Have you ever wondered if your beauty routine should change with the seasons? We change our nail polish hues, the colors we wear, the foods we cook, all based on the seasons. Our skincare routine shouldn’t be any different! Winter temperatures and the constant change from outside elements to indoor heating can leave our skin feeling dull and dry.
I’ve shared how important exfoliation can be, specifically alpha hydroxy acids, in our skin care products. They’re essential not just for the health of our face, but for our whole body. Neglecting the skin on our body can lead to dry patches and oftentimes bumps on the back of our arms and legs that sometimes can be referred to as ‘chicken skin.’ I’ve put together a morning routine for fall/winter to treat our body’s skin using both homemade tutorials and store bought products.
1. Start the day with a glass of water
Moisturizing from the inside out is especially important part of your beauty routine for winter. Starting the day with a tall glass of lukewarm water (we’re big fans of infused water) will not only hydrate but also flush out toxins and give you an energy boost.
2. Wake up with exercise and an ‘instant facial’ instead of coffee
Coffee is a diuretic so relying on it for energy can dehydrate and age skin. A natural way to get the blood moving in the morning is with gentle exercise, like yoga or a short walk. Combine it with dunking your face in cold water and you’ll instantly feel awake and energized – not to mention getting brighter, tighter skin!
3. Switch to a Gentle Cleanser
A homemade body wash is easy to make and won’t dry your skin like most soaps on the market. And a bonus is you can tailor it to your favorite scent by changing the essential oils you use. For your face, a daily cleanser will gently exfoliate without drying out skin.
4. Yes, you still need to exfoliate
A good scrub can do wonders for increasing the penetration of body lotions. This clove and sugar body scrub exfoliates the outer dry skin cells and preps skin for the next and most crucial step of moisturizing.
5. Use a richer moisturizer
You can make your own super rich body butter for winter, but we know not everyone wants to DIY. So when purchasing a store bought product be sure to check that it’s fragrance free because artificial fragrances may be irritating to your skin. This AmLactin Hydrating Body Cream is not only fragrance free, but also has alpha hydroxy acids in it, which will continue to encourage cell renewal while at the same time offering relief from dry skin.
Moisturizers are best applied to wet (think pat towel dry, not dripping wet skin). If you use this body lotion, you may notice stinging if you’ve recently shaved your legs, that’s because the alpha hydroxy acids are doing their job. Don’t be alarmed, just be aware.
6. Don’t forget to protect
The sun is still out in winter! So you should always apply a sunscreen after a body moisturizer to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. This SPF body oil can provide protection between SPF 8 and SPF 40 depending on the type of oil you use and provides extra moisture to shield skin in winter.
7. Eat beauty foods for breakfast
Pick a healthy breakfast that delivers a dose of winter beauty foods. Try apple oatmeal, a pumpkin smoothie or a cranberry quinoa granola. And don’t forget, there’s nothing wrong with eating pudding for breakfast!
These morning steps can help combat the winter effects of dry skin by using alpha hydroxy therapy and hydrating our body. Do you have any favorite products that make an appearance during the winter season?7