopes. Remember to reapply while outdoors and enjoying winter sports.
Don’t let your burning, chapped lips get you down this winter. To keep your lips soft and smooth, stay hydrated, and keep a lip balm handy at all times. If you find your lips are extra dry, try a natural, homemade sugar scrub. Simply mix together a little brown sugar, coconut oil and optional honey, and gently rub on your lips. Either let the mixture dissolve, or rinse it off, and follow with Doctor D. Schwab Lip Rescue Therapy.
In the beginning of the pandemic, everyone learned very quickly the value of a natural hand sanitizer that won’t dry out skin, and the importance of hand cream after washing them a thousand times a day. This winter, apply hand cream regularly, and remember to wear gloves. Gloves not only keep your hands warm and moist, but protects the delicate skin that dry air can cause to crack.
Even though you may not see them as much in the winter months, don’t forget to care for your feet! A little self care goes a long way. In the evening, try adding a generous amount of Doctor D. Schwab Peppermint Foot Cream with Shea Butter and Hemp before putting your socks on to lock in moisture. In the morning your feet will feel soft and soothed.
Colder weather brings dryer weather, and the dryer the weather, the more it robs your skin of moisture. Try using a humidifier in your bedroom at night to help replace some of the moisture in the air.
You’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but proper hydration is always important, and here’s your seasonal reminder. It’s not only great for your overall well being, but H2O is great for your skin. This winter, if you’re not in the mood for cold water, swap it out for warm water with lemon or a simple decaffeinated tea to stay hydrated.
It could be beneficial for your skin to shy away from clay masks in the colder months as some clay masks can be over-drying. Instead, try thicker, hydrating masks like the Doctor D. Schwab Arnica Mask. You can even apply it before bed and sleep with it on for extra hydration. Another option for a winter face mask is the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask which gently exfoliates to help refine the texture of skin while keeping it hydrated.
As tempting as it may be to take hot showers when the temperature outside drops, opt for warm showers instead. Shorten your showers and reduce the temperature to prevent your skin from drying out. Immediately after showering, while skin is still slightly damp, apply your favorite moisturizer to lock in moisture and smooth it evenly over your body.