It is hard to believe that winter is just beginning and that skin cell regeneration may begin to slow down over the coming months. Although the holidays are nearly past, the coldest months are still to come and it is important to have a plan in place to maintain healthy, beautiful skin as the temperatures drop. Keeping up with a few simple skin care habits can help ensure that you don’t lose your warm, healthy glow during the winter season.
Moisturize to Promote Skin Cell Regeneration
When the temperatures start to drop, it is common for your skin to lose moisture much more quickly than it does during the warmer months. Although moisturizing is important all year long, it becomes especially vital around this time of year. In fact, many people choose to switch up their moisturizer during the winter. A lightweight lotion is great in the summer when you can expect to be sweating during the day. However, when the weather is colder, you will get better results from a thicker, heavier moisturizer that can withstand the wind and other environmental risks.
Increase Your Exfoliation
During most of the year, it is recommended to exfoliate your skin once a week to promote skin cell regeneration. In the winter, however, your dry skin can create more dead skin cells, decreasing the rate at which your cells replace themselves. To prevent the buildup of dead skin cells, use your exfoliator twice or even three times a week. This will clear the way for new, healthy cells and allow you to keep a glowing complexion even as the weather drops to freezing and below.
Don’t Forget About Sunscreen
Exposure to the sun is one of the primary causes of slow skin cell regeneration. Most of us are very diligent about sunscreen in the summer but we forget that ultraviolet rays are just as damaging to our skin when the air is cold. Along with your heavy winter moisturizer, be sure to use a daily product that has at least an SPF of 30 on a daily basis. This is essential even if you do not plan to spend a great deal of time outdoors. Just a short walk to the car in the snow can expose your skin to harmful rays.
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