Keeping Winter Skin Healthy

Keeping Winter Skin Healthy

Rachael Pfenninger, Contributing Writer

Now that the holidays are over, winter has fully arrived - and our skin is feeling the effects. But never fear - dry skin, cracked lips and winter rashes can all be avoided with a gentle, seasonal skincare routine.

The Best Natural Moisturizers

Moisturizers aren't one size fits all, but there are a few key ingredients to look for in your winter skincare routine. To start, not only is Aloe Vera extremely moisturizing and a great tool for healthy skin, but it can even heal your acne scarring. Next to aloe, honey is another well-loved skincare remedy that promotes moisture and is fantastic for dry skin. Struggling with dry, winter lips? You can't go wrong with a simple honey and sugar scrub. Finally, green tea has never been just for drinking - it can be a powerful addition to any skin care regimen.

Products to Avoid

There are products that work better for some skin types than others, but there are a few that should be avoided by everyone when the weather cools down and dries out. Witch hazel, for one, is really popular and though most bottles say it has no alcohol, it is extracted using alcohol and can dry your skin badly. Never ever apply straight up, undiluted essential oils to the skin unless you want to risk a burn. And of course, don't scrub your skin down with any exfoliant that is too harsh. This will strip your skin of its natural oils, causing micro-tearing and making a mess of your face.

DIY Green Tea and Honey Winter Facial

Ready for a super simple facial? Protect your skin from the harsh weather with a green tea and honey mask. Just stir wet tea leaves into honey until they form a paste, and apply it to prevent blackheads, retain moisture and pack your skin full of antioxidants.Skincare varies from person to person, but protecting your skin from the winter weather is a must in order to put your best face forward. Follow a few or all of these tips for a beautiful complexion even in the cold.