By Kaitlyn Cullen
Although our planet’s death is starting to crescendo thanks to climate change, winter in New England is still as brutal as ever on our skin.
Whether you’re speeding down a snow-capped mountain or trying not to fall over from the gale wind force on the way to class, you always want to make sure you protect your face.
The easiest way to do this is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Drink lots of water – roughly 10 cups a day for adults, and even more if you’re sick, exercising, or on special medication.
The next best thing you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen – yes, even on cloudy days and at night.
Sunscreen contains collagen, a structural protein that is the main component of connective tissue, making up 25-to-35% of all protein in mammals. Slap some on after your preferred daily moisturizer for an extra boost of hydration and protection!
Not only is sunscreen good for you, but putting it on before you apply your makeup will also create a protective barrier between your skin and potentially harmful products in makeup, much like primer.
Speaking of, if you want to do your skin a favor, use extra-hydrating products in the winter – powerful moisturizers with SPF, water-based makeup products, and even vitamins if you want to try them out! Just don’t get yourself caught up in a pyramid scheme.
If your skin is naturally oily but you’re still getting dry spots, try moisturizing before bed. After washing your face, use a strong moisturizer to replenish any lost hydration from harsh skin care products. Chances are, if your face is acting up and uber-oily in the morning, it’s just compensating for a lack of hydration, which can result in extra production of the natural oils in your skin.
Your usual cosmetics may also be part of the issue.
Matte and full-coverage foundations can clog pores and suffocate your face, causing your skin to act up. Constantly covering up breakouts WILL take a toll on your skin, and most likely irritate it further.
Take a few days to let your face breath before putting anymore makeup on it, and wash and moisturize it regularly. Remember not to over-do it – you’re supposed to be letting your skin relax.
Neutrogena is a brand well-known for its hydrating and clean products. Their products are also fairly affordable and can be found in your usual drug and department stores. Consider switching your brand with the seasons – or use it full-time if you really like it!
If you’re looking for a completely natural remedy, get yourself a plant baby – the aloe vera plant. They’re wicked low-maintenance and have tons of benefits. The gel from inside the leaf is extremely hydrating, whether it be used to soothe sunburns, mix into a face mask, or even blend in a smoothie if you know what you’re doing. There are tons of recipes online with tutorials to best suit your interests!
You don’t need expensive products or a day at the spa to replenish your skin. Just drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, wash your face regularly – and stay away from those tanning beds! Pay close attention to the changes you notice – good and bad – and adjust your skincare routine accordingly. You know your skin better than anyone else!
Following these tips every day will not only save your skin, but it will reduce the chances of getting wrinkles and dark spots later in life.
Hydrating properly every day will also benefit the rest of your body! You’ll see an improvement in your skin, mood, diet, and even more!
Remember kids, hydrate or die-drate.