3 Steps to Battle Winter Skin Woes

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3 Steps to Battle Winter Skin Woes

Cold weather is harsh on our skin. Dry air and low temperatures lead to dry skin and sometimes even cracks or rashes. Often we unintentionally exacerbate this dryness with long baths and showers at maximum heat. Then, as our natural skin barriers break down, acne flare-ups can become more common too. It’s enough to make anyone wish for spring! Luckily, a few simple steps can help to sustain your skin through the winter woes.

 

1. Moisturize

The number one thing your skin needs during the winter is moisture. Winter is a great time to upgrade to a rich moisturizer, especially for overnight use. Apply a moisturizer immediately after getting out of the shower or washing your face to protect against the dehydrating effects of hot water. Make sure you’re using a body lotion too – all of your skin is fighting against the winter weather. Ideally, make sure you’re applying a moisturizer in the daytime and overnight so your skin can recover around the clock.

 

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliation enables your skin to replace dead skin cells with new ones. It also helps your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply. In the winter, your skin barrier might be weaker, so it’s especially important to choose a gentle exfoliating product over more aggressive solutions. Laurmé's Exfoliating Lemon Tart Whip is made for even the most sensitive skin. It comes packed full of nutrients and moisturizing ingredients. it can be used up to three times a week to keep your skin looking polished and radiant, no matter the weather. 

 

3. Treatment

Winter is a good time to give your skin a little extra care with a facial treatment. The keys to look for in a good winter facial treatment are hydration, moisture, and protection. Avoid anything too severe, such as chemical peels, which might damage an already delicate skin barrier.

If you’re looking to go beyond simple exfoliation, try a dermaplaning treatment instead. Facials can be another great choice for the winter, as these already focus on in-depth moisture. If you prefer at-home skin care, you might consider trying a moisturizing sheet mask or adding a renewing serum to your routine.

 

Bonus: Moisture All Around

Remember that our skin doesn’t just react to what we put directly on it, but to what we surround ourselves with and put into our bodies. Remember to keep drinking water–half your body weight in ounces– throughout the winter. If you find it harder to drink cold water when the weather is chilly, try incorporating herbal tea or hot water with lemon into your routine.

You can also fight the cold, dry air, by adding a humidifier to your home. The moist air minimizes the amount of water that evaporates from your skin. Try using it in your living room during the day or in your bedroom as you sleep. You’ll notice a difference in how refreshed your skin becomes!

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