Posted on October 21 2020
Winter means hot drinks, cold weather, and — our least favorite — dry skin. With the cold months approaching, you might be wondering what you can do to ward off the winter skin blues and keep your skin smooth and moisturized all year long.
In this article, we’ll give you our 10 best tips for winter skin care so you can have healthy, hydrated skin even during the chilly months. It might be easier than you think!
But before we get to our recommendations, let’s go over the reason that special skin care is necessary during these months so you can understand the why behind the what.
Why Winter Skin Care Matters
The weather isn’t the same all year long and neither is your skin!
When your skin changes, your skincare routine might need to change, too. This means it’s essential to care for your skin in slightly different ways during the cold months.
What makes the winter months different? The biggest factor is the lack of humidity in the air. The cold winter air carries less moisture than warm weather, which means that your skin dries out quickly and easily.
Add in a biting winter wind and you have a recipe for dry skin!
The most important part of winter skin care is to hydrate and moisturize your skin appropriately. And, as you might have guessed, that goes far beyond simply slapping some lotion on.
Let’s dive into the winter skincare tips you need to keep your skin hydrated, healthy, and gorgeous!
10 Winter Skincare Tips
1) Run A Humidifier
Since a lack of humidity in the air is one of the big skincare problems of wintertime, running a humidifier is a simple solution.
You can’t do anything about the dry air outside, but with a humidifier, you can pump some moisture into the air in your home.
Keep in mind that if you have kids or pets at home, the safest option is a cool-mist humidifier, which eliminates the risk of burns.
2) Wear Winter Gloves
Wearing winter gloves every time you go outside is another way to mitigate the effects of dry air. To protect the delicate skin on your hands, cover up! If you forget your gloves, put your hands in your pockets when you can.
Speaking of gloves, it’s also a good idea to wear rubber gloves when you’re dealing with hot water, cleaning products, and the like. This protects your skin from the drying effects of hot water and harsh chemicals.
3) Use A Moisturizing Hand Soap
While we’re on the topic of keeping your hands soft and moisturized, here’s another tip: choose your soap carefully.
Obviously, washing your hands multiple times a day is non-negotiable. What is in your control is which soap you use when you scrub up.
Instead of any average soap, use one that can effectively clean and moisturize your hands at the same time, like Babo Botanicals Lavender Dream™ Plant Based Hand Soap.
This rich, creamy soap contains anti-bacterial manuka essential oil as well as soothing organic argan oil, shea butter, olive oil, and aloe vera to leave your hands clean, soft, and smooth. And it smells dreamy!
For tips on hand-washing and how to make it fun for your kids, check out our article here.
4) Take Shorter Showers
We already mentioned the drying effects of hot water. As comforting as a long, hot bath or shower can be, for the sake of your skin, we recommend keeping showers and baths short.
Hot water can do a number on your skin’s natural protective barrier, which keeps it hydrated and moisturized. So, if you can bear it, take warm, not hot, showers and shave a few minutes off of your shower time.
One more tip for shower time: use chemical-free shampoo, condition your hair thoroughly, and scrub with a body wash that’s free of harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and sulfates.
5) Apply Lotion After Showering
Regardless of how long or short and hot or cold your shower is (we won’t tell!), applying lotion immediately after getting out is a must.
Lock in moisture and create a protective barrier on your skin by applying a gentle, moisturizing lotion before you get dressed.
You can also opt for simply applying coconut oil to your thirsty skin. Just remember that your body will be a bit oily until the coconut oil has time to absorb.
Applying lotion is important for your little ones as well! After bath time is the perfect moment to lotion-up with Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Lotion. Made with shea butter, organic calendula, and organic chamomile, it’s the best of the best for your baby’s skin!
And, since it’s made with 2% non-GMO colloidal oatmeal, this lotion is also a great option for little ones with eczema-prone skin.
6) Switch Your Products
What you used for your skin in the summer might not work for your winter skin care routine. When it comes to the wash and moisturizer you use on your face, don’t be afraid to switch it up with the seasons.
A gentler, less drying face wash and a special moisturizer might be exactly what your dry skin needs!
7) Moisturize Your Lips
In the winter, your lips can dry out easily just like the rest of your skin. But they tend to be forgotten! Don’t let your lips slip by the wayside, especially if you’re dealing with chapping.
Moisturize your lips regularly with a natural lip conditioner, like Babo Botanicals Pretty & Protective Lip Tint Trio SPF 15. This lip tint trio includes three sheer shades that not only soften and condition your lips but also add a perfect hint of color with high shine!
Made with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, our lip tints also provide sun protection for your lips during the summer months, making them ideal to use all year long!
For even more gloss and the same soothing, smoothing effect, try Babo Botanicals Nutri-Shine™ Luminizer Vegan Lip Gloss. It’s vegan, colored with minerals instead of dyes, and contains nourishing coconut oil, cocoa butter, and organic calendula.
Plus, it’s free of preservatives, synthetic fragrances, petroleum, and lots of other junk, making it EWG Verified and good for your body!
8) Care For Chapped Hands
When winter weather gets the best of you and chapped, dry, or cracked hands strike, show some intensive TLC to your skin.
Our favorite way to rejuvenate winter hands is to do an overnight treatment with Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin All Natural Healing Ointment.
Simply apply this 100% natural salve to your skin before going to bed and cover your hands with a pair of gloves or socks. The ointment will work its magic overnight to help soothe and relieve dry spots, itchiness, and redness.
Even better, you can feel good about what you’re putting on your irritated skin because this healing ointment is made with 70+% organic ingredients and medical-grade colloidal oatmeal.
9) Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen might seem like only a summertime necessity, but the truth is that you should use sunscreen all year ‘round.
That being said, you probably won’t be sunbathing during the winter, so a facial sunscreen is most likely all you need during these cold months.
Get into the habit of applying a mineral sunscreen, like Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40, every morning.
It adds luminosity to your skin and contains skin-healthy ingredients, including aloe vera, avocado, and jojoba oil as well as the powerful antioxidants rose hip and green tea!
10) Drink Herbal Tea
Last but not least, we want to remind you to hydrate your skin from the inside-out! One of our favorite ways to do so during the winter is to drink lots of herbal tea!
Herbal tea is healthy, cozy, and warm and provides your skin with the deep-down hydration it needs.
Winter skin care isn’t all about moisturizers, shorter showers, and ointments. It can also mean curling up with a cup of hot tea! We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to us.
Winter Skin Care Made Easy
There’s no need to stress over winter skin care! We’ve made it simple with the 10 tips we listed in this article.
Care for your skin by wearing winter gloves, taking shorter showers, moisturizing your lips with Pretty & Protective Lip Tint Trio SPF 15, and caring for chapped hands with Sensitive Skin All Natural Healing Ointment, in addition to the other recommendations we mentioned above.
Wintertime can be dark and cold, but with the right care, your skin can still shine!