Keeping your skin glowing is already challenging enough at any time of the year, but it’s even trickier when you’ve got cold air following you around during the winter season. It’s true that there’s no one-size-fits-all skincare routine.
You need to continuously change it to ensure your skin won’t suffer despite the changing and harsh weather conditions. The goal is to keep your skin smooth, moisturized, and radiant to maintain its dewiness and glow that you love to admire each time you stare at your reflection in the mirror.
Ready, Set, Glow
Healthy and glowing skin doesn’t just happen overnight. There’s no shortcut to making it happen, so you really need to commit to building a skincare routine that can adjust to different seasons, especially if you live in a region that receives extreme winter temperatures.
Whether you’re new to skincare or you’re looking to reinvent the regimen you already have, here are some tips you could surely use:
• Don’t Hesitate To Exfoliate
For an excellent glow to happen on your skin, you need to start with the right amount of exfoliation. Exfoliation is essential to boost circulation and remove dead skin cells so new ones can resurface. However, be sure not to over-exfoliate as that could dehydrate your skin, especially during colder months.
To start, you can use an exfoliating toner, which can help complete the cleansing process. Make sure you choose a brand that contains no alcohol, especially if you have oily skin.
Ideally, exfoliants should be used once or twice a week, but it still depends on your skin type and the product you want to use. Some exfoliants are delicate enough to be used daily, so read the labels carefully when shopping. Look for brands that contain powerhouse ingredients and components, such as papaya, glycolic acid, strawberry, and light alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA).
• Choose Products According To Your Skin Type
One common mistake of skincare enthusiasts is buying products that aren’t created for their skin type. For example, if you already have oily skin, choosing an oily lotion for the face is a big no-no. That’ll only clog your pores and result in whiteheads, blackheads, or worse, acne breakouts. If you don’t know your skin type yet, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist first so you can be more accurate when buying skincare products.
Once you find your skin type, it’ll be easier to build a skincare regimen tailored to your needs. A ‘normal’ and ‘combination’ skin type shouldn’t have that much problem shopping for products. But if you have oily or dry skin, pay attention to the label and make sure you buy the right ones that won’t clash with your skin.
• Hydrate, Hydrate, And Hydrate
As the biting cold approaches, you’ll notice your skin getting all sensitive and crazy. You’re not alone, though, because winter is notorious for causing such havoc to anyone’s skin. Add to that the strong winds, rains that come and go, and the dropping temperature that can dry your skin to no end.
The answer? Hydration to no end, too. Make sure to calm your parched skin down by giving it its much-needed hydration, preventing further reactivity and sensitivity. Aside from your go-to moisturizer, now’s also the time to splurge on overnight masks, ampoules, essence, and serums that can give you an extra ounce of moisture and revitalization. You may also consider buying a heavier moisturizer if you currently have a lighter one.
Of course, along with hydration, you shouldn’t forget to drink plenty of water every day. It may have been said over and over before, but the power of drinking enough water can’t be overemphasized. Hydrating your body is crucial not just for the skin but also for your overall health.
• Get A Good Night’s Sleep
This may be another overemphasized point, but it still holds enough bearing. No matter how many skin care products you use on your skin, you can’t expect to wake up to glowing skin if you’re not getting enough sleep. It’s called beauty sleep for a good reason, after all.
A good night’s sleep can help boost circulation, which is crucial in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. To add, sleep is also a critical factor in producing hyaluronic acid, a glycosaminoglycan known for its range of skin benefits.
It’s not impossible to achieve glowing skin, but it also requires dedication and commitment. You need to constantly change your regimen as the season changes, particularly now that winter is just around the corner.
Exfoliate at least once a week, choose products according to your skin type, hydrate, and get enough sleep. And one last thing—don’t forget to use sunscreen when going outside.