Winter Skin Care Tips: Take Care of Your Skin Naturally

Winter time is harsh on your skin! With low indoor humidity and  harsh outdoor conditions, it is hard to keep your skin from being dry, irritated, and dull. These are the best winter skin care tips for keeping your skin glowing in the winter, naturally.

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Winter Skin Care Tips: 

1. Use warm, not hot water on your skin

Hot water can cause topical irritation and strip the natural oils and moisture from your skin. By lowering the temperature of the water, you will be treating your skin more gently. 

This helps the natural oils in your skin to remain and provide a natural barrier from water loss, making your skin more naturally moisturized!

Think about this: You wash your greasy dishes with hot water to help dissolve the oil with soap, but you will not want to do this with your own skin! You want to cleanse your skin, not strip the oils from it. 

 

2. Humidify the air

Dry air causes excessive evaporation and water loss from the skin, drying it out and making it more prone to irritation.  Making sure the air in your home isn’t too dry can help with this. 

According to the Mayo clinic, the recommended humidity is between 30-50%. (5) I recommend investing in a hygrometer because you can monitor this easily, and prevent the humidity from dropping too low. (We have a forced-air heating system in our home, which majorly dries out the air.) 

The best humidifier I have used yet is one that never needs to be cleaned! (All the other humidifier’s I’ve ever tried require a lot of maintenance.) And that’s a win for mom. 

Look for other tips on how to keep your house humidified naturally in my upcoming post! 

3. Use mild soaps and cleansers on your skin

Avoid using harsh chemical-laden soaps, especially with fragrance added, (which is made with unknown chemicals). I usually use Castille Soap or this body wash, which are both environmentally friendly. 

*Note: Castille Soap is very concentrated, so I only use a small squirt, and mix it with a little water in my hands.

My favorite way to cleanse my face is using oil! Read my post about jojoba oil to see how I do this: Benefits of Jojoba Oil for Skin and Hair>>

It is also important to avoid antibacterial soaps because it is not more effective than using regular soap, it is bad for the environment, and can increase antibiotic resistance. (3) Don’t use it!

 

 

4. Exfoliate

For glowing skin, remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and make skin look dull, dry, and tired.

For the body, I recommend mechanical exfoliation by using an exfoliating clothexfoliating brushsugar scrub, or salt scrub. Scrub lightly, so as not to cause damage to the skin.

For the face I recommend a soft washcloth or microfiber cloth, a mild cleanser, or face scrub.

I don’t usually recommend chemical exfoliators (lactic acid, glycolic acid, etc.) because they are not safe during pregnancy and they can disrupt your face’s natural biome, disrupt the pH or your skin, as well as cause dry skin, irritation, redness or burning. (1) 

5. Use a toner

 A toner like Witch Hazel is perfect for wiping away dead skin cells, helping to improve the look and feel of skin, making it smooth and moisturized. I like this kind because it is fragrance-free and alcohol-free.

Witch hazel is good for the skin as an anti-inflammatory agent and has skin-soothing properties. (6)

Do a spot test to check for sensitivity. If your skin does well with it, use it once every few days, then increase as needed. For glowing skin, follow with a moisturizer like jojoba oil and your winter skin care routine will be complete!

 

 

 

 6. Get a filter for your shower

Especially during winter, your skin care routine should not be hurting you. Getting an in-line shower filter like this one can reduce the amount of chemical additives in tap water, such as chlorine.  These chemicals can irritate sensitive skin and cause dryness. I know my skin is very sensitive, so taking most of the chlorine out of it by using a filter can make a big difference. 

Note: Chlorine is not “naturally” present in water. It is added in the water treatment process to provide a cost-efficient way to prevent pathogens from growing.  A quote from Science Magazine states “chlorine reacts with natural organic matter to produce a variety of toxic disinfection by-products (DBPs).” (4) So not only is chlorine present itself in your tap water, but it is also creates toxic by-products! 

All this said, it may be beneficial for winter skin care, especially if you have sensitive skin, to get a filter for your shower. 

Side note: If you drink tap water, look into the EWG’s tap water database to see what contaminants are in your water! You will be surprised! 

 

7. Don’t cleanse too often, or take too many showers

Yes, we are back to talking about showers again!  That is because especially in the winter when the weather conditions are harsh, your skin’s natural biome is so important for your skin health. (1)

There was a study done that speculated that excessive washing, especially in infants, can impair the skin barrier and alter skin colonization of microbes. (2) Those little microbes are your friends!

8. Stay bundled

Exposure to extreme cold and wind can cause skin irritation, redness, and chapping. I always make sure to cover my own and my children’s skin with hats, gloves, and extra layers before we head outside.

Any exposed skin that is not covered by clothing, like the skin on the face, can be covered with a layer of moisturizer, or (my preference), with a light layer of body butter or salve. Just like putting chap stick on your lips. 

To see my recipe for 2-ingredient body butter (so simple!), click here>>

Well, those are all my tips for now. I Hope you were able to find some simple, actionable tips that you can use to keep your skin healthy this winter!

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Resources:

(1) Byrd, A. L., Belkaid, Y., & Segre, J. A. (2018). The human skin microbiome. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 16(3), 143.

(2) Prescott, S. L., Larcombe, D. L., Logan, A. C., West, C., Burks, W., Caraballo, L., … & Campbell, D. E. (2017). The skin microbiome: impact of modern environments on skin ecology, barrier integrity, and systemic immune programming. World Allergy Organization Journal, 10(1), 1-16.

(3) https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/antibacterial-soap-you-can-skip-it-use-plain-soap-and-water

(4) Sedlak, D. L., & von Gunten, U. (2011). The chlorine dilemma. Science, 331(6013), 42-43.

(5) https: //www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/humidifiers/art-20048021

(6) Chularojanamontri, L., Tuchinda, P., Kulthanan, K., & Pongparit, K. (2014). Moisturizers for acne: What are their constituents?. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 7(5), 36.

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