December 7, 2011

'Tis the season...


… to alter your beauty routine! With the change of seasons also means the change of your skin care routine. This is especially important for those who live in climates where winter can wreak havoc on skin. Here’s our guide to keep your skin looking healthy this frigid time of year.
Stay healthy and hydrated. Just like summer, it is equally important to drink adequate amounts of water throughout the year to keep your skin hydrated. It’s also important to ensure that you’re still getting your daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables; the vitamins and minerals help skin stay looking and feeling healthy.

Keep on cleansing. Cleansing remains an essential, everyday part of a skin care routine no matter what the season. However, switching to a mild, cream-based cleanser is a wise idea since gel cleansers and bar soaps may strip your skin of natural oils that are especially beneficial in winter.

Easy on the exfoliants. While exfoliating should still be an essential part of your skin routine during winter, you may find that your skin is more sensitive this time of year because of the dry, cold air. It is best to exfoliate less often, or with a more gentle scrub or tool. (Opt for the soft brush head when using the Sigma Beauty Cleansing and Polishing Tool).

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! We can’t emphasize this enough. A good moisturizer is vital for keeping skin supple and smooth.  If your skin can handle it, switch out your water-based moisturizers in favor of oil-based ones; they’re ideal for keeping the skin soft and silky, and are better suited for protecting skin from the harsh outdoor elements. Also consider using a hydrating mask once a week.

Slather on the SPF. The sun’s rays can be very harmful in the winter months because of the glare that reflects off the snow’s white surface and onto your face. Apply an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed areas of skin before going outside (this should be done daily year-round!) Not only are you protecting yourself from redness, but you’re also delaying the signs of aging.

Give your lips some love! In addition to moisturizing your skin, your lips call for special care as well. Invest in a lip balm rich in moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, or mineral oil.

How do you change your skin care routine season to season? 

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  1. Great article once again Sigma! :)

    x Katherine
    Handmade Reviews

  2. Thank you Katherine and Jazmin! :-)

  3. Hi there!

    I have my own routine each season. For exemple in the winter I use a rich cream ( I have a normal skin, which tends to dry during the cold season)with at least 30 SPF, I do not use toner with alcohol and I don't exfoliate excessively. I also don't forget do moisturize my lips and my hands, they could easely get harmed.

    Regarding makeup, which I love to wear, I try to pick carefully my foundation and my powder in order not to dry my skin even harder(I think they are a mush during this season, because they protect our face against harmful environmental factors, like cold, wind).

    In the end, don't forget to stay beautiful during the winter season and take care of yourself!

  4. Thanks for sharing, Raluca! It sounds like you do a great job of changing your beauty/skincare routine for winter - very awesome!