Here at Pearl and Clasp, we know that a great look starts with healthy, clean skin. During the summer, it seems obvious that we need to give our skin a little extra boost due to the heat and strong sunshine. In the winter, however, our skin actually requires even more TLC, as you may be beginning to notice. Harsh winds, cold temperatures and indoor heating all contribute to dryness, leaving your face flaky, dull and irritated. There’s nothing we can do about the weather, but don’t worry, there is plenty we can do to help our skin stay healthy and glowing this season. Here are a few tips for you ladies:
1. Don’t skimp on sunscreen. In winter, the sun may not be as bright or warm, but harmful UV rays are still a major concern. Choose a moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from all the elements, not only those you can see.
2. Moisturize. Yep, this one is obvious, but still super important. Find a moisturizer that suits your skin, and be sure to use it daily. No need to smother it on, just apply a nice layer each morning and once after the shower.
3. Drink plenty of water. When we’re cold, we don’t feel as thirsty, but our bodies still need lots of water to function properly. Our skin is especially impacted by our water intake, and can rejuvinate itself much more efficiently if we provide it with the fluid it needs. Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day, and drink some every time you think about a sugary drink. By all means, drink your coffee or your juice as well, but always pre-game with a big gulp of water!
4. Exfoliate. Exfoliation is just as important as moisturizing when it comes to dry, flaky skin. Instead of smothering already-dead cells with moisturizer, spend a few minutes gently removing damaged and dead cells to make room for healthy regrowth. Do this in the morning with an exfoliating scrub, and then apply a good moisturizer. Don’t forget your lips! No need to overdo it- a few morning a week is plenty.
5. Try tinted moisturizer. If you’re feeling a bit pale or washed out, try a tinted moisturizer. The difference will be subtle and natural-looking, but give you a healthy glow without the health risks of a tanning bed.
6. Remove your makeup. At the end of the day, it can seem so uneccessary to take the time to wipe off your face. Do it anyway, before you take out your earrings and brush your teeth. The buildup on your face can cause additional dryness and clog your pores, resulting in totally unwanted breakouts. The makeup will also inhibit your skin from revitalizing itself during the night.
7. Sleep! A good night’s sleep is so important for your general health, and that includes your skin. Give your body the rest is needs to refresh and repair itself, and your complexion will look better for it!
What is your winter skincare routine?
Until next time,