11 Tips for Helping Your Skin Survive the Winter Cold

November 6, 2015

There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful in the winter, with the holidays filling hearts and the New Year bringing opportunities to reset and restart.

But with all the good comes the change in weather, which can be harsh on your skin.

Fortunately, we’ve got some advice for you to help you look after your skin in the wintry weather:

1. MOISTURIZE 

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Let’s start with the big one: the best way to protect your skin from drying out in the winter is to find ways to return moisture to it. Try philosophy’s renewed hope in a jar and renewed hope in a jar overnight recharging & refining moisturizer. This duo gives you the 1-2 punch when it comes to refreshing and refining your skin. It’s award-winning formulation features a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, 3 forms of hyaluronate plus an asian fruit extract, delivering an even longer-lasting glow and continuous hydration benefits. It’s the simple all-in-one solution for those seeking a stress-free cold weather regimen.

2. EAT YOUR GREENS 

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It turns out your mom was right! It is important to eat your fruits and veggies, as a healthy diet can provide a major boost to your skin during winter. Load up on Vitamin C-rich products like leafy greens and citrus fruits, which can all help boost collagen production in the body. Your stomach AND your skin will thank you for it!

3. GO NUTS FOR OILY FISH

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A good diet for your skin goes beyond simply eating your greens. You need to be filling up on superfoods like nuts, fish, olive oil, avocados and flax. They are chock-full of monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are your BFFs when it comes to maintaining your skin.

4. BUNDLE UP 

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This might sound like obvious wintertime advice, but you would be surprised at the number of people who fail to bundle up when braving the outdoors! A simple hat, scarf, and glove combo can go a long way to helping your skin avoid extended cold air exposure and windburn.

5. WEAR SPF PROTECTION

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Sunscreen just isn’t for summertime! Despite what you might think, the Earth is actually closer to the sun in the winter — meaning your skin is just as susceptible to sun damage. Plus, snow and ice can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, which can lead to everything from wrinkles to skin cancer.

Face moisturizers — like renewed hope in a jar spf 30 — offer built-in SPF support. By applying a little to your face and hands 30 minutes before heading outside, you can prevent your skin from becoming dry and damaged.

6. TAKE COLD(ISH) SHOWERS

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Long, hot showers can strip the natural moisture found in the skin. And while we’re not suggesting you have an ice-cold rinse everyday, try and avoid the 20-minute boiling-hot showers. Turn down the temperature and keep it short and sweet.

7. BE WISE WITH WHAT YOU WEAR TO BED 

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Winter weather not only plays havoc with what you wear outdoors; it can also prove problematic when it comes time for bed. Don’t skimp on quality: the softer the sheets and pajamas, the better. Cotton is your friend. Synthetics? Not so much.

8. EXFOLIATE GENTLY

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Dry patches of skin are a regular occurrence for most people in the winter months, with no amount of makeup helping fix the problem. By exfoliating your skin, you clear the dead cells off and make room for new growth. Just a little extra time in the mirror can make all the difference.

9. FINGER TIPS

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With skin on the hand both thinner and boasting fewer oil glands, keeping your digits moist and avoiding cracked skin and itchiness is an ongoing battle. Wearing cotton gloves helps, but be sure to avoid any potentially blood-constricting jewelry too. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference that makes!

10. DON’T FORGET YOUR LIPS  

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Keeping your skin looking radiant during those winter months could be for nothing if you fail to prevent the ravishing effects of cold weather on your lips. A good lip balm is a necessity, while you can also rid yourself of dead or flaky skin with a lip scrub made of balm and sugar.

11. REGULAR EXERCISE 

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Though it’s the last thing you want to do when it’s cold out, regular exercise like jogging and gym work can actually play a big part in keeping your skin looking fresh. With the heart pumping more blood around the body and improving circulation, you’ll look super radiant.

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