Wintertime, a time of fuzzy coats, fireside relaxing, holiday cheer, and more skin concerns. Just as your wardrobe changes to adjust for colder weather, so should your skincare routine. Changing humidity levels with rain, wind, and snow; and more time spent indoors with the comfort but strong heater air can cause your skin to demand different requirements. We’ve gathered 5 of the most essential steps to transition your skincare routine to winter needs.
What happens to your skin in winter?
Red faces, peeling lips, cracked hands, all things that can become common to you in the winter months. With the humidity levels fluctuating and the constant change from the outdoor cold to the warm indoors, your skin’s water retention levels are lower. This can cause your skin to become more easily dehydrated and with a dull, dry appearance. The dehydration your skin goes through can cause it to be irritated, red, and inflamed, causing itchiness and rashes in some cases. Those who suffer from skin conditions like eczema can find their eczema to flare up more severely. With so many changes occurring during these colder months, there can be an assortment of reasons for your skin suffering.
5 Essential Steps to Transition into Winter Skincare
1. Swap to a more mild cleanser
With less moisture in the air comes less of a need to control the oils our skin is producing. The need for extremely foamy lathers that strips the oils from our skin is no longer necessary. Instead, you should try and find a creamy, gentle cleanser that won’t be harsh on your skin and will replace all the oils that are lost in the low humidity and arid conditions.
The Camel Milk Face & Body Soap is a lush soap that is delicate on your skin and filled with natural oils and butter to hydrate while cleansing your skin. Variety of fatty acids present in the Camel Milk, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, and Olive Oil are able to strengthen the barrier of your skin and allow it to effectively keep water and hydration in, and keep irritants out. The soap also contains glycerin which is very therapeutic for dry skin and other skin conditions such as eczema, giving an extra bit of help for hydration during these harsh months.
2. Use a richer and thicker moisturizer
Being made up of typically majority water, body lotion is used during warmer months when you don’t suffer from overly dry skin. Look for a body cream that has a rich and thick consistency. Body butters are especially useful during cold weather where the skin is more prone to drying and flaking because they can create a barrier to lock the moisture into your skin.
The Camel Milk Body Butter is made up largely of Camel Milk, giving it an ultra-thick and creamy consistency. Shea butter in this body butter can incorporate ceramides into your skin which will help your skin hold onto moisture, leaving it hydrated for longer periods of time. Grapeseed Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil are anti-inflammatory and overflowing with vitamins and minerals that will help heal and protect your weaker winter skin.
3. Cut back on Exfoliation
While you may be thinking that you should need to exfoliate more commonly with the growing amount of dead skin in winter, there is actually such a thing as over-exfoliating. Over-exfoliating your skin can cause the protective barrier to weaken and strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to more skin inflammation and flaking. It’s recommended to cut back on how often you exfoliate to 1-2 times a week and try to find a gentle exfoliant without harsh physical particles.
For the perfect winter exfoliant, try the Camel Milk Exfoliating Shower Cream. Since it has a cream texture, this exfoliant nourishes your skin while unclogging your pores, keeping your skin looking vibrant and glowy. The tiny crushed almond shells and apricot seeds work lightly on your skin and remove any impurities while maintaining the skin’s protective strength and moisture barrier. Green Tea and Calendula oil speed up the healing process, softening cracked skin and leaving a smooth feel.
4. Stack on the skincare
Clothes are not the only thing you should be layering with cold weather. With more moisture leaving your skin, it’s important to trap in the moisture with layers of moisturizers. This is especially important for areas that are already susceptible to being overly dry, such as hands, feet, elbows, and knees.
Layering can be made easy if you start with a base moisturizer like the Camel Milk Body Butter. The rich consistency and tons of natural oils will create a hydrated layer on your skin that can easily be layered on. If you suffer from dry hands, layer up with the Camel Milk Hand Cream after applying the butter. The hand cream has a high concentration of vitamins A, B, C & D which have repairing properties, supporting natural skin rejuvenation. If you find your feet to suffer from dryness during winter after being crammed in thick socks and heavy foots, layer with the Camel Milk Foot Cream. With Calendula Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Aloe Vera, the skin is soothed and promotes healing for quick recovery from cracked feet.
5. Don’t turn the water temperature up
Nothing sounds better than a long warm shower after a day out in the cold. But you really shouldn’t be turning the temperature up or spending more time under the running water. Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it weaker and more susceptible to dryness and damage.
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