5 Simple Ways To Protect Your Skin From Harsh Winter Weather

As the seasons change, so should your beauty routine. Think about it: your delicate skin is facing a whole new set of irritants in the cold, dry winter than it does in hot, sunny weather. It’s important to be mindful of this seasonal shift, but it may surprise you to know that some of the habits you started this summer -- like wearing SPF and drinking tons of water -- should be carried over into the holiday season (and beyond).

Ahead, some of the best, most surprising tips for keeping your skin glowing until spring.

1. “Winterize” Your Skincare Routine
Your winter skincare routine should include plenty of moisture from your face wash and your lotion. Make sure to slather on a heavy cream at night, which is the best time for absorption; you can even use coconut oil as a DIY deep moisturizer! Also, exfoliate gently and less frequently as your skin may already be sensitive and raw from the elements, and learn some ways to naturally soothe facial skin.
(Bonus tip: dealing with dry, flaky lips? Make a DIY lip scrub with one part coconut oil and two parts granulated sugar for a yummy way to smooth and soften your pout!).

2. Use SPF
It’s not exactly beach weather, but the sun’s rays can be just as damaging when they’re glaring off the snow. Make sure to use SPF every day, especially if you’re about to hit the slopes or embark on an outdoor adventure. Side note: your sunscreen can address other skincare needs too, so make sure to find an SPF that suits your skin type!

3. Soothe Skin After Facial Hair Removal
All hair removal methods have the potential to irritate skin, but this is especially true if it’s already chapped or sensitive. If you remove unwanted hair from your face this winter, make sure to follow up with a moisturizer like the Hair-Nix 2-in-1 gel. It’s formulated with skin soothers like aloe and vitamin E, and it slows regrowth, to boot.

4. Bundle Up
When you bundle up before heading outside, keep in mind that it’s not just to stay warm -- it’s to protect your skin! Scarves, hats, and mittens shield your face, neck, and hands from harsh conditions, making them less likely to become raw and chapped.

5. Stay Hydrated
Moisturizing isn’t just topical, it starts from the inside out! While it’s only natural to drink lots of water in the summertime heat, it’s just as important to stay hydrated in the winter, which will improve the moisture level -- and all around health -- of your skin.

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