As I begin work in this post, many of my friends live in an area with minus 40 weather happening. This one’s for you Foxes!
The face. Finally, we are going to talk about cold weather and that Foxy Face of yours. When it’s cold outside, we cover up a good portion of our bodies, but our face almost always braves the elements. The cold can make it rough, dry, flaky and you can even get a wind burn and sun burn! If you live somewhere that gets cold in the winter, you need to make a few alterations to your skin care routine.
Let’s start with the basic act of washing your face. This may be something you do in the shower or at the end of the day to remove makeup, or both. Using something too soapy or aggressive can strip your skin of moisture even more, so you need to use something gentle. Look for a mild cleanser for your skin type. Cleansers that have a milky or creamy texture generally tend to be a little milder. Always buy for your skin type, or something suitable for all skin types. Usually an “all skin type” product is good for normal or combination skin, but if you are extremely oily or extremely dry, get something for your specific type. Vichy makes some a good range of cleansers in their Pureté Thermale line. Also check out Avène and La Roche Posay for gentle yet effective cleansers.
If you use a toner, consider using a mild one. Toners do not have to sting or feel tingly, in fact they can even moisturize skin. Whatever your skin type, ensure to get the right toner for your skin type. As mentioned above, Vichy, LaRoche Posay and Avène offer great options.
Moisturizer is really where you will get a good bang for your buck. If you use something specific in the summer months, see if the line offers one a little heavier in the same line up but still for your skin type. Often the heavier ones just offer a little more consistency for comfort. Lots of lines offer a moisturizing serum which you can layer in below your regular moisturizer for an extra kick. For example, I really like Biotherm Aqausource for normal/ combination skin, and when it gets really cold I use the Aquasource Deep Serum along with the moisturizer. This is an easy way to winterize your skin care routine. You do not have to stick within the same brand if you add a moisture serum, and almost all skin care brands make them.
Now, there have been times when I have been exposed to cold or wind so much that my skin was left dry and cracked. My cheeks had a hard shell – like feeling to them and were so sensitive to heat when I would come back indoors. Remember, there was a time when I lived in Yellowknife and temperatures quite often were in the minus 40 – 50 range. Here are some recommendations for specialty treatments when you really have an issue to contend with:
- Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Cream Protectant – Protect skin from drying wind, central heating and air conditioning. This skincare multi-tasker soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve minor skin irritations, including roughness, redness, chapped, cracked or dry skin. I recommend using this to treat, but also to protect skin if you know you are going to be exposed to extreme weather conditions.
- La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 – For very dry and irritated skin for adults, children and babies (chapping, dry patches, diaper rash, etc.). I have used this on my own babies for chapped winter faces and it helps heal and protect.
- Avène Skin Recovery Cream – Calms irritation and restores the skin while helping to reduce the skin’s reactivity. Also provide long-lasting protection.
Foxes, I hope this post gives you some ideas to help keep those faces looking gorgeous throughout the colder months. Tell me, what specific face care product(s) do you use in the winter? How do you change up your skin care routine?