Between going from dry indoor heat to windy harsh conditions, the winter season can wreak major havoc on your skin. Keep a glowing complexion this season with a mix of natural and traditional medical esthetician approved tips and tricks.
The key is to replenish and hydrate since this season can significantly dry you out. Our natural glow can start to diminish if our face is looking flaky, so keep your skin supple and dewy with these tips!
Medical Esthetician Approved Tips For Dry Winter Skin
- Infuse extra hydration with a weekly mask:
I personally use a face mask about every three or four days, but a deeply hydrating face mask once a week can do wonders during the winter months. Medical esthetician Rachel Kwall of the Geldner center recommends using Skinceuticals phyto corrective mask, she says you can even sleep in it! If you want to make a DIY remedy, check out this olive oil face mask using ingredients you can find in your kitchen cupboard.
- Focus on collagen production and renewal:
Once we hit our mid 20’s, our collagen production starts to slow down and signs of aging start to creep up. Collagen is a protein that helps with our connective tissues and fibers in our skin so that we can maintain elasticity and a youthful appearance. Ensuring that we are supporting collagen production is crucial. You can take a collagen liquid supplement once a day, and eat foods high in Vitamin C which helps stimulate collagen production.
- Infuse your moisturizer with Argan oil:
Kwall recommends adding a few drops of facial oil to your night time moisturizer for extra nourishment. She recommends using Argan oil by ACURE. Why Argan oil specifically? It’s made of the same fatty acids that are in our skin, so it won’t make you break out!
- Find products with lactic acid:
Lactic acid is wonderful at hydrating your skin. While it’s most commonly derived from milk, it can also be sourced from fruits, veggies and plants. You can find toners that have 8% lactic acid and use it regularly to replenish.
- Indulge in a medium depth chemical peel:
Kwall recommends receiving a medium depth chemical peel during winter months as it helps control dry skin while giving you a glowing tone and texture. Her favorite are VI peels, as they are cruelty free!
- Foods that hydrate from the inside out:
Besides focusing on eating fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C for collagen production, it’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough fatty acids in your diet. Healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds, and fatty fish (if you eat fish), will help give you moisturizing nourishment from the inside out. Foods that are also rich in beta-carotene will give you a supple glow without having to use self-tanner. Think sweet potatoes, carrots, and red peppers.
- Incorporate a retinol into your routine (or find retinol alternatives) for extra exfoliation:
Even though our face can feel dry in the winter, it’s still important to exfoliate regularly to avoid clogged pores. Kwall recommends adding a .5% retinol product 2 nights a week into your nightly routine. If you want to keep things natural, you can check out this article on natural retinol alternatives that may still give your complexion a good exfoliation.