Bibi Correa, Freshman
Unfortunately for us East Coasters, this time of year brings low temperatures and even lower patience for winter skin. Chapped and cracked are definitely not trending this winter. Fear not, for here are some tips to keep your skin happy and healthy (even when you’re not).
- Turn Down the Heat
Nothing feels better than a hot shower after a cold day, but they have to stop. The heat of the shower actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin (sciency, I know), which leads to your skin being about as moisturized as a piece of sandpaper. Instead, opt for a 10-minute lukewarm shower. Your skin will thank you.
- Ban Masks
If your skin is feeling uncomfortably dry, stop using harsh masks and peels that can strip vital oils from your skin. Try using a moisturizing cleanser or cleansing milk, like the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk, for softer, smoother skin.
- Crank Up the Humidity
Humidifiers are amazing for keeping moisture in the air, and in your skin. The cold is often guilty of making skin dry and flaky, as the air is just that-- Dry. Place some humidifiers around your house and let the results show themselves.
- Hand Me the Moisturizer!
The skin on your hands has fewer oils glands than of the rest of your body. This means keep your hands covered whenever you go outside, and moisturize whenever you can. Bath and Body Works Triple Moisture Body Creams are basically heaven on your cracked skin (and they smell as good as they feel!). With their wide variety of scents and affordable prices, they definitely top my wish-list this year
- Bundle Up
The best tip I can give you. Whenever you're outside, make sure you have anything and everything to help keep you warm. Frostbite is a look not even the queens of cool have been able to master. Adorable scarves (Forever 21 has plenty) and your trusty peppermint latte can get you through any icy situation.
- Sunscreen? In December?
UV rays never stop. Not even in the winter. Some of your makeup might already have SPF in it, but if not, apply a sunscreen half an hour before you go outside (this information can be easily found on the product’s label). You’ll be happy you did when your only wrinkles at 80-years-old are laugh-lines.
- Avoid Over-Exfoliating
If your skin feels dry, it’s okay to scrub up a little with a nice loofah and your favorite exfoliator, but this isn’t the solution to your problem. After exfoliating, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! (And be sure to only exfoliate whenever truly necessary).
Left- Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk, $27. Courtesy of clinique.com
Right- Bath and Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream, $12.50. Courtesy of bathandbodyworks.com
Don’t worry. Healthy skin is within reach. Get to it.