Ah, winter. The holidays are right around the corner, a new year is just on the horizon and dry, itchy winter skin is...not exactly what we’re looking forward to. When the temps start to drop - and the heaters inside start to blast - dryness can make your winter wonderland really unpleasant. Unavoidable? No way! In fact, staying supple and hydrated all season is actually a lot easier than you might think.
But let’s back up a little bit. What causes wintertime dryness? Well, cold air tends to be drier than the warm, humid air from the summer months. This can zap out any moisture in your skin cells. But the heat inside isn’t much better, as HVAC systems and space heaters can also dry out the air as they warm up.
So, what can you do? Be proactive - and defensive? We have a few tips up our sleeve to help protect your skin against dryness this winter!
Water is the best way to combat dry skin this winter - and there are more ways to consume it than you think. Of course, staying hydrated by drinking your eight glasses a day is always a smart place to start. Pack a water bottle with you throughout the day so there’s no excuse not to drink!
Of course, locking in the hydration that’s already in your skin is another strong solution against wintertime dryness. Our Miracle 7-in-1 Primer Serum is loaded with potent botanical moisturizers to soothe and quench parched skin. Plus, our Hydrawear Foundation is packed with Hyaluronic Acid - an ingredient we’re big fans of here at Emani - that’s designed to help plump your skin cells up with moisture. Work these two powerhouse products into your routine, and you’ll have smooth skin in no time.
Avoid (and Combat!) the Triggers
One of the simplest solutions to dry winter skin is to keep away from any triggers. Avoid spending extended time outdoors if you can, and protect your face with a hat and scarf if you do! But if they’re unavoidable - like the stifling heating system in your office, for example - there are definitely ways to stay on the defensive. A humidifier is an easy investment towards keeping the air in your home or office hydrated.
Stay Away from Steam
The heat from your shower can also strip away the natural moisturizer in your skin. We know, it might sound a little counterintuitive. Even though there’s nothing better than a steamy shower on a freezing day, hot water can strip away the natural oils that keep your skin supple. Try to keep the temperature to a happy medium and if you’re really craving a steaming shower, limit your time to as little as possible.
The Things You Didn’t Think About
So you’ve got the ins and outs of moisturizing for the winter memorized...think
you’ve got it right? Just a few more things to consider… Did you know that your skin is susceptible to sun damage even in the winter? It’s true! The low trajectory of the sun and bright, reflective snow can actually cause sunburns and UV damage. That’ll leave your skin totally parched too, but that’s the least of your concerns! You should wear sunscreen every day, even in the winter.
And while you’re spending all this time thinking about your face, don’t forget about your lips! If the delicate skin of your pout get chapped and cracked in the cold, all of the above tips will certainly apply. Our Hydrating Lipsticks and bestselling Lip Shine Gloss are all vitamin-rich and smooth to apply, locking in moisture and locking out any dryness.
We hope you head into the cold frontier of the season with the newfound knowledge of how to keep your face, lips and skin nourished and healthy. After all, the only flakes you encounter this winter should be snowflakes, not dry, flaky skin!
Do you have any of your own tips to protect your skin during the harsh winter? Let us know in the comments!