Growing up as a Florida girl, I’m not exactly a fan of cold weather (I know what you’re thinking but I promise it gets COLD in Los Angeles (at least compared to Florida)). Sure winter has its perks- holiday parties, family gathering, NFL playoffs, cute sweaters and fun boots but it also has its drawbacks- no beach days, no BBQ, shorter days and most importantly (and most aggravating) dry winter skin! Luckily, there are a couple skin saving tips and tricks you can use to get you through the chilly months sans dry, irritated skin.
3 Tips for Winter Skin Survival
- First and foremost a good moisturizer is a necessity. My current obsession is Sonya Dakar’s Hydrasoft Lotion- Maintenece. This oil-free moisturizer is ah-mazing. It absorbs so quickly without feeling even the slightest bit greasy. The texture is light and luxurious without being but still ultra-hydrating. The lotion contains moisture-rich ceramides, antioxidant vitamin E to protect from environmental pollutants and free radical damage, and frankincense extract to fight inflammation which can be caused by the cold. Not to mention the smell of the Sonya Dakar product is so clean that it makes me feel as though I just had a perfect spa day.
- Steaming hot showers are a no-no. I know that sometimes nothing sounds better than a nice hot shower on a cold day but unfortunately, that is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Similarly to watching a dish, showering can remove oils from our skin and unlike the dish, we actually need those oils to stay moisturized. Try and limit your showers to five minutes and keep the water as cool as you can stand.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells, which do no absorb moisture. In order for that amazing Sonya Dakar Hydrasoft Lotion to work, it needs to make it into the skin cells! You can either exfoliate with scrub and cleanser or use a chemical exfoliant, such as a product with glycolic acid, to help your winter skin stay soft.