Daylight savings has passed, it’s practically dark before 4 p.m., and my face has already turned its seasonal hue of on-the-brink-of-chapped-red–winter is coming. Thanks to natural beauty guru Indie Lee, we’re ready to be hydrated and glowy no matter what the Polar Vortex/Bomb Cyclone hurdles our way.
1. Beware of Overwashing
Since your skin is already predisposed to dryness in the winter, it’s important not to over-wash or tone it. “Choose a gentle cleanser (like our Rosehip Cleanser), that will cleanse without drying or stripping skin of natural oils and nutrients that it needs,” Lee advises.
2. Mo’ Moisture
Fall and winter–not the time to slack off on your moisturizing routine! Remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. If your skin gets dry and you need to moisturize more than once a day, there are great low-maintenance options available (like Lee’s Unscented Body Lotion) that offer a blend of shea butter, calendula and jojoba to keep skin supple without any added fragrance (so you aren’t overdoing it on the scents with multiple applications).
3. Extra H20
Keep skin both hydrated both inside and out. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. “I love drinking warm water with a lemon wedge at my desk!” Lee says.
4. Skincare On-the-Go
“Keep backup moisturizers at your desk and in your car as reminders to take extra care when the air is cold outside,” Lee says. Too often, we forget until the damage has been done.
5. Happy Hands
Our hands take a beating and we often ignore them until it’s freezing out. Even if the freezing temps haven’t hit yet, it still might be time to take the gloves out. Even if the temps aren’t plummeting yet, now might be a good time to bust out the fingerless gloves (like the ones shown here!)
6. Oil, Oil, Oil
These are a few super-hydrating oils to look for as ingredients in your winter skincare moisturizers: Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Evening Primrose Seed Oil (Oenothera Biennis), Avocado Oil (Persea Americana).
7. No Alcohol–On Your Face
Instead of using an alcohol-based eye makeup remover (that will strip skin of necessary nutrients), choose a multi-tasking cleanser or eye balm to help remove unwanted makeup (and give a boost of nutrients where they’re needed most)!
8. Salve Your Problems
Treat extra dry spots (like heels, elbows and hands) with a body salve before bed. It has humectant properties that will help better hydrate overnight.