Fall and winter’s colder months bring with them lots of fun things, from corn mazes and pumpkins to holiday nail colors and days filled with joy. However, seasonal changes also bring drastic changes for your skin, particularly major drying effects. When transitioning to a winter skincare routine for the colder months ahead, you should incorporate natural, hydrating ingredients. Using natural moisturizers that work with your skin to fight dryness helps keep irritation low. Shea butter, cocoa butter, almond milk, oatmeal, bananas, and more can help supplement your winter skincare routine. Your skin will thank you if you plan ahead and add these details and products to your winter skincare routine.
Using face masks can completely transform your skin in a matter of minutes. That might sound drastic, but by figuring out which ingredients work well with your skin, you can tailor a face mask routine to work just for you. Sheet masks are convenient and soothing on the skin. I love using sheet masks with soothing and calming ingredients, especially if it’s a cold and windy week. St. Ives has a gentle sheet mask with oatmeal that I love. Your skin will be so soft and hydrated after using it, and it’s affordable enough to be used pretty regularly.
I also love face masks that are made with natural ingredients. My favorite fresh face mask is by Lush, called Oatifix, and features ingredients like oats and bananas. I also love The Body Shop’s Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask. These masks are gentle and hydrating, but will never leave skin oily.
Changing out or supplementing your moisturizer in the fall can help fight dry skin and alleviate problems that accompany changing seasons. Using a richer moisturizer with nourishing ingredients, especially at night, is a good way to make sure you don’t have breakouts or excess dryness. You can keep your regular daily moisturizer and add a hydrating boost, like this hydrating booster from Simple. I like to add targeted moisture to the areas where I need it most, like under my eyes and around my nose. Anywhere that tends to feel dry or tight needs a hydration boost! Also, make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Hydration starts from within, and if you want to keep your skin happy, you need to take care of yourself first.
Exfoliate as part of your winter skincare routine.
For both your face and your body, gently exfoliating keeps your skin looking bright and helps keep away dullness and dryness. Exfoliate your face with a gentle product a few times a week, or a more bold exfoliant once or twice a week. On my body, I use an exfoliating body butter every time I shower on my arms and legs. I use the Scrubee from Lush, and it’s packed full of nourishing, moisturizing, and softening butters and oils. It’s one of my all-time favorite Lush products! Follow up in the shower with a body conditioner like the Ro’s Argan body conditioner.
For your body, lotions and body butters help protect skin against damage and can have nourishing benefits. By using products with more natural than synthetic ingredients, you’re giving your skin just what it needs. The Body Shop makes really lovely body butters, and have launched a Vanilla Pumpkin scent perfect for fall. I also adore using the lotions and massage bars from Lush. For before I go to sleep, the lavender-scented Sleepy lotion is amazing. Recently, Sympathy for the Skin has been a Lush favorite. Made with bananas, cocoa butter, almond oil and vanilla, this body cream leaves skin soft, smelling amazing, and ready for anything the day brings.