5 Winter Skin Care Tips

Yes, you still need sunscreen!

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Skin in the winter can become dry, chapped, irritated, and raw. With colder, drier air, skin becomes a little more high maintenance.

Always follow skin care routines guided towards your own skin type regardless of season.

1. Switch gel cleansers for cream cleansers in the winter.

2. Don't use astringents! Replace them with hydrating toners.

3. Don't over exfoliate! Raw skin is more susceptible to damage, and the elements in higher latitudes are very rough. Exfoliate with a gentle peel on the face and dry brushing the body followed by jojoba oil all over.

4. Moisture, moisture, moisture! Use a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid and follow it with a heavier cream moisturizer to hold in water. If you generally have dry skin, use a very heavy night cream. There are also many moisturizing masks available that can be used two or three times a week. My favorites are Aveda's Intensive Hydrating Masque and Bella di Terra's Whipped Vanilla Cream Hydrating Moisture Mask.

5. Sunscreen!! Yes, you still need it in the winter! UV rays reflect off of snow, and keeping your skin protected from sun damage is just as important. Wear sunscreen on your face, neck, and hands; anywhere that will be exposed. You won't need as much sunscreen as in the summer, since there are fewer daylight hours and less exposed skin, but it is still necessary! Winter sunburns are even more painful in bitterly cold winter air.

Starting a winter skin care regimen now, before the winter weather really starts, is a perfect way to keep your skin healthy until Spring.