During the winter months, the elements can put your skin through a beating. Dry, itchy, patchy and red. Not to mention the breakouts from all the holiday food. Starting the New Year with a great skin care regime can last through to summer.
Let’s take a moment to remember summer. Ahhh.
Here are some tips to get your skin care on the right track for the new year.
1) I can’t say this one enough, “Drink more water”.
Drink for your health, not your skin. Your healthy skin will just be a bonus. Hydrating your skin from the inside is crucial. Your skin is one of the first tells when you are dehydrated. If you can get a handle on your water intake, you’re setting the tone for amazing skin.
2) Slather on your sunscreen.
It’s a misconception that we should only use sunscreen in the summer months, but in fact should use all year. If you don’t like sunscreen, coconut oil provides a small amount of UV protection and it will also do wonders for your skin. PRO TIP: Use at night before bed. Splash your face with warm water and then slather it on.
3) Avoid using harsh facial masks, alcohol toners and harsh scrubs.
Your skin is very vulnerable during the winter months and your skin care regime doesn’t need to be so rigorous. A simple non-alcohol cleansing routine and great moisturizer will get you by quite nicely.
4) Avoid hot showers and hot baths.
I know that sounds silly when that’s all we want to do after a cold day on the mountain or outside, but the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture.
Over the holidays we like to indulge, and now the new year is a way for us to wash the slate clean and start anew. Diet plays a huge roll in our skin and it’s generally a tell tale for what we are consuming too much of or what we are lacking in our diets. This really only applies to over indulging over the holidays.
Here is a short list of some well known foods associated with acne:
If you can, go get yourself a winter facial from your favourite spa/salon. There’s really nothing like getting pampered and coming out with amazing skin. Treat yourself and your skin this new year. Some self care and pampering is needed once in awhile.
My favourite facial in the Sea to Sky corridor lately, has been at Avello Spa in Whistler, BC.
If you are in Squamish or heading to Whistler anytime, check them out. (I am not professionally affiliated with them; I just really love their facials)