Plummeting temperatures and whipping winds are here for much of the country, and no matter where you live, cooler and drier winter air can really wreak havoc on your skin. When humidity is lower and indoor heat is on full blast, your skin gets stripped of the moisture it needs, causing dryness and dullness.
Your lightweight moisturizers and oil-free cleansers work well in summer, but winter months call for a refresh if you want to maintain a glowing, youthful complexion. Whatever elements you’re facing, now is a good time to re-examine your skincare shelf and update daily habits.
Check out these tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing on a budget all winter long, including suggestions from board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sabrina Fabi.
1. Find a glow serum at the drugstore. Sometimes a moisturizer is just not enough. “When your complexion is dulling, adding a lightweight serum with vitamin C to your routine can give skin the boost it needs to rebuild glow and instantly look more luminous,” says Fabi.
RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Daily Serum is a new option. “What I like about this serum is the potency of the vitamin C. It has a 10% Active Vitamin C + Peptide blend and it works fast, delivering both instant results and longer-term benefits after four weeks of using it,” Fabi adds.
2. Hydrate from within. It’s not just about products you put on your skin. Dewy skin starts from within — after all, your skin contains 64% water. Drinking plenty of water helps minimize dry skin that becomes more noticeable when it gets cold outside.
As a rule of thumb, you should drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. To make your fluid intake more enjoyable, try adding sliced fruit to your iced water, or having a mug of hot tea when you’re feeling chilled.
3. Cleanse, don’t strip. After a cold or long day, you might be tempted to hop into a long, hot shower. It’ll warm you up, but it won’t do your skin any favors. “Hot water breaks down barriers in your skin and takes away moisture,” says Fabi. Aim to get in and out of the shower as fast as you can, using lukewarm water. Skip the soap or try a gentle cleanser. As soon as you’re done, pat dry and apply a moisturizing cream immediately to prevent your skin from itching and flaking. If you’re still feeling dry, consider investing in a humidifier to add moisture to your home’s air.
4. Moisturize and protect. Moisturizing your skin starts with finding the right product. Swap your summer formula for a thicker, more hydrating consistency. There’s no need to spend money on several expensive products. Look for an all-in-one formula with ingredients like hyaluronic acid to draw water into the skin, and glycerin or dimethicone to help retain moisture and protect it from the elements.
5. Gently exfoliate. In between all that moisturizing, gentle exfoliation is also crucial to getting your glow. Buff away flaky dead skin cells so new ones have a chance to shine.