Taking care of your skin is something you should always pay close attention to, but in the winter, it might differ from your natural skin care routine the rest of the year. Here are some tips for natural winter skin care.
The winter weather and climate changes how your skin reacts, often leading to redness, drying, and irritation. Depending on your skin type, this might be anything from rosy red cheeks to extreme dryness and flaking around your nose and chin. I always find I need to adjust my natural skin care for winter because my skin dries out more.
1. Hydrate Your Skin from the Inside Out
If you don’t know already, water is one of the best things you can do for your skin, on the inside and the outside. Before you start adding in more hydration and moisture directly to your skin, you should think about what you can do to get it naturally from the inside. This is when it comes down to drinking more water.
With water, you are able to hydrate your skin cells properly, which not only keeps your skin from getting too dry, but it helps to reduce lines and wrinkles as well. You can also flush out toxins from your body, which also affects your skin, so you have extra bonuses to drinking more water.
Here are some ways to hydrate your skin from the inside out:
Drink More Water
Naturally, the first thing you should do is drink as much water as you can. You can start with a basic minimum of eight glasses of water a day, but keep in mind how much you drink depends on your diet and lifestyle choices.
If you eat a lot of foods with high water content, you might not need to drink as much water. Here are some factors to consider when deciding on how much water you want to drink:
- Your personal thirst level
- Exercising and being physically active
- Your weight and doctor recommendations
At the end of the day, you just want to be hydrated and not thirsty. If you find that you are thirsty, go for a glass of water instead of juice or soft drinks, and you should be able to get enough water each day.
Try Alternative Ways to Consume Water
Drinking enough water isn’t always easy to do, especially when you don’t like plain water. But that’s okay! There are plenty of alternatives available that will allow you to get enough water, which ultimately helps your skin and youthfulness. Here are some alternative ways to get more water into your body:
- Eat foods with a high water content – This is one of the easiest ways to stay hydrated from the inside out, without having to constantly think about drinking water. If you choose foods with a high water content, you will help stay hydrated. This includes foods like lettuce, celery, cucumber, and herbal teas.
- Try adding flavoring to your water – There are quite a few ways to flavor your water in order to make it more interesting. You can add slices of lemon or lemon to flavor it quickly, or use liquid water flavors that don’t add in sugar or calories. It will taste like juice without all the additives.
- Make infused water – You can also get flavor in other ways. If you start preparing pitchers of infused water with fruits, veggies, and herbs, you have additional vitamins and minerals along with water that tastes better. Keep the pitcher in the fridge to have cold water at all times.
Hydrate the Skin Directly
Hydration starts with what you eat and drink, especially with drinking more water, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also hydrate your skin. In addition to using a moisturizer to relieve dry skin, you can hydrate your skin by rinsing with micellar water or even cooled tea, like chamomile or green tea.
Keep Your Diet in Check
The next thing you need to focus on when you are really trying to winter-proof your beauty routine also has to do with what you put into your body. Not just with the water you drink to stay hydrated, but choosing healthy food to provide additional hydration, and foods that will really nourish you from the inside out, which can make a big difference in how healthy your skin appears.
Here are some easy tips to follow when you want your diet to help improve the quality and health of your skin during the winter.
Choose Hydrating Foods
To start with, let’s expand on the foods that have a high water content, and therefore provide more hydration. This doesn’t just include celery and cucumber, though they are definitely on the list. Try to add more of the following hydrating foods to your regular diet:
- Citrus fruit
- Bell peppers
Think of foods with a lot of water, moisture, and juice, and that will help you determine which ones can be the most hydrating for your body, and therefore better for your skin.
Focus on Nutrients from Your Diet
You also should think about healthy foods that provide more nutrients to your body and your skin. A good way to do this is by focusing on a colorful, well-balanced diet. Don’t restrict yourself of entire food groups unless you have a food allergy, such as a sensitivity to gluten or dairy. Otherwise, really get your nutrients from a wide range of foods.
This might include a plate filled with lean protein, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Go for more color, as that helps you to use more veggies and herbs in your cooking, which is always a good thing. Experiment during the winter and try new things. Another way to get more nutrients from your food is to choose from the list of superfoods. Superfoods are foods that are more nutrient-dense, therefore you are
getting a lot more vitamins and minerals just in your diet alone. A healthy diet really does reflect well on your skin.
Add in Foods That Are Good for Your Skin
There are some foods that are not just high in nutrients and good for a well-balanced diet, but they are good for your skin specifically. Some of these foods are also hydrating, so there is an extra bonus. If you want to follow a diet that helps you improve your skin naturally, here are some to choose from:
- Fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel
- Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
- Sunflower seeds – raw or cooked
- Bell peppers- all colors
- Sweet potatoes
Don’t Forget the Exercise
While this is not necessarily related to your diet, it is good to include in this section since it relates to how you should develop a healthier lifestyle. This will really help your skin a lot as exercise can boost circulation and will also give you more opportunities to hydrate even more. Getting your body moving helps your skin and overall beauty more than you might think.
3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Once you have covered healing your skin from the inside out, it is time to add hydration and moisture on the outside of your skin. Not only should you be using a traditional lotion and Soothing Homemade Moisturizer on your face and body twice a day, but you can also get even more moisture naturally. Here are some of the top ways to get natural moisture for your skin during the winter.
People are often surprised when they learn that honey is good for their skin. The sticky, rich substance might seem more like a sweet treat you consume, but it actually has many health benefits. In addition to helping reduce inflammation in the body and providing you with more antioxidants, honey is also great for your skin. It can help with irritation, calming sores on the skin, reducing blemishes, and helping fight wrinkles and fine lines related to aging.
Another bonus? It is a wonderful way to moisturize your skin. You can use honey in a number of ways to moisturize, from creating your own masks with honey, to using it as an ingredient in a DIY face scrub. The simplest way to use honey on your skin is to mix it with some water, mixing it well until it turns into a paste. You can then apply this all over your face, watching out for your eyes, and let it sit like a mask. You would then wipe it off with a damp washcloth.
There are many oils that are good for your skin, so try not to shy away from them. Having oily skin is not something anybody wants, but these oils actually help your skin, especially when you need a little extra moisture to help with the dry air caused by the cold winter season.
Here are some oils that are good for moisturizing your skin naturally:
- Olive oil – Olive oil is great for your skin as it provide antioxidants and can really get into the layers of skin to provide a softness that doesn’t make your skin oily. You should use extra virgin olive oil as it is lighter. This is also going to create an extra barrier of protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.Most oils have multiple ways to use them for your skin. You can apply them directly, turn into a scrub, or make your own mask, similar to honey. Just remember these oils should be rinsed off in most cases.
For your body, olive oil and other oils mentioned in this section can also be added to
your bath, without needing to rinse your body after you get out of the bath.
- Coconut oil – It should come as no surprise that coconut oil is on the list. Many people are discovering the long list of benefits of coconut oil for beauty, including for your hair and your skin. When using it on your skin, make sure you are getting the right variety. You want extra virgin, organic coconut oil that is unrefined. This means it has not been overly processed and doesn’t have any added ingredients.
- Castor oil – Lastly, you can use castor oil. This is a bit unconventional, but for intensely dry skin, it is a definite possibility. Instead of using it as a scrub or soaking in the oil, castor oil is better to use in smaller quantities. Try adding just a few drops to your skin at night, focusing only on the dry areas, and letting it soak into your skin.
Moving on from the oils, you can also use aloe to help moisturize your skin. Just like other natural remedies, try to go directly to the source. Avoid the store-bought aloe vera gel as this often includes additional ingredients. Instead, get an aloe vera tree, remove a leaf, and cut it open. This will reveal a green gel that can be applied directly to your skin. It provides moisture, relieves sunburns, and heals many different skin conditions.
If you insist on using a store-bought bottle of aloe vera, look closely at the ingredients
and make sure it isn’t loaded with ingredients you don’t recognize.
There are also many foods you have in your kitchen that can help with itchy and dry skin. Of course, you always want to take food allergies into consideration. If you have a sensitivity to avocados when you eat them, chances are your skin won’t like it much either. However, if you can, use some mashed avocado on your skin. It gives it a nice lubrication and extra moisture thanks to the healthy fats in avocado. You also get nutrients like vitamin E, A, and D with this option. You can use the actual mashed avocado, or just the inner peel after you have eaten an avocado.
The last natural moisturizer to consider for your skin during the winter is shea butter. This is found in many drugstore and high-end moisturizers, lotions, and body butters. It is thicker than regular lotion, so it really gives you a nice way to soften your skin and pamper yourself. You can also make your own moisturizers at home with shea butter, oil, essential oils, and a variety of other natural ingredients.
4. DIY Masks for Your Skin
Now that you know some of the top ingredients used to help moisturize your face, you
can put them to good use. As mentioned in the previous section, there are a lot of
options for how you choose to use these ingredients. You can use them on their own
before rinsing off, or you can turn them into a DIY product. When it comes to products
you can make at home, masks really are the way to go.
DIY masks for your skin are easy to make, and most of them use items already found in
your kitchen. This winter season, try some of these easy and healthy DIY masks for
5. Let Honey Hydrate Your Skin
While it has been mentioned already, you should really understand the benefits of using honey on your skin. This can be your go-to product to moisturize your skin during the winter, but it also helps you year-round. Here are some excellent benefits of honey for your skin, from hydrating to reducing acne:
Soften Your Skin Naturally
Honey is an excellent way to get more moisture into your skin completely naturally. Get a type of raw honey, preferably local, to get the most natural and organic product available. You don’t want to use bottled honey you get in your grocery store, since it might be filled with extra preservatives and sugar.
Get Antioxidants for Anti-Aging
Honey is also filled with antioxidants, so not only is it a good natural sweetener for foods and drinks, but it provides these antioxidants for your skin as well. This can help slow down the aging process, helping you to hold onto your youthful appearance for much longer.
Reduce Blemishes and Breakouts
Who doesn’t want a clearer complexion? Honey is great at moisturizing your skin in the winter, but it also has natural antibacterial properties, helping to clear up your breakouts. When you use honey on a regular basis, it can also prevent how much acne you get.
Have Glowing Skin in the Dry Winter Air
Winter is synonymous with causing dry and cracked skin, but when you use honey, you provide an additional layer of protection. It helps to lock in moisture of your skin, and can even help your skin glow.
As you can see, honey is wonderful for your skin, which is why it is so highly recommended.
6. Try Gentle Exfoliation
The next step in caring for your skin and really winter-proofing your beauty routine is to add in a little exfoliation. However, your skin might already be a little sensitive from being dry and perhaps wind-burned if you were outdoors with the cold, brisk winds, so you should stick to gentler exfoliation. This might not be the time of year for a heavy exfoliating product that may irritate and burn your skin even more.
Before talking about exfoliation, you should be aware of any skin conditions you have, whether acute or chronic. If you have cystic acne with open cysts, exfoliation might cause more harm than good. It is also not recommended for people with rosacea, as it can irritate the blood vessels in your face and make the redness and pimples even worse. It is a good idea to run this by your dermatologist before doing any type of exfoliating.
Benefits of Exfoliation
Exfoliation is the process of using something abrasive to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Even if it looks smooth, you probably have some dead skin on the surface, which may get moved around and lead to clumping when you add moisturizer or makeup. The dead skin cells can also clog your pores, leading to inflammation and breakouts.
Exfoliation uses abrasive ingredients that help to scrub away those dead skin cells and other impurities, to leave your skin clean and fresh. In the winter, this helps by reducing drying and allowing your moisture layers to really stick to your skin.
What to Exfoliate With
In the winter, your skin may be dry and irritated, so you should stick to the gentler exfoliating products. For something natural, think about using a sugar scrub. The sugar is typically lighter and less abrasive than salt scrubs, so they are ideal for the sensitive skin on your face and lips. Go all-natural by making your own scrub to exfoliate with, such as the recipes previously mentioned. Typically, you can combine sugar with a type of natural oil, and have a good natural exfoliating scrub.
As for frequency, try not to exfoliate every day, unless it is part of your daily cleanser. Instead, start with once a week, then decide if your skin needs it more often.
7. Makeup Tips for Cold, Winter Air
The last thing we want to talk to you about is wearing makeup in the winter. There is nothing wrong with continuing to use cosmetics during this time of year, but you might want to make a few adjustments. This is just to help with how your skin might be changing in the winter. This might not apply to you if you live in a mild climate and your skin has not gone through any drastic changes so far.
Use a Moisturizer with SPF
To start with, moisturizer should be a part of your daily makeup routine. While you should wear a moisturizer underneath your makeup year-round, it is even more important in the winter. After washing your face and letting it dry, apply a moisturizer that has SPF in it. This allows you to skip the sunscreen step unless you have extremely fair skin and need the added protection. As always, get a moisturizer for your skin type.
Wear Primer Underneath Your Foundation
The step after your moisturizer will be to use a primer. This can be done before or after you apply your concealer if you choose to use it for blemishes and other skin imperfections. The primer isn’t necessarily mandatory, but it can help in a number of ways. First of all, it provides your skin with another layer of protected from the cold and dry winds, so that you can hold onto more of your skin’s natural moisture.
It also helps your foundation to glide on more smoothly, which gives you a more flawless finish, even if you are using a lightweight foundation.
Skip the Powdered Products
Since the winter climate can cause a lot of extra dryness to your skin, you don’t want to make it worse by using powder. Try to skip over the main powdered cosmetics you would typically use, which include:
- Setting powder
- Powder blush
- Powder highlighter
Try a Liquid Highlighter
Most of the powdered cosmetics come in a liquid form, including your highlighter. Your cheeks probably experience quite a bit of dryness, so you don’t want to make it worse with a powdered highlighter. Instead, get a natural glow with a liquid highlighter instead. You can also find cream blushes or even use a little lipstick as your blush as long as it is blended very well.
Make Use of Beauty Blenders and Sponges
Lastly, the application of your makeup will also change a little in the winter. Once again, you are working with dry skin, so keep that in mind. You don’t want to use your hands or a brush to rub foundation over your skin, as that can move around any flakes you have from the dryness. This creates clumps and makes your skin look even drier.
Instead, try using a sponge or Beauty Blender. These foam sponges are run under water, then wrung out. The moisture helps your foundation to go on smoothly in a patting motion instead of rubbing it around. This helps get the coverage you want without creating a problem with your dry skin.
As you can see, it is easy to take good care of your skin with just a few adjustments to your typical beauty routine.
In the winter, just remember the following points:
- You need to add in more moisture and hydration
- You should use as many natural products as possible
- Oil and honey are your friends
- Exfoliation is okay, as long as you are gentle
- Your skin type makes a big difference in your winter beauty routine
If you keep these points in your mind, you will have beautiful, glowing skin all winter long.