Say what you want about it being a winter wonderland, but we’re so not loving the cold weather right now. (It’s about -11 C in Toronto today). Not only are we mad about having to take our evening runs from the great outdoors to the overcrowded post-New Year’s gyms, but the cold weather is wreaking havoc on everyone’s skin.
Turns out, cold air holds less moisture than warmer air. Not only that, but winter’s harsh winds can remove your skin’s natural lipids, a part of the skin barrier that protects against dry skin. What’s a girl to do? Here’s how to protect your skin from cold weather:
Ditch the long, hot showers: “Hot water might feel good on a cold morning, but it strips the skin, leaving it dehydrated and itchy,” dermatologist Dr. David Bank told Prevention. So keep your shower short, turn down the heat, or both.
Exfoliate regularly: “Start exfoliating every other day [during winter] if your skin can handle it to prevent dry skin and to help maintain luminosity,” dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler told Canadian Living. If you’re up for a splurge, try Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. It’s not cheap, but the results are amazing.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: Start by shaking up your cleansing routine. Use a creamy cleanser instead of more drying soap and skip the harsh alcohol-based toner. Next, slather on a great rich moisturizer like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration. For best results, apply it morning and night.
Don’t skimp on the sunscreen: You might not think twice about skipping sunscreen in the winter, but your skin seriously needs it year-round. In fact, the ozone layer is thinnest in the winter, allowing more harmful UVB rays to permeate it. And snow and ice can reflect up to 80 per cent of UV rays, which can cause wrinkles and cancer!
Cover up: A coat with a hood will block the wind from the sides of your face, while a scarf can protect the skin on your neck and the bottom of your face. Try a dynamic duo like our Norse Code Coat in Olive (its fur-trimmed hood is extra warm) with our London Fog Scarf in Burgundy. Your skin will thank you!
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