Winter is harsh and can be unforgiving. As the temperature drops so does our skin’s ability to protect itself. The low humidity is dehydrating and can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and broken capillaries. However, with a few key changes and additions to your daily routine, your skin will stay balanced and healthy.

Use Lukewarm Water When Cleansing the Face and Body

The skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis, is full of natural oils that protect it and act as a barrier from harsh environments. When you use hot water, you’re softening that layer and removing these oils.  To avoid this, I  recommend using lukewarm water with a linen washcloth.

Exfoliate

Because skin in the winter is drier and more sensitive, I recommend a gentler exfoliator, such as Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50V 1970 Toner. Lotion P50 is a chemical exfoliator, which prevents you from needing to scrub (scrubs can cause  micro tears on the epidermis) especially when the skin is more susceptible in the cold.

Use Oil Based Moisturizer (Not Water Based)

Water based moisturizers can freeze on the skin causing broken capillaries. Choose oil- based ones in harsh winter climates to avoid this predicament. I like Chuda Healing and Hydrating Cream mixed with a few drops of Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum.

Protect Your Exposed Skin

Use gloves, hats, scarves, whatever you can to keep those frigid winter gusts from touching your skin. I prefer cashmere, as it does not irritate the skin (and who doesn’t love to be draped in cashmere?).

Stay Hydrated

Topical hydration keeps your skin healthy, plump, and fresh.  During the day, when you are inside at work or home and the heat is in overdrive, use a hydrating mist such as the Queen of Hungary Mist from Omorovicza. This can can revitalize your complexion (and your mood).


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