How to Maintain Healthy Skin During the Winter

December 15, 2019
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The temperatures are finally dropping and now it’s time to pull out those boots, sweaters, and scarves! Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing you should be switching up though, your beauty routine also needs a makeover. Cold, dry air causes drier skin, therefore, there are steps you should take to maintain healthy skin during the Winter.

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Maintain Healthy Skin During the Winter:

Apply Your Sunscreen Daily

Although the season has changed, it's still important to protect your skin by applying sunscreen daily.

I put this tip first because it’s still important to wear during the colder months. You want to continue using a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 every morning. Many people associate sunscreen with the Summer months and bright, sunny days, however, the sun doesn’t stop affecting your skin when the season changes.

Even when it’s cloudy, raining, or snowing, wearing your sunscreen is still important. The harmful UV rays from the sun can still penetrate through the clouds and cause skin damage even when the sun isn’t in sight.

Using sunscreen consistently in my morning routine has been a game-changer. I went years not wearing sunscreen but making sure my skin is protected is a priority now.

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Use Gentle Cleansers

During the Summer we focused on using clarifying cleansers that deeply cleansed our skin. I looked forward to using my cleanser to remove all of the gunk and sweat I had on my face. For your routine in the winter months, you want to use gentle, hydrating cleansers instead.

This is important because you want to add moisture to your skin instead of taking it away. I love using cleansers that contain moisturizing ingredients. One cleanser I’ve been loving is the Demosea Refine Gentle Cleanser. It has a creamy consistency and provides an effective cleanse without leaving my face dry, tight, or irritated.

Another favorite cleanser that I’d recommend is from a brand called Skin & Co Roma. I received their Whipped Cleanser in my Boxycharm subscription and have been using it ever since. You can find it on Amazon below!

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Use Nourishing Moisturizers

To maintain healthy skin during the Winter, invest in nourishing moisturizers.

To combat the dry, cold air from impacting the health of your skin, you want to reach for thick, creamy moisturizers that’ll keep you moisturized throughout the day. In my opinion, I feel that if you have to constantly reapply your moisturizer, then it’s time to find a better one!

Don’t forget the heat in your house can strip your skin of its moisture too, therefore, you want to use an effective moisturizer twice a day to maintain healthy skin. I have a few favorites that I recommend:

Invest in a Humidifier

Investing in a humidifier will help you maintain healthy skin during the Winter since it replenishes moisture to your skin while you're sleeping.

A humidifier adds moisture into the air which helps replenish moisture to your skin during the night. This is important to use because the heaters in your house can strip the moisture from your skin and leave it dry.

You can find these online or in-stores. I’ve had mine for a while now and I purchased it from QVC. If you already have a humidifier, one tip to keep in mind is to make sure you clean it regularly with warm soap and water. Amazon also has plenty of humidifiers to choose from!

Use Serums

The last tip that’ll help you maintain healthy skin during the winter is to add a serum to your routine. Serums are concentrated treatments packed with active ingredients that target specific skin concerns. For the colder months, you want to choose a serum that will provide your skin with long-lasting moisture.

An ingredient to look for in your serum is Hyaluronic Acid which is a humectant that pulls moisture from the air to ensure your skin remains moisturized.

With these tips, you’ll be prepared for the upcoming colder months and know how to keep your skin healthy and moisturized.

Before ending this post, I do want to point out that not everyone needs to switch up their routine once the season changes. If something isn’t broken, there’s no need to fix it. In other words, if your skin is doing fine and you have no issues, then stick with what you know!

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  • Reply Aisha December 16, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Yes Honey! We most definitely have to keep our skin moisturized especially during these winter months. I love in the Midwest and these winters are brutal on my skin. I love a good triple thick body butter and I apply a moisturizer daily. I haven’t used a sunscreen in the winter months but I bet it is a game changer. Using a humidifier during the winter months is a great idea and adding peppermint oil in for that winter smell is good as well.

    • Reply Madisen December 17, 2019 at 4:42 am

      Thank you for reading sis! And yes the cold weather makes my dry skin and eczema act up, so I have to make sure moisture is a priority in my routine. I’m going to start adding essential oil in my humidifier and I’m gonna go with Eucalyptus because I’ve heard great things about it!

  • Reply Bennetta Spann December 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Great tips Maddy. I always struggle with dry skin in the winter.

    • Reply Madisen December 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you for reading sis! Yes, I’m sure we all struggle with it, however, these tips will help you combat it.

  • Reply Marquita December 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Awesome tips!! I’m trying to find different products that work with my skin because of sensitive my skin is. Plus when trying to find good products I break out and make my eczema worse. I’ll definitely try to apply sunscreen though because that’s something I did not think about during the colder months.

    • Reply Madisen December 25, 2019 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you for reading! Yes, I definitely understand the struggle of finding good products that won’t irritate sensitive skin or cause an eczema flare up! That’s why I usually stick with products that are all-natural. And yes start wearing sunscreen consistently and you’ll notice a huge difference ♥️

  • Reply Naomi Walter January 14, 2020 at 6:28 am

    I appreciate the suggestions given in this blog…
    Seasonal fluctuation at an extreme level may have negative impacts on the skin.
    Thus, everyone should be aware of the factors which should be taken into consideration to protect the skin against the extremely cold temperature of the winter.
    Besides, dryness in the atmosphere also can damage the skin.

    • Reply Madisen January 14, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you for reading!

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