We usually pay attention to our skin in summertime, when the suns rays are beaming down. But winter can play havoc with your skin, too. Below, skincare and makeup expert Andrew Sotomayor offers ten tips to smooth, supple skin from your head to your toes.
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Make the Moist Of It
When winter weather hits, most people turn to thick creams to protect skin. But some synthetic ingredients, like petroleum jelly, just cover up dryness—and can cause breakouts. Instead, look for organically grown ingredients like the coconut oil, shea butter, hibiscus flower found in Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Radiance Moisture.
Loaded with vitamins, irons and fatty acids, it moisturizes deeply and still has a lightweight texture that absorbs completely. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and also contains songyi mushrooms, which helps brighten skin and even out pigmentation.
Moisturizing alone is often not enough to keep skin smooth during winter months: Dead skin cells build up, creating a rougher texture and preventing moisturizer from absorbing properly.
Scrubs are fine, but pre-soaked towelettes like the Skin Exfoliation Pads from MDSun contain glycolic acid, polyhydroxy acid, lactobionic acid to help loosen dead skin cells as the gentle cloth wipes them away. It also contains moisturizing and anti-inflammatory ingredients to prevent irritation or dryness. ($78, mdsun.com)
Mix Up Your Shaving Routine
To minimize irritating the skin on your chin and neck that’s already struggling with winter weather, consider alternating how often you shave. A mix of shaving and trimming will give sensitive skin a break. If you shave with a blade five days a week, try switching to an electric every other day.
If you’re already using an electric shaver, try using an electric trimmer on the weekends to rock a bit of stubble. To get a range of options in one kit, try the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler. Establishing some sort of weekly routine will make shaves closer, maintenance easier, and skin less sensitive.
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Dry winter weather can make facial hair look and feel scratchy. For intensive moisture on your face and beard, put a few drops of the Beard Guyz Beard Oil 25 into the palms of your hands. Rub them together, then press onto dry skin on your neck or run it through your facial hair.
Unlike synthetic oils and artificial ingredients, these 25 natural and organic oils in this product won’t cause breakouts. Bonus, if you trim the edges of your beard, use this as a pre-shave oil to reduce irritation and prevent your skin from drying out.
When lip balm isn’t enough, gentle exfoliators for the lips are the next step. Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning that it attracts and holds onto water, which makes it an excellent ingredient for both softening chapped lips and buffing away flaky skin.
Rub the new Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub onto your lips with your fingers, or use it with a damp washcloth for more intensive exfoliation. It smells amazing and makes lips softer instantly.
Skin conditions ranging from mild flakiness to eczema and psoriasis can be exacerbated during the winter by the combination of frigid weather and an immune system that’s already working overtime.
To soothe a range of issues in the shower, DCL Skincare’s T Shampoo for Hair and Body uses coal tar and eucalyptus to normalize skin cell turnover and reduce itching. Vitamin B5, polymers, and proteins soften skin and hair. This all-over product can even help to prevent breakouts on your back and chest.
Not only do germ-y hands make you more likely to catch cold, they can also make you break out if you touch your face with them. Soap and water is best, but for in-between washes, Dr Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizer is made with organic alcohol, glycerin, and lavender oil will sanitize your hands without drying them out. Plus, it can even be used as an air-freshener or a deodorant.
($4.99, Dr bronner.com)
Winter weather can cause cuticles to dry out or for hangnails to develop. You want to clip your nails neatly, but not too close to the pink base of the nail. Trim hangnails when needed using cuticle scissors or nail clippers, being careful not to cut the skin on your fingers.
I got the Revlon Men’s Essentials Grooming Kit for my boyfriend. It’s got a sleek faux-leather case to keep everything organized, and most importantly, clean.
The Sisley Paris Sun Glow Gel comes in a a unisex matte formula for a natural-looking tan that washes off at the end of the day. Unlike foundation, this creamy bronzer is not about “covering your skin,” instead, it gives transparent tan-like effect that doesn’t look like makeup.
Take Two and Call Me In The Morning
With our immune systems working overtime in the cold weather, eating right is critical. The Plant Collagen Builder from myKind Organics (Alicia Silverstone’s brand) contains ingredients like bio-available biotin, silica, and anti-oxidants to helps your body produce its own collagen (keeps skin bouncy), elastin (prevents wrinkles), and keratin (the substance that nails and hair are made of), as well as help protect from environmental damage.