Skincare shouldn’t be a luxury, no matter the season or time of year. While you may still be using the same moisturizer you’ve been using all year round, your skin is likely to have different needs in winter than it does in summer. Here are five ways to take care of your skin in winter, so that you can look and feel good all year long!
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1) Protect against cold wind
You might not spend much time thinking about your skin, but it’s an organ just like any other. And as such, winter weather can be harsh on it—especially if you live somewhere cold or windy. Cold winds carry dust and bacteria that can damage your skin and make you more susceptible to colds. One way to protect yourself is by wearing a scarf over your mouth when outdoors; another is by keeping moisturizer nearby so you can apply it throughout the day.
2) Always wear sunscreen
You might think sunscreen is just for summer, but it’s not! Even though you wear less clothing during winter months, that doesn’t mean your skin isn’t exposed to UV rays when you go outside. Because UVA rays penetrate clouds and even glass, they can still damage your skin if you don’t protect yourself. Try a daily moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher; apply it each morning after washing and toning.
3) Stay hydrated
It’s easy to forget about your skin when you bundle up against freezing temperatures and short days. But keeping hydrated is a surefire way to make sure that skin gets what it needs all year round. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day, along with plenty of other liquids such as milk, juice, and herbal tea. The more hydrated your body is, the softer your skin will be—and moisturizers go on more easily if your skin isn’t parched!
4) Get sleep
Getting adequate sleep is an important part of caring for your skin. Not only does it help you maintain a healthy weight, it also ensures that your skin receives a continuous supply of nutrients and fluids to keep it hydrated and supple. Inadequate sleep leads to dryness and dullness, so get enough shut-eye!
5) Use face masks regularly
Face masks aren’t just for nights on the town or trips to fancy spas—they’re also great ways to care for your skin during winter. Use a gentle face mask several times per week and opt for products that contain hydrating ingredients like aloe, honey, and seaweed extracts. Also be sure to drink plenty of water—it’s especially important in cold weather when you’re less likely to perspire.