Winter can be a tough time time of year, especially if you live in a climate where wind and below freezing temperatures are the norm of the season. On top of that, winter can wreak havoc on your skin – your face in particular. The low temperatures, humidity and the use of heaters both indoors as well as in your vehicle causes an imbalance of water, fat and protein in the skin.
You can minimize this damage and look your best by ensuring you get enough sleep. Skin cells regenerate while you sleep at night so getting plenty of shut eye will help fight the effects of winter. Also, you can reduce inflammation by cutting back on sugar and carbs and consume more omega-3 fatty acids to retain moisture.
It’s also important to wash your face twice a day with a face wash, but avoid the harsh bar of soap. As far as products go, the main idea is to remove dead skin and keep it hydrated. But it’s going to take a lot more than just using our usual moisturizer or sunscreen to limit the impact of the elements.
Below are a few products that we recommend adding to your regime to prevent looking like a White Walker all winter.
No more than once a day, it’s a good idea to use a facial scrub to remove dead skin and unclog pores. Tom Ford’s Exfoliating Energy Scrub contains crushed apricot seeds (a better option than other scrubs) and a sophisticated aroma to not only clean your skin but to provide a fresh feeling that can wake you up in the morning.
One recommendation for a moisturizing lotion is the Max LS Skin Recharging Water Lotion by Lab Series. Made specifically for men, it tones, refreshes, and soothes skin by removing old, dull skin cells. It provides the balancing action of a toner with the light hydration of a moisturizer to soothe, refresh and tone skin by instantly removing dead cells from skin’s surface without disrupting skin’s moisture barrier or natural pH.
If your skin is prone to acne breakouts, Jack Black’s moisturizer is made with no oil, so it’s safe for those with oily skin. It contains blue algae extract to keep skin supple and reduce inflammation along with sea parsley, which contains a combination of naturally occurring vitamins A and C and minerals to improve skin’s overall appearance. Just as important, the moisturizer contains SPF 20, protecting your skin from sun damage for years to come.
About once a week, using a hydrating masque can do wonders for your skin during the cold months to absorb and retain moisture. As skin cells naturally repair themselves while you sleep, a nightime masque is a great option. Kiehl’s Overnight Hydrating Masque. It’s easy to use and is also silicon, paraben, and fragrance-free so your sleep isn’t interrupted by an overpowering aroma.
The skin around your eyes is very thin and thus the most sensitive. It’s one of the areas where you skin will quickly become dehydrated. Use Shiseido’s Eye Soother to provide moisture to this area, which can immediately remedy what can be perceived as wrinkles or bags under the eyes.
Even if you have great skin that typically stays hydrated, almost everyone experiences chapped lips during the cold winter months. Hydrate and soothe dry lips with Molton Brown’s Lipsaver. Blended with antioxidant-rich Vitamin E and beeswax, it’s a great option to keep your lips soft and ensure your significant other pulls you in to stay warm when the temperatures drop.