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Moving to Boston has its positives, but (for me at least) winter isn’t one of them. I left the cold weather of WI when I was 23 because winter just isn’t my thing. I also don’t like how harsh winter can be on my skin. That’s why I’m taking the Olay Winter Skin Challenge – after just one use of their Moisture Ribbons Plus moisturizing body wash – they promise your skin will be softer and more moisturized.
If you’re also looking for winter skincare tips to keep your skin soft all winter long, check out my 8 tips and join the Winter Skin Challenge with me.
1. Use Lukewarm Water
I totally love hot baths and showers, but it’s better for your skin to use lukewarm water. Super hot water actually strips the natural oils away from your skin, which can be very drying in the winter. Choose lukewarm water to keep your natural oils intact.
2. Choose the Right Cleanser
Some cleansers can be extremely drying, which is why I like to use Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus moisturizing body wash in the shower. The double ribbon formula and rich lather cleanses and moisturizes at the same time. It comes in two therapeutic scents including Manuka honey and lavender Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus offers a rich moisturizing formula that helps overcome the harsh effects of winter weather.
3. Moisturize Immediately
Right after you get out of the shower or bath is the absolute best time to apply moisturizer. By applying moisturizer to damp skin, you will help seal in the moisture and that dampness on your skin. Keep a bottle near your bath and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
4. Choose Quality Moisturizers
Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural and moisturizing ingredients. Choose oil-based rather than a water-based lotions in the winter to help retain more moisture. Some ingredients to look for would be lavender, chamomile, jojoba, and others, all of which help to soothe dry and itchy skin. One of my favorites is this body lotion.
5. Wear Scarves and Gloves
In the winter, you can keep moisture locked in by wearing gloves and scarves. All that wind, rain, and snow can be super drying for the skin, so it’s important to keep as much skin covered as possible. Also, don’t forget to wear sunscreen, as the sun can still be damaging in the winter.
6. Invest in a Humidifier
Heating systems dry out the air. By installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, you will put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
7. Stay Hydrated
We tend to drink less in the winter months because we don’t feel hot. However, our skin still needs plenty of liquids for hydration on the inside and out. Make sure you’re drinking enough water, tea, or other liquids. You should shoot for about 6-8 glasses a day, depending on your size and activity-level. You can also ensure you’re hydrated by eating foods high in water content, which can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Fruits like cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots are all fantastic for hydration. Also, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Eating omega-3s, which are found in fish, flaxseed oil and supplements is also important for skin health.
8. Exfoliate Gently
I know it might seem counterintuitive to use an exfoliator in the winter, but you need one to slough off dead skin. Just make sure you find a gentle exfoliator, as you don’t want to strip all of the natural oils from your skin. Once you exfoliate, moisturize immediately to replenish the oils and lock-in the moisture on your damp skin.
I hope these winter skincare tips help you to keep your skin feeling soft and moisturized all winter long. Are there other things you do to keep your skin moisturized in the winter? I’d love to hear about them!