Shocker for you all – it’s freezing in New York again. With the weather going wacky, it’s important you take care of your skin so you can at lease look and feel like it’s about to be spring. We wanted to share one of our favorite posts from one of our favorite bloggers, Nichole at Vanilla Extract, and her tips on keeping your skin soft and snow-bunny like during chilly days.
I love winter and all, but it seriously wreaks havoc on my skin. There’s nothing sexy about dry flakes and when you have ‘em, makeup application is the most frustrating process in all of the land. To avoid dry skin depression (trust me, it’s real), I like to eliminate all of the pesky little things that sap moisture. Here’s to kicking parched, flaky, and itchy skin in the butt!
1. Spending time in heated air.
Dry outside air + dry indoor heat = dry skin overload. B and I have a humidifer next to our bed that we keep on while we sleep. It pumps hydrated air back into our room to keep our skin and sinuses moist. (If you ever get a bloody nose in the winter time, this will help!) We love the Crane Drop Humidifier because it’s quiet and low maintenance. Just make sure to crack a door if it’s in a small room so you don’t get any condensation on the walls.
2. Taking long, hot showers.
Long, hot showers strip the skin from protective oils that it naturally produces. When those oils are gone, water from the skin also escapes. It’s best to shower in warm water, wash with a rich body wash, and limit your overall shower time. Make sure to smooth on body lotion within three minutes of getting out of the shower for best results.
3. Skimping on the sunscreen.
UV rays can prevent skin from holding onto moisture even in the winter, and although it may be cold out, you’re not shielded from sun damage. Use a sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two ingredients that literally block UVA and UVB rays. Vive Sana’s Solar to Polar Ultra is an all-natural, deeply moisturizing favorite.
4. Wearing itchy fabrics.
Tis the season of bundling up! I love wool sweaters, but they have a way of drying out and irritating your skin. Wear a long sleeve cotton shirt (Alexander Wang and James Perse make the best, but Forever 21 also has good contenders!) underneath your scratchy fabrics. It’s way more comfortable and non-irritating.
5. Wearing a matte or long-lasting lipstick.
Long-lasting lipstick may have one serious perk, but a lot of them contain alcohol, which can leave your lips dry, chapped, and cracked. If you want to be smooched under the mistletoe this season, try an all-natural lip balm like Burt’s Bees. They also have tinted lip shimmers, which I love!