How To Prepare Your Skin For Winter

Posted by Joy Kakabeeke on

Dry skin is the first mark of true winter weather for me. Every year, it seems like I forget to prepare for the impact the cold weather will have on my skin! As we know, with the cold wind comes dry skin. That’s why Clean Beauty by Joy is providing you with some tips on how to keep your skin hydrated and protected this winter. 

Avoid strong chemicals that are drying to the skin 

When cleansing your skin, avoid drying chemicals such as sulfates, fragrances, and alcohol. 

Not only are these chemicals toxic, but they act as skin irritants and can cause dry, flaky skin. Mix these in with the cold weather and you’re sure to suffer from dry skin, regardless of how much moisturizer you apply. 

Instead, look for organic, hydrating products and ensure there are no Parabens, Sulfates, Alcohol or Fragrances. I stick with non-toxic products because it ensures that I avoid any drying ingredients that are commonly used in body and face washes. 

Drink a lot of water

Just like our inner body needs us to stay hydrated, so does our outer! Drinking lots of water keeps your skin hydrated and improves the skin’s elasticity. In the winter, we tend to consume more alcohol, caffeine and sugars- all of which dehydrate our skin! Make sure to be intentional about water consumption. 

Hydrate Lips 

One thing I like to do after brushing my teeth in the morning is apply lip balm! That way, it can settle into my lips before I put on any lip color. It’s also a great routine! My lips will become cracked and chapped quickly if I don’t make this a regular ritual. 

Remember to avoid lip balms containing toxic ingredients, like Parabens, Petroleum, and Fragrances to name a few!

Apply oil to the skin 

Facial oils are essential to prepping your skin for winter. Word on the street says you should avoid applying oil to the skin, especially if you have oily skin. However, this is untrue. Most moisturizers contain water and since water attracts water, moisturizers are easily absorbed in the skin. This leaves skin feeling dry shortly after applying lotion.

While there are benefits to this absorption, there is a need to apply oil after applying moisturizer. Since oil and water don’t mix, a facial oil doesn't attract the water already in your skin and instead adds a hydrating layer of protection. Oil locks in hydration which leaves you with a dewy glow even in the winter! Oil types that are good for hydration on the face include: Jojoba oil, Coconut oil and Argan oil. 

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Use primer before applying foundation 

Using a primer before applying foundation can also help keep your skin supple and hydrated!  Specifically one that contains hydrating ingredients such as Aloe. Aloe’s properties help protect the skin (including from weather). If you’d like to skip out on the oil for now and still have the hydration benefits, Clean Beauty by Joy’s Pro Prep Face Primer contains both Aloe and Jojoba oil! 

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Use foundation with hydrating ingredients 

Foundation holds the same rule of thumb as skin cleansers and moisturizers in terms of ingredients. It is best to avoid drying ingredients such as Alcohol and Parabens. Stick to a non-toxic product that contains hydrating ingredients like Aloe! 

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I hope you found these tips helpful! Give us a comment below!


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