Did you know November is National Healthy Skin Month? As the weather starts to get colder, you might begin to see changes in your skin or experience more intense dryness. A great skincare routine is essential all year-round, but it’s especially crucial to keep your skin hydrated during the winter. To keep your skin in its best condition, we’ve compiled some tips about how to take care of your body’s largest organ.
- Make Sure You’re Cleansing
When it comes to your skin, the products you use to wash and cleanse your face can make a huge difference. Look for a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that doesn’t contain alcohol. If you have dry or sensitive skin, look for creamier textures in your cleanser. We like Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser because it’s soothing formula is packed with skin-nourishing ingredients. Look for cleansers that offer oil-controlling ingredients like Theraplex Clean 'N Treat Alpha Beta Cleanser for oily skin. Its unique formulation combines glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids to gently exfoliate and slough away dead skin cells leaving pores clean and free of oil and cellular debris.
Moisturizer is the key to protecting your skin from the harsh winter weather. And because the weather can take a more brutal toll on your skin, it might be a good idea to consider switching up your products from summer to winter. Additionally, you may want to consider investing in a separate nighttime moisturizer, which is typically thicker and packs more moisture-enhancing ingredients. Because your skin loses more moisture during the night, we recommend Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream. This product nourishes your skin overnight with premium natural ingredients that help improve its elasticity and firmness. If you’re looking for a more straightforward skincare routine, an all-purpose moisturizer like Farmstead Apothecary Strawberry Gardenia Face Cream With Jojoba Oil is the way to go.
- You Need to Wear SPF
Just because it’s colder and you might not see the sun doesn’t mean you should forgo wearing sunscreen. Sun protection is essential all year-round, and the key to reducing your risk of skin cancer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or higher. Some moisturizers and foundations contain SPF, which is a great way to combine two steps into one. Another critical and often overlooked area is your hair part and your lips. There are new sunscreens created specifically for your hair part. And for lip care, we like Farmstead Apothecary Apricot Lip Balm, which has a natural SPF 15.
- Load Up on Skin-Loving Treatments
Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC in the winter. Applying serums and treatments can help your skin retain moisture and elasticity. SAMPAR Oils In One Hydration Corrector is formulated with 8 precious oils combined with hyaluronic acid to smooth, moisturize and plump the skin. Another great oil to add to your routine is jojoba oil. You’ve probably seen this ingredient in some of your favorite skin or haircare products. Jojoba oil is one of the closest things to the natural oils the body produces. Because of this, it’s absorbed into the skin and hair easily and is great for acne, dry skin, scalp health and more. The Sky Organics Organic Jojoba Oil is cold-pressed and lightweight, which works to hydrate and balance the skin to promote a soft and clear complexion.
- Don’t Forget About the Rest of Your Body!
So you have your facial skincare sorted out, but what about the rest of your body? Keep your skin hydrated from head to toe with skin-loving ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil. SKINNY & CO. Marula & Argan Body Melt is a pure coconut oil-based moisturizer rich in nutrients that work to replenish and rehydrate dry skin. Hands are another essential focal point, especially with increased amounts of hand washing. Look for an intensely hydrating hand cream like Cistya Immortelle Moisture Hand Cream, which has powerful healing ingredients like immortelle water, macadamia seed and grapeseed oils, leaving skin with a protective barrier to retain moisture.