It’s about that time of year again. With the seasons changing and cold weather coming in, it’s becoming necessary to change up your skincare routine a bit. Switching products to align with the weather is important for maintaining the health of your skin all winter long.
Cold Weather Skincare Do’s and Don’ts
DON’T: Lick your lips to moisturize them.
DO: Use a lip treatment.
To keep our skin fresh between the cold, dry air from outside and the dry, heat blowing from inside, we should start by taking care of our lips! My lips are constantly flaky and dry in the winter months and my #1 tip I always recommend is to avoid licking your lips. It might temporarily moisten them and make it feel like it’s helping, but actually the enzymes in our saliva dries them out even more. Instead of licking your lips to alleviate any dryness, try the Skinceuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair. As a fan favorite at Bella Trio, this treatment, unlike any other lip balm, will actually help attract and retain water to rejuvenate, reshape and replenish your lips tissue. It’s formulated with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid, which will help heal anyone’s dry lips! The perfect lip savior.
DO: Amp up the moisturizer.
As the colder months set in, a no-brainer swap is a heavier moisturizer, which is going to be key when keeping your face hydrated. I love Bioelements Really Rich Moisture! It's packed with non-greasy and emollient olive, safflower, jojoba and avocado oils that saturate skin, to correct dryness and improve flaking. If that’s a little too heavy, another good option would also be Bioelements Crucial Moisture. This one is designed to deliver real relief to dry skin with ultra-lubricating dimethicone. The Crucial Moisture penetrates the skin quickly for fast hydration and leaves no oily residue. Pro tip; the best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is still damp (usually after using a toner), because this helps lock in hydration!
When keeping your face nice and hydrated, don’t forget about your body too! Hands, especially, start cracking during this time of year, so make sure to toss a thick, rich hand cream into your purse to keep your hands from cracking this winter.
DO: Moisten the air.
Not only is the cold air outside drier, the air in our homes also tend to be drier, due to our heaters being on. With the air being, overall, drier, you can expect to feel the effects in your skin. I would suggest investing in a humidifier, as a perfect way to bring that moisture back into the air. Not only will it help your skin, but it’ll also help you stay healthy and prevent dryness in the nose and mouth.
DO: Exfoliate your whole body.
Keeping your whole body exfoliated to slough off those dead skin cells on the surface of your skin is going to be key during the winter. It can be as easy as taking a dry brush, or an exfoliating mitt to your body. A great body scrub, like our Farm House Fresh Body Polish, does an amazing job at exfoliating and moisturizing the skin as well. Exfoliating can help reveal underlying youthful looking skin and allow for body moisturizers to work better!
COLD WEATHER DON’TS
It may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, but your skin will be better when taking a 5-10 minute lukewarm shower. A couple other things I would avoid are using alcohol or acid based astringents and using a clay mask during this time. All these can break down your skin's lipid barrier, meaning it strips out the water and natural oils in your skin, thus drying it out.
Dry skin on your face just won’t go away? Not sure what to add into your skincare routine? Come in for a facial to treat the dryness! We would love to see you. A great exfoliating treatment during this time of year is a microdermabrasion. This is a minimally invasive procedure used to renew overall skin tone and texture. The procedure uses a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick outer layer of the skin to rejuvenate it. Microdermabrasion is considered a safe procedure for most skin types! Book a 60 Minute Reparative Skin Therapy today!