How to Keep Skin Beautiful in the Winter

It’s a Catch-22: when it gets cold outside and skin becomes all dehydrated and chapped is the same time as a slew of holiday parties where everyone wants to look her best. Short of walking around in a personal climate-controlled bubble, what’s the best way to nourish and protect skin in the winter?

Look for products containing emollients and hydrators. Emollients trap water on the skin while hydrators attract moisture. Look for healthy oils, Shea butter, cetal alcohol or silicon-based ingredients for maximum protection. Cosmetics brands like Dr Jart and Mario Badescu have many serums, creams and lotions with rich and luxurious ingredients to keep skin plump and glowing.

Other important ingredients are antioxidants, which guard against aging and free-radical damage. The most common antioxidants are Vitamins C, E and A, also known as retinol. All these encourage cell turnover to reveal the fresh skin underneath. Those with sensitive skin should use retinols in small amounts to minimize irritation. The Yoghurt moisturizer from Korres is packed with antioxidants and moisturizers for a winter skin pick-me-up.

Even though the skies may be overcast, sunscreen is still a must. UV rays from the sun can penetrate the clouds and cause damage. It’s also important to wear sunscreen when skiing, sledding and other winter sports. The sun can also reflect off water, ice and snow and is stronger at higher altitudes. Both Mario Badescu and Dr Jart offer sunscreens and post-sun lotions to minimize sun exposure. Sleek Makeup’s Be Beautiful Blemish Balm is packed with vitamins and emollients and an SPF of 15.

Hands need special care in the cold, too. Skin, nails and cuticles can get dried out from constant hand washing and not wearing gloves. Treat them with lotions or creams before bed to give them time to penetrate. Deborah Lippmann has a full range of products, including hand lotion with SPF 25 and hydrating cuticle oil. Skincare Tips For The Winter Season, find out more.

It’s easy to find many skin care products and makeup online at Luxola. No matter the price tag, the right ingredients will keep skin soft and smooth through all kinds of weather.

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