Do you have a case of the winter skin blues? You are not alone! The temperatures outside drop, our heaters are turned up, and our once glowing summer skin is robbed relentlessly of its moisture. Winter months wreak havoc with dryness, itching, and irritation. Thankfully, there are several ways you can adjust your winter skin care routine to combat the winter months and keep you loving your skin all year around. 

Follow these daily skin care tips:

Hydrate Skin From Within

During the colder months, we tend to choose hot drinks such as coffee over water without thinking of the consequences it may have on our skin. Incorporating daily water intake and foods with high water content into your winter skin care routine helps to hydrate your skin from the inside out. This will help keep your skin glowing through the cold, dry months. Your skin also needs a healthy, consistent production of elastin and collagen which is supported by the intake of vitamin C and zinc. To create building blocks from within, try the following fruits & veggies:

In addition to foods high in water content, be sure to eat foods that are rich in Omega-3s. (also known as good fats) Foods such as avocado, salmon, walnuts and chia seeds will help to increase barrier functions of your skin.  Keep moisture in, and other irritants out!

Turn it Down

When the winter weather hits, the first thing we want to do is turn up the heat and jump into a scorching hot shower.. right? Although that may be tempting, think twice before doing either. Dermatologists suggest keeping your homes to a serene, comfortable setting of 68 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit and limiting shower time to 5-10 minutes in lukewarm water. Are you turning red in the shower? It is too hot! Washing in more cooling water is just as effective, and your skin will thank you later.  

Moisturize Carefully

Do you have a favourite moisturizer that has faired you well all summer long? Coming into the colder months, you may want to consider adding a more robust option with natural and nourishing ingredients to your winter skin care routine. Be careful of the over-the-counter moisturizers that are petroleum based and can further dry out your already dry skin. For uncomplicated beauty products to add to your daily routine, we recommend one of our favourite product lines Barefoot Naturals – products derived from mother earth, with no fillers or chemicals added. Interested in learning more? Call us or book an appointment online at Sugar Savvy, today!

Apply Sunscreen

Don’t be fooled by the grey skies and cold weather. On bright winter days, the snow reflects the suns harmful UV rays and can cause damage to your skin. This means that not only will you feel the effects beaming down from the sky, but also the increased risk comes from the ground filled with white powdery snow. Although you may feel much colder on your winter day walk, the amount of UV rays stays the same as during the summer months. Before you go outside, be sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 to all areas that will be highly exposed. This is a must add to your winter skin care regimen!

Humidify Your Home

As we mentioned, cold weather immediately leads us to turn up the heat within our homes and workspaces. However, heating systems dramatically decrease the amount of moisture left in our air. As a crucial part of your winter skin care routine, we suggest using a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, such as the living room and/or bedroom. Not only will this help the condition of the air circulating through your home but keeps skin hydrated, naturally. 

Don’t Over Exfoliate

Our initial reaction to dry skin – get rid of it! However, we tend to incorporate exfoliation into our skincare routines more than we should. We hope that by removing all dead skin cells, our skin will be left soft and supple. None the less, over-exfoliation leads to stripping our skin of the natural and essential oils it needs to regenerate properly. Now we aren’t saying to ditch this technique entirely, but stick to only once a week. Find a gentle exfoliant that works with your skin, and immediately follow with moisturizer.

Keep Toxins Away!

Do you have more than just the normal-dry skin? EczemaPsoriasis? If this relates to you, you must avoid common allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare-up. Winter skin proves to be more fragile, so avoid itchy fabrics such as wool and use mild detergents explicitly designed for sensitive skin. Many common household cleaners and laundry detergents will only prove to aggravate skin, so read the ingredients before you buy! Avoid any that contain artificial fragrances or high amounts of chemicals.

Sun Kissed Skin

Winter has come. You have said your goodbyes to that beautiful summer tan, but should you have to? Laying out in the suns rays can be incredibly comforting and relaxing, but there are other ways to get that sun-kissed glow all year round. Spray tans are safe tans! We fortify our formulas with nourishing oils and nutrients which provide hydration for your skin, even during the dry winter months.  Skin already damaged? Spray tans contain multi-vitamins that repair aggravated skin while simultaneously covering up less than ideal imperfections. No sun required!

It is inevitable that cold winters will prove to take a toll on your skin, from head to toe. Even your favourite winter activities such as sitting by the fireplace with a hot cup of java can dry out your skin. But switching up your daily routine can work wonders! Do not take winter skin care lightly; it is serious business! It is important to recognize that we must protect our skin from elements outside, but also inside our own home while avoiding harmful toxins and materials. Be sure to adjust your winter skin care routine this year, your skin will thank you!