10 Winter Beauty Mistakes

Winter can wreak havoc on your skin. There are some things to keep in mind during your winter skincare regime. Some may actually cause more harm than good.

Skipping sunscreen – The sun might not shine as vibrantly in the winter as it does in the summer, but sun screen is just as important. The reflection off snow during skiing is just as strong as an afternoon in the pool. Sunburns are possible in this season too. Same moisturizer – There is no one moisturizer that will work perfectly year round. It is time to bring out the heavy guns and use oil-based moisturizers. Mineral oils are better because do not clog the pores. This means no Shea butter as healthy as it may sound. Most evening moisturizers are oil based vs. water based.
Moisturizing your face only – When you moisturize to protect your face, do not forget to moisturize your hands and the rest of your body like ankles and elbows. The skin on the hands is thinner and needs additional protection during the harsh winter months. It also helps irritation from wool gloves and socks because itchiness is never sexy. Not using a humidifier – Humidifiers are a must have. It is the best weapon against dry heat indoors. Using multiple smaller humidifiers around the room help spread the moisture more evenly than one big central one. A discovery of a puddle of water one morning around a humidifier triggered that lesson. Drinking water only – It is a myth that drinking water will help your skin stay hydrated. It does not hurt and drinking enough water daily is beneficial. But your skin is the largest organ in your body and needs more protection than internal replenishment. Spend a few minutes daily to spread a layer of protection on your skin. Super hot baths – It is tempting to immerse yourself in hot water in freezing temperature. But once you get out of the shower, your skin will be extra dry, resulting from the heat drawing out moisture. If you must, refrain from super steam off your skin hot, and lather in lotion afterwards. If you want a bath, add some bath oils to it. Toners – Toners and dry skin do not go together because they are often alcohol based. The alcohol dehydrates the skin and can make your skin tight and red. That is like using a blow dryer on your face. On the rare occasion where it is necessary, a great alternative is rose water. Skip the toner in the winter and use it sparingly if you must. Perfume – Perfumes are alcohol based. Try spraying it onto your hair or clothing to keep smelling great without risking additional dryness. Savory salty foods – Foods need more salt to satisfy the taste buds when the weather is cold. But do not overdo this in the winter, the saltiness from savory foods dries out the lips and it is subconscious to give them a lick. This will dry out the lips even more, creating a deathly cycle. Keep an oil based lip balm in your purse. Chemical peels – The baby soft skin this treatment yields makes it especially tempting to shed the dead skin cells all at once. But the tenderness of the skin afterward does not bode well in the cold weather. Stick to a mild exfoliate at home until spring.

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