If you’re anything like me, winter does a number on your complexion – leaving it ruddy, dull and flaky. A little switching up in your skincare regimen is typically enough to get my skin back to its summertime condition. Using a facial self-tanner and a bronzing product will also do wonders in giving you a glow through spring. New York dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe offers six tips for keeping your skin in top shape after the temperature drops.
1. Give your lips attention during the winter months to keep them kissable! Remember, preventing dry lips is much easier than repairing them once they’ve become painful and started peeling. Now that the weather is cold, start using a hydrating lip balm. Bowe recommends Neutrogena Naturals because it’s packed with soothing ingredients including cocoa seed, olive oil and Shea tree butter.
2. Don’t skip the sunscreen. It’s a common misconception that because it’s cold outside the sun’s rays are less harmful during wintertime. This is a myth. The sun’s rays can be particularly brutal when they are reflected off the winter snow! For time-saving in your a.m. routine, use a moisturizer with a sunscreen. Dr. Bowe says Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer is among her favorites because it is light enough to wear under makeup.
3. Whenever possible, limit your showers to once daily, and aim to keep them less than five minutes long. Keep your temperature tepid: Lukewarm water is preferred over scalding hot, so resist the temptation to turn up the heat in your bath when it’s cold at home. Within five minutes of getting out of your shower or bath, apply a moisturizer all over your body, ideally while the skin is still damp. Bowe’s pick is Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea and Cocoa Butter Lotion.
4. Trade your harsh skin cleanser for a gentler one that’s not as drying. The trick is to strike a balance between a product that’s strong enough to remove makeup, but gentle enough to keep the skin healthy and hydrated. “Of all the cleansers I’ve tried over the years, my go-to cleanser when my skin is feeling sensitive or dry is Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser,” she says.
5. If you are using a prescription retinoid product as part of your skincare regimen, you may find it beneficial to swap it out for a gentler, over-the-counter retinol during the wintertime. “Retinol works very similarly to its prescription counterparts by improving the appearance of fine lines and dull texture, only it is less drying,” she says. Bowe recommends RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.
6. All the holiday celebrations can begin to catch up with our complexions in the New Year. To radiate beauty from the inside out, try incorporating healthy fats into your diet like avocado, salmon and walnuts. When eaten regularly, omega threes can improve your skin’s appearance.