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4 Tips To Prep Your Skin For Winter

As we head into the cooler months of the year, it’s important to think about practical ways to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. This most likely means changing up the products in your routine to fit the needs of dryer, more acne-prone skin.


For your routine, always start with the basics: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and SPF. If you are prone to breakouts, include a Retin-A cream as well before you put on your moisturizer.


Cleanser

When choosing a cleanser, stick with a product that does not contain alcohol, as it is both drying and dehydrating to the skin. We recommend using a sulfate-free, natural-based cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Using a washcloth while washing your face will also add gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells (definitely an added bonus).


Toner

Follow your cleansing with a toner to help with keeping your skin PH balanced all year round, such as our toning facial serums. Toners are not only hydrating, but can brighten the face (hello healthy glow!), eliminate breakouts, reduce redness, and have anti-aging properties.


Moisturizer & SPF

Finish up with a rich moisturizer that will penetrate pores deeply and lock in moisture longer. This may mean switching up a lotion with something a little heavier, like a cream or body butter, particularly at night. For the daytime, make sure to include SPF 30 or higher with your moisturizer. Contrary to popular belief, you can still get sun damage in the fall and winter, even on cloudy days. Don’t forget to rub it on your neck and chest area as well!


Exfoliation

The buildup of dead skin cells makes your skin appear dull and flaky, particularly in the colder months that sap your skin of extra moisture. These extra skin cells clog follicles, which contributes to breakouts and can actually interfere with the performance of your other skin care products. Exfoliating your skin 1 to 2 times per week will help remove that natural buildup and keep your skin soft and glowing. We recommend using our sugar scrub, which is made with only natural ingredients and gentle enough to use on the whole body, including the face.


Don’t Neglect These Other Basics:
  • Stay hydrated- be conscious of drinking the same, if not more, water than you do in the summer.

  • Protect your lips- Cooler weather means chapped lips, so keep a lip balm handy during the day and make sure to apply every night before bed.

  • Get some rest! 7-8 hours a night is ideal for most people.

  • Don’t forget your hands- We may all be washing our hands a little more these days, which can dry them out quickly. Keep a rich lotion with you to slather on your hands throughout the day, particularly on the backs of your hands that are more prone to chafing. Wear gloves outside in really cold temperatures as added protection.

  • Dial Down The Heat- Avoid long, hot showers, or cranking up your furnace, as tempting as it may be. The warmer temperatures actually dry out your skin faster.

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