Winter skin is so much different than summer skin. Summer skin is all about keeping wrinkles at bay from the blistering sun. However, winter skin is a little more complicated. Whether you’re in mild LA temps or blistering 20 degree New York weather, your skin needs a little more TLC from the drastic weather changes in December, January and February months.
While the weather outside might be frightful, there’s no reason your skin should be! Here are some daily, weekly and monthly winter routine skincare changes to keep your skin youthful throughout the winter.
Wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. While you can be more prone to using warmer water temperature on your face, make sure to keep the water lukewarm.
Before moisturizing, use a toner to balance your skin PH. This is important because your body is most likely to come out of PH balance in the cold weather and a holiday diet! A great toner to use is the PAAVANI brand. Unsure of which toner to use based on your Ayurvedic needs? Take the Ayurvedic Dosha test to determine whether you’re a vata, pitta, tridoshic, or kapha.
Use a moisturize immediately after toning! This keeps your face from drying out. Make sure your moisturizer in the day time has SPF (even when you’re inside all day!) and your evening moisturizer is a nighttime cream with an oil base. This will keep your skin from drying out and becoming itchy or splotchy. The Desert Rescue face oil is a perfect nighttime moisturizer in the winter as it contains many different oils. This will keep your face from drying out in the dry winter air.
While most think to exfoliate weekly in the summer because of dirt and dust, exfoliating in the winter is equally important. Exfoliating in the winter can ward off dead skin cells on your face and especially your lips, keeping them smooth and bright.
A great exfoliator for the winter is the natural DIY Detox Mask. ‘Tis the season for peppermint and detox. The best part of the exfoliator is that it is so versatile. Do you need a more calming mask? Mix two tablespoons of the mask with strong-brewed camomile tea. Or, if you feel some cold-prone blemishes appearing, try skipping the exfoliator and use it as a spot treatment with some apple cider vinegar!
If you’re already receiving your monthly facial, go at it! Facials are most important in the changing weather months since it helps your skin adapt. However, if you’re looking for a little monthly TLC without the hefty cost of a facial, head to the nearest sauna or steam room. Not only will it keep you warm when it’s freezing out, it refreshes and exfoliates your skin and pores naturally with minimal work!