Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Cold Weather

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If you live somewhere that gets cold around this time of year, or you are going on a winter vacation to somewhere suitably snowy, it is important to remember that each season brings with it some different beauty challenges.

Your skin needs some extra care in the winter months to help combat the effects of the wind, central heating, and the fact we tend to undergo lots of extreme temperature changes going in and out when the weather is cold. Here are some tips to help your skin stay comfortable and beautiful in colder climes:

Moisturize Generously!

Moisturizing is more essential than ever when the weather is cold, because your skin’s natural moisture is constantly being stripped either by the wind outside or the artificial heat inside. Even if your skin is naturally oily, you still need to consider moisturizing, but stick to oily skin products that can offer the lighter moisturization you need. You’ll also need to take extra care of your lips, using protective balms to help prevent chapping and soreness and keep your lips soft and beautiful.

Remember that if you’re going outside, even in winter, you should be using products that contain an SPF. Protecting your face from the sun’s rays can help you to slow down the effects of ageing. If you are going to be out in strong sunlight, such as if you’re going to do snow sports, you’ll need a stronger sunscreen to avoid burning.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation will stop your skin looking dull. It removes your dead skin cells and boosts circulation to the upper layers of the skin, making it look fresher and more alive. Use a gentle exfoliator, however, because your skin may be more delicate as a result of the winter, making the upper layers less nourished and lower on natural moisture than usual. Don’t scrub skin aggressively, but use a kind, gentle exfoliator to buff off old skin and massage the skin underneath.

Don’t Neglect Your Body!

A lot of women end up doing less to take care of the skin on their legs, arms and bodies in the winter, because these parts of them are rarely on show. While you may not want to spend quite as much effort on things like hair removal and fake tan as you might do when everybody can see your legs, it is important to still take good care of your skin with things like conditioning lotions and exfoliating scrubs. This way, you won’t end up with dull, dry skin that can feel uncomfortable, and also, you won’t have to spend all day getting your skin to look radiant again to wear your strapless party dress on New Year’s Eve! It may be the season for leggings and pants, but don’t treat your body from the neck down as if it’s invisible until spring arrives!

Take extra care of your skin in winter and you’ll look and feel better and more comfortable throughout the winter season, or your trip to a wintry region!

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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