Updated: December 2019
Those of us that have experienced dry skin on a winter vacation know just how uncomfortable it can be. We’re all familiar with a sunburn in the summer, but cracked skin in the winter can be even more painful! And don’t even get me started on those terrible sunburns you can get while in the snow!
Going from brisk temperatures outdoors to heat indoors causes major drying and can wreak havoc on your skin. But, not to worry, there are plenty of ways to prevent chapped lips and dry skin—so head on to your winter vacay prepared!
Here are my skincare tips for your winter vacation!
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburned! UV exposure increases 4-5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. If you’re headed to the slopes, you better apply that SPF to your face, ears, scalp, and lips! The most important skincare product you can use on a daily basis is sunscreen!
While you might not be heading somewhere tropical (or who knows—maybe you prefer to escape the cold!), I highly suggest checking out reef-safe sunscreens.
In the warmer months of the year, you may only need a light moisturizer after a shower. However, cold winter weather dries out your skin, stripping it of natural oils and causing it to crack and flake. Coconut oil is perfect for quick application and deep moisture when you need it most.
Moisturize After You Shower Too
Your skin not only needs extra moisture in the winter but moisture right after you shower. I keep a bottle of natural body lotion right outside the shower, so as soon as I towel dry, I apply and lock that dampness into my skin.
Avoid Hot Showers + Baths
Or at the very least—limit your time!
Use a Humidifier
Heating (whether it’s central heating or a space heater) dries the air in your home and office. By using a humidifier, you add moisture back into the air, keeping your skin from drying out. Having one by your bedside it most important, but the more around the house, the better!
Hydrate from the Inside
Whether you see the results in your skin or not, your body needs water to stay hydrated.
If you find yourself slacking on your “8 glasses a day,” try adding lemon to warm water for soothing refreshment.
I find that stocking up on herbal teas keeps me drinking more water all winter long!
Regularly exfoliating your face and body helps shed dead skin and will make your moisturizers work better. The less dead skin, the easier it is for your moisturizer to absorb and to help keep your skin healthy. I love this body scrub and use it once a week!
Be careful not to scrub *too* hard though—you don’t want to irritate your skin but just a gentle exfoliation should do.