How to Protect Your Aging Skin in the Winter
As women over 50, we already have to take extra care of our hair and skin. But, winter conditions can make it even more of a struggle to maintain healthy hair and skin. The weather turns cold and dry and makes it a challenge to retain moisture.
So, what should we be paying attention to and what can we do to keep hair and skin healthy throughout the season?
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Apply a moisturizer twice a day at minimum to keep skin from drying out. Oil-based products may retain more moisture. Your skin already produces less oil as you age so we older women are hit with a double whammy when it’s dry in the winter. I love La Mer products (you can buy their body cream here for $285 at Bloomingdale’s), but there are other great brands out there to try. Here are some best sellers:
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream- Buy it here for $55
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream – Buy it here: $60 at Sephora
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration – Buy it here for $16
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter – Buy it here: $42 at Ulta
You Still Need Sunscreen
It doesn’t even seem fair darlings that the sun in the winter is just as damaging as the sun in the summer! It isn’t even warm out! But still just because you aren’t under a hot sun doesn’t mean you don’t need to protect yourself from winter rays. Buy Sunscreen, here.
Keep Your Hands Soft!
The skin on your hands is thinner than other parts of your body and has fewer oil glands causing them to dry out faster. So keep them hydrated with a great hand cream.
KOPARI Coconut Balm – Buy it here for $28
L’Occitane Hand Creams Buy it here: $12 – $29 at Sephora
Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver Buy it here: $48 at Nordstrom
Avoid Alcohol in Your Products
Avoid alcohol use on your skin and instead, use cleansing creams or mild foaming cleansers. Use a hydrating mask instead of a clay-based mask. Avoid alcohol in hair products as well, do whatever you can to maintain natural oils in your hair. If you can do this without looking greasy, don’t shampoo as much. Here are some great products:
Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream – Buy it here: $41 at Nordstrom
Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk – Buy it here: $28 at Nordstrom
JART+Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask – Buy it here: $12.30 at Amazon
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – Buy it here: $48 at Amazon
Drinking Lots of Water
Drinking more water won’t rehydrate your skin! If you’ve heard it before it’s just a myth. Drinking more water can help improve your overall health through, so of course, continue to drink water!
Your Environment Matters
It’s so cozy by the fireplace, but that fireplace is also reducing humidity in your room. So don’t get too close, but also invest in a humidifier to ensure your environment isn’t drying you out too much. Also, those hot showers seem nice in the winter, but those will also dry you out. Take only warm showers, pat dry, and moisturize immediately!
As the temperature continues to drop the air will get dryer so remember these tips and take care of yourself, darling!
How do you take care of your aging skin during the winter? Let me know your tips in the comments at the bottom of this page!
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