The hot, humid air of the summer is fading and the cooler temperatures are on the way. My skincare routine changes a bit in the fall and winter due to the drie air. The dry air really does a number on my maturing skin and I have to take extra precaution to keep the ash at bay. My cold weather skincare routine incorporates more hydrating products and layers of oils and creams.
I’ve talked about my facial skincare many times, in this post I’m focusing on the body. My elbows, knees, feet and shoulders all need a little extra care during the winter time. I’m going to show you just what I use and how I apply it daily to keep my skin moisturized all winter long.
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Keeping my skin soft begins when I bathe. I love a good Hydrating body wash, one that gets me clean but also doesn’t strip my skin making it feel tight and dry. The Dove brand of body washes remain in my stash for this very reason. The Dove Sensitive Body Wash wash is my go to, it’s super moisturizing and as a bonus, it has no harsh perfume scent making it great for every day use. Exfoliating in the shower is also super important. As with my face, I exfoliate my body at least twice a week. I use an Exfoliating Wash Cloths that I picked up from Amazon and it helps to remove any dead skin while I wash. Use your body wash with this cloth and slough away the dead skin to reveal healthy and glowing skin.
This next step is the most important one. Once you are finished bathing, I make sure to put on a hydrating body oil while my skin is still damp. Your skin best absorbs the moisture and locks it in for a longer time when applied to damp skin. In the morning, I layer some L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil or vitamin E oil on right when I get out of the shower and pat the water off. I pay special attention to my shoulders, elbows, knees and feet. After I apply the body oil, I then go over my entire body with a cream, such as the Nivea Enriched Body cream.
On my feet, knees and elbows, I go even further by adding a light layer of Vaseline and shea butter. It may sound like a lot, but for me, that combination definitely helps keep my skin moisturized all day. At night, I pay special attention to my feet by putting on vaseline and shea butter then wearing socks to bed. By the way, Vaseline is one of the best beauty products that you should have in your beauty routine. It’s inexpensive and is multi-use for your body from head to toe.
Drinking plenty of water is super important to our overall health. Staying hydrated helps your organs function properly, can help with blood pressure and its great for your skin. I know that drinking lots of water is not the end all be all for good looking skin, but it definitely helps. When my skin is dehydrated, the fine lines and dark circles show up and show out. For that reason I keep my 40 Oz stainless steel tumbler by my side and sip water throughout the day, usually taking in 64 oz or more. That is my personal preference, if you are not sure how much you should be drinking, contact your health professional or a nutritionist. For me, water helps my skin look so much better, eating the rainbow does the same thing. So drink up, quench your skin and body.
Harsh, cold winters and dry air can wreak havoc on your skin. Hopefully these tips will help with keeping your moisturized and glowing all winter long. Leave a comment below with your winter skincare tips and what you are using to keep your skin looking good this winter.