I live in the Midwest, so you best believe I am embracing for some of the coldest and snowiest winters around. What I have noticed, however, despite the piles of snow and chill I feel, my redhead skin goes through some pretty drastic changes.
Here are my top winter skincare recommendations when it comes to taking proper care of your skin during the fall and winter months:
1. Exfoliate weekly
Exfoliation is critical in getting glowing and healthy skin. You can exfoliate two or three times a week, depending on how your skin looks and feels. If you’re just starting to exfoliate your skin, redheads should only do it once a week and slightly work up to two or three times a week.
‘Redhead Friendly’ Product: Peter Thomas Roth Super-size FirmX Peeling Gel
2. Moisturize daily
The winter means cool temperatures and your skin can become dry and dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. If you are more prone to having super dry skin in the winter months, don’t hesitate to find a moisturizer that is a bit heavier.
‘Redhead Friendly’ Product: Nia 24 Intensive Recovery Complex
3. Get plenty of rest
Sleep is the best, right? We can always use more of it. Getting plenty of sleep has so many skin benefits including reducing dark under eye circles and making the skin glow.
4. Invest in a humidifier
A humidifier is a great option to put moisture back in the air. It can also help make the skin more supple instead of dry.
Drink plenty of water! Dry skin may be caused by a lack of hydration, so even if you think the “eight glasses a day” rule is just fine, you’re still probably not getting enough water. If you’re active, drink closer to 12 glasses a day.
6. Avoid using hot water in the shower
Hot water can rob your skin of moisture and can also contribute to having dry and flaky skin. If you are more prone to dry skin, use lukewarm or cold water to wash your face.
7. Stay away from bath sponges, scrub brushes and washcloths
These can be too harsh and can damage the skin. If you can’t give them up, do not rub – but instead, pat or blot the skin when toweling dry.
8. Have cracked and rough skin?
Never fear, you can make a little skincare concoction at home. I do this when my skin gets really dry. Simply warm up a little-unrefined coconut or jojoba oil (a jojoba oil was in the recent December 2018 H2BAR Box, see below) in your hands and apply it anywhere you have dry skin.
9. Make sure you wash your pillow cases pretty regularly
If you don’t, oil from your hair and face can show up and clog your pores.