As the days get shorter, as the temperature slowly drops, and as the first snowfall makes its way along with the first teardrops as we stare at our final grades, we realize our mistakes. Let’s not allow our skincare routine to be apart of those many mistakes we are currently making. Although with tender love and care, our skin will be thanking us and glowing once May comes around and we are then crying tears of joy for the end of the semester. To avoid any more stress, here are 10 winter skin care mistakes you are probably already making and how to dodge them.
Not Being Sufficiently Hydrated
Drink tons of water and use a hydrating mask while you sleep which will penetrate your skin and gently remove dry skin cells from the surface of the skin by the next morning.
Applying Foundation to An Already Flaky Surface
During the cold winter days that we sadly must face, our skin almost always tends to dry out and then inevitably become flaky. When it starts to become flaky, the best advice is to quickly apply moisturizer or face lotion and especially before applying any product to your skin. When you apply makeup to an already flaky surface, your face will look worn out and cracked. Unquestionably one of the biggest no-no’s for winter makeup and skincare.
Forgetting To Exfoliate
Don’t forget to exfoliate, even during the winter to slough off the dead cells from the weather. There are many products that have been engineered to be less irritating and have softer mechanical exfoliators. Polyhydroxy acids, lactic acid, glycolic acid and citric acid are best for sensitive skin.
Enjoying Your Boiling Hot Shower For Far Too Long
Yes, I know. I am currently advising you not to do one of possibly the best parts about winter time besides sitting near the radiator in your bathroom with just your towel and iPhone. When you sit and enjoy your boiling hot shower far longer than necessary, it can cause some serious damage to your already sensitive skin. During this time of year, there’s such an intense lack of moisture in the air and lingering in a steaming hot shower can jeopardize your skin’s lipid layer, which clasps on to the much needed moisture. So, during your precious shower time you must decide, what is more important? Your beautiful, healthy moisturized skin or that miraculous shower that you never want to turn off before your feet hit the cold bathroom floor (probably, almost always, the shower).
Not Protecting Your Eyes
Don’t forget to wear sunglasses when outdoors to protect eyes from squinting in the sunlight and therefore causing wrinkles. Winter sunlight can be just as damaging as the sun during the warmer, summer months.
Drinking Coffee In Excess
Yes, I am telling you this as I write this after inhaling three french vanilla coffees, and walking to class everyday with my thermos in hand. Sadly though, this is true. Drinking coffee or any caffeinated beverage in large amounts daily can cause your skin to dehydrate and keeping your skin hydrated is so critical during the coldest time of year. Try cutting back on your caffeine intake and attempt to replace it with a decaf beverage.
Using Toners With Alcohol
They just dry out the skin further by stripping the skin’s natural moisturizing lipids and proteins.
Thinking You Can End Your Day Without Chapstick
I cannot stress anymore how chapped your lips and skin get by the end of a Winter day and chapstick or lip balm, I promise you, will be your knight in shining armor. It will relieve your lips after a long day and keep them nourished throughout a good night’s sleep.
Using Sandpaper As Tissues
Wintertime means beautiful snowfall, hearing children’s laughter throughout your neighborhood as they build snowmen, and oh yeah, runny noses and hacking up a storm. If and when you get sick this season, it’s very important to use soft tissues on your nose and not the rough, cheap kind. I know it sounds silly but your skin is sensitive during this time and this leads to the skin around your nose to peel, leaving a burning sensation. Do yourself the favor and just spend the two extra dollars to save your skin!
Waiting Until the Last Minute to Care
We all know that feeling of getting a random itchy spot somewhere on our bodies during the cold weather, typically our arms or legs. Once your skin gets extremely dry, it starts to itch like crazy and then it’s like the devil decided to take a visit onto your body. Be sure to start your regime early to avoid this atrocity, lots of lotion all around!