Dry Skin Blues? 5 Tips to Transition Your Skincare Routine to Winter

Think of your skincare routine like your wardrobe — if you wouldn’t wear shorts + a tank in the winter, then your summer skincare routine probably isn’t cutting it with the dryness + cold of winter either! The skin is the largest organ of the body [yes, it’s considered an organ!], so it deserves to be well-taken care of. Now, we’re not going to suggest a complete *overhaul* of your current routine, so don’t throw out all of your current products just yet! Transitioning your skincare routine for the seasons can be simple + it doesn’t have to change overnight — we actually recommend that it doesn’t!  Try implementing one or two of these simple steps + watch your dry skin blues disappear —

#1] Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin to prevent pores from clogging. It’s also a great way to remove dry, winter skin + reveal your naturally glowing complexion!  After cleansing, massage a gentle scrub [we love Cocokind’s Sea Moss Exfoliator or Mario Badescu’s Almond + Honey Face Scrub] in circular motions around your face for about 30-60 seconds then rinse! Repeat this about 2-3 times a week.

#2] Moisturize like it’s your JOB.

Some people skip moisturizing all together, but especially in the wintertime, we recommend moisturizing 2+ times a day!  It may even be a good idea to switch your nighttime moisturizer for something a little heavier [think creams or oils] to let your skin replenish overnight.  One of my favorite things to do is to add a little bit of coconut oil [or jojoba oil!] in with my regular moisturizer.  Aloe Vera is another natural [+ cheap!] way to hydrate your skin — you could even grow your own Aloe plant!  There are some great moisturizers to choose from in this list from other CHAARG girls!

#3] Hydrate + eat nourishing foods.

What we put into our bodies affects every part of our wellbeing — even our skin.  We know that one of the last things you probably want to do is drink ice cold water when it’s freezing outside, but it’s so important to keeping your skin fresh + hydrated — ry hot water with lemon the next time you need to refresh.   Certain foods can also up moisture levels — try adding some of these foods into your daily diet to keep your skin glowing all winter long!

#4] Incorporate a hydrating mask you love.

Face masks are a great #selfcare tool to wind down after a busy day + they’re also a great tool to incorporate into your weekly routine to keep dryness at bay! Personally, I do a face mask every Sunday night to settle down before the week begins + get my skin glowing for the week.  Any mask that’s full of antioxidants + hyaluronic acid is great for a hydration boost or DIY options can make for a fun girls’ night!  Find the perfect mask for your skin type here ; )

#5] Ditch your regular chapstick for something a little more heavy-duty!

Chapped lips are one of the WORST things to come with winter, + you might be finding that your regular chapstick just isn’t cutting it. Cortibalm is what I used through TWO rounds of Accutane + now all winter long ++ it is life changing.  It contains 1% hydrocortisone [which reduces inflammation], petroleum jelly ++ beeswax for hydration.  If you’re looking for a more natural option, Burt’s Bees + Yesto are our next go-tos. We also swear by this Rosebud Salve!

Do you have any other great dry-skin tips + tricks we need to know about?  Let us know in the comments or on Instagram using #inCHAARG!

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