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The Best Winter Skin Routine

When it comes to protecting your skin from the elements, there are few things more challenging than finding the perfect winter skin care routine. Living in sub-zero weather and the dry air of a northern climate can wreak havoc on your complexion, leaving you looking dull and chapped. Fortunately, with a little bit of research and a whole lot of patience (we're talking months here), you can lock in moisture and banish wrinkles through the winter months. Here are some tricks and tips for keeping your delicate epidermis supple, even when the rest of the world is outside celebrating Christmas.

Don’t forget the basics

The first step to maintaining a healthy, radiant complexion is to remember how to eat, drink and exercise. We can all agree that taking care of your body is essential for healthy and youthful skin. Fostering good skin health is the only way to prevent skin problems, like acne, and to keep your skin looking its best for years to come. So, not only should you pamper your skin with cleansers, exfoliants and toners, but also stick to a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. While you're at it, don't forget to drink water! Skin is only as strong as its water.

Eat well and drink up

The foods and drinks you consume can have a huge impact on the condition of your skin. Try to incorporate more of these into your diet to improve your complexion: - Fish - Good sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for your skin's health - Avocados - Rich in vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant required by the skin - Berries - High in antioxidants and ellagic acid, which is an anti-ageing agent - Tomatoes - Rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from UV damage - Nut butters - A great source of vitamin E, a powerful anti-ageing ingredient that prevents skin from ageing too quickly - Water - Skin needs water to stay hydrated and healthy, so be sure to drink up!

Invest in your favourite skincare products

It's easy to get carried away when searching for the best skin care products, but remember, a flawless skin will only come from diligent skincare. Invest in a good face wash and a serum. Face cleansers are the first step when it comes to washing your face. They remove excess oil, pollutants and impurities from your skin, preparing it for the rest of your skincare products. Face washes can be used in place of a regular daily cleanser. You can also use exfoliating products to get rid of the dead skin cells on your face and to even out your skin's texture. Exfoliation is great if you have oily or acne-prone skin as it helps get rid of excess oil and blackheads. Face serums are the next step in the perfect winter skin care routine. These are the powerful skincare products that penetrate your skin and deliver the nutrients your skin needs. Look for serums that are high in antioxidants and have anti-ageing properties. You can also use serums instead of moisturizing creams. You can even apply serum before your makeup to give your skin a more intense look.

Embrace the coldness

Feeling dry and scaly? What you're feeling is epidermal dehydration — the natural result of a dry climate and the cold. While the process of hyperpigmentation (or dark spots) is triggered by numerous factors, one of the most common reasons is a lack of hydration. When skin is dehydrated, it loses its protective layer, or barrier. It can make your skin more prone to dark spots and spots on the chin and forehead as well as increase the chances of acne. To combat this, you can apply moisturizer before going to bed and re-apply throughout the day as needed. You can also use an exfoliating serum to slough off dead skin cells, which will help improve the texture of your skin. Sweat is your friend When temperatures drop, many of us feel the need to dress warmly. But clothing can actually make you more susceptible to the elements. When your body is clad in a layer of clothing, it becomes harder for your body to cool itself down. This can lead to a build-up of heat and increased sweating, which then leads to even more damage. Switch out your bulky sweaters and bulky clothes for lighter pieces that allow your skin to breathe. Make sure to wear layers so you can change into a thinner layer when you start to feel hot. You can also try sipping on an icy beverage to cool down and add a little flavour to your day. Protective sunscreen is an absolute must when the days get shorter. While you may feel safer in your bulky jacket, sunscreen will keep you safe from the sun's harmful rays.

Protect your skin from UV rays

Although the cold may make you feel dry, it's important to protect your skin from the elements. In order to prevent skin issues, such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, and to keep your skin looking young and radiant, you must protect it from the sun. Sunscreen is an essential part of any winter skin care routine. There are many sunscreens on the market, but only about five percent of sunscreen is effective. It's recommended that you buy a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, which is the highest level of protection. Remember to apply sunscreen before you go outside and re-apply every two hours while you are out in the sun. If you are swimming or sweating, sunscreen should be applied even more frequently. When you are out in the winter, be sure to stay hydrated too. Water is like an insurance policy for your skin.

Conclusion by Winnipeg Skin Clinic

With the cold weather comes a need for a more concentrated skincare routine to combat dryness. You can easily avoid the winter dryness by following these tips. Invest in your favourite skincare products, like a face serum, which is your skincare products that deliver the nutrients your skin needs. Embrace the coldness and sweat is your friend by drinking water, wearing sunscreen and wearing lighter layers. Protect your skin from UV rays with a high SPF sunscreen and avoid scaly and dry skin with a more concentrated skincare routine.

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