With the crisp cool air outside and the heat blasting inside, skin gets tight and dry - meaning it's calling for some TLC, more than it needs in the warmer months. To keep your skin looking radiant this winter, follow these four simple tips:
1. Stay Away From Hot Water. Though you may want to turn up the heat in your shower and bask in the warmth after a long day, try not to. Hot water dehydrates the skin so it's best to stick with warm water when taking a shower, bath, or when washing your face and hands. However, if you really can't leave your hot showers, try to limit the time spent in the shower.
2. It's Still Sunny in the Winter. It may seem like a summer-only product, but sunscreen of at least SPF 30 is important year round.
Apply it every day to protect your skin from the sun's harsh rays. Try Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock (This is my absolute favorite sunscreen. It's not oily, doesn't make your skin break out and has UVA/UVB protection).
3. Exfoliate. Use a light exfoliator twice or three times a week in the winter to slough off dead, dry skin.
Exfoliating helps moisturizer do its job well. For a budget-friendly exfoliator that does its job, try St. Ive's Fresh Apricot Scrub.
To exfoliate your lips without spending money on a lip scrub, you can simply brush your toothbrush softly over your lips, as if you were brushing your teeth. Do this once a week and your lips will be super smooth!
4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! According to KeSARI Beauty Creative Director Richa Purohit, you should look for "oil-based moisturizers with vitamins C and E." These types of moisturizers will lock in moisture better than water-based moisturizers.
If you have problem skin and are worried about oil-based moisturizers clogging your pores, opt for a lighter lotion. Make sure to moisturize right as you get out of the shower so that you lock in moisture.
Don't forget to moisturize your lips with a great lip balm! Try Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 or Bliss Triple Oxygen +C Energizing Cream. As for a lip balm, I'm currently loving Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm because it's all natural, has vitamin E and peppermint, and is really soothing my lips.
Have a wonderful winter!