The bitter winter weather affects your skin in several ways. Cold winter air lacks humidity and dries up natural oils in your skin, causing it to lose its moisture. Bitter winter winds also cause chapping and windburn, leading to rough, cracked skin that can feel tight and uncomfortable.
Here are some helpful tips to protect your skin:
- Moisturize More - some moisturizers work great in the spring and summer, but as weather conditions change, so should your skin routine. An ‘ointment’ moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. For the face, look for moisturizers with ‘non-clogging’ oils, like mineral oil (Firming Eye Cream, Hydrating Lotion) primrose oil, or almond oil.
- Layer on the Sunscreen - Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. The winter sun - combined with snow glare - can still damage your skin. (MK’s Sun Care line is great for broad spectrum protection year round)
- Protect those lips - In winter, it’s easier for the moisture in your lips to be taken away by the elements. The best way to protect your lips is to use a lip balm ( like MK’s Satin Lips Lips Balm) -- chap sticks tend to be waxy and don’t protect as well against winter weather.
- Give your hands some TLC - the skin on your hands tends to be thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. ( MK’s Satin Hands line is perfect for protecting hands from winter’s drying effects)
By knowing how winter weather affects your own skin, you are able to recommend moisturizing products that will keep your customer’s skin vibrant, flawless and healthy through the cold winter months.