With recent snowfall and temperatures dipping below freezing, it’s safe to stay that our skin is at the mercy of these weather changes! Our skin is our biggest organ - it’s protective yet highly permeable. My skincare routine changes during the winter months, and I’m going to share tips to keep your skin glowing despite harsh weather. We also must keep in mind that our skin is an external reflection of the internal environment; our diet, our hormones, and our inflammation levels all affect our skin, and having clear skin is not just about our external skin care routine!
- Exfoliate: Baking soda is a great exfoliant. It’s gentle, cheap and easy to use! Add approximately 1/2 teaspoon into your palm, add a small amount of water water and mix into a paste. Massage the paste onto your face for 1-2 minutes, then rinse. Keep baking soda handy in a mason jar in your bathroom, and use as needed. Since this exfoliant is so gentle and mild, it can be used daily!
- Cleanse: Consider using a natural soap that is free of harsh chemical additives and perfumes - both of which contribute to drying out the skin! My personal favorite is Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soaps. These vegan soaps are gentle, have a coconut oil base and use essential oils in place of harsh fragrances.
- Moisturize: Coconut oil topically can be a great option for moisturizing during colder, dryer months. Use a small amount to start and see how your skin does. A small amount goes far. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, it is still important to moisturize. Consider using a natural astringent like apple cider vinegar (1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water) on oily areas or breakouts before moisturizing. Also, a more-light weight product might suit your needs more than coconut oil; Andalou products are great!
- Hydration: Ensuring that you’re adequately hydrated will also keep skin looking brighter. Drinking half of your body weight (lbs) in ounces every day with ensure adequate hydration. Remember that alcohol and caffeine will negatively affect your hydration status!
- Bonus Tips: Omega 3 essential fatty acids are a great way to also keep the skin healthy due to the anti-inflammatory effect. Increase healthy fats in your diet or consider an omega 3 supplement. Keeping a humidifier handy could be helpful at home if you’re environment is dry.
Check out our ‘Recipe’ tab for DIY Face Mask recipes to help replenish moisture and exfoliate for healthy and happy skin this winter!
Dr. Sarah Silverman