Winter brings chilly temperatures, & cozy sweaters. However, it also ushers in a common skincare challenge: dry, dehydrated skin. The cold weather and low humidity levels can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it parched and prone to irritation. But with the right winter skincare routine and COOLA products—including our moisturizing sunscreen—you can keep your skin hydrated and glowing all season long.
Importance of Water Temperature on Skin
So, how do you keep your skin hydrated in the winter? Before we get into specific skincare products and routines, let's talk about the often-overlooked factor that can significantly impact your skin's hydration: water temperature. While a hot shower may seem inviting on a chilly morning, it can strip your skin of its natural moisture. Hot water can weaken your skin barrier, leading to dryness, itching, and even skin conditions.
COOLA Tip: Opt for lukewarm water when cleansing your face and body during the winter months. It's gentler on your skin and helps maintain its natural moisture balance.
The Necessity of Sunscreen in the Winter
In addition to confusion around broad spectrum vs full spectrum sunscreen, one common misconception is that sunscreen is only necessary in the summer. In reality, the sun's harmful UV rays can still affect your skin in the winter. Snow and ice can reflect UV rays, increasing your exposure.1 Protecting your skin from UV damage is essential year-round, and this is where COOLA comes to the rescue.
COOLA Tip: Consider a moisturizing sunscreen as your go-to winter skincare hero. It not only shields your skin from UV rays but also provides much-needed hydration to combat winter dryness. Our unique formulation ensures that your skin stays protected and moisturized, even in the harshest winter conditions.
Moisturizing: Your Winter Skin's Best Friend
Perhaps the most critical step in your winter skincare routine is moisturizing. In the winter, your skin requires more moisture to combat dryness and stay supple. Consider switching to a thicker, more nourishing moisturizer during this season, and aim to moisturize twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed. If your skin feels extra dry, you can apply a lightweight moisturizer throughout the day as needed.
COOLA Tip: Look for ingredients like vitamin E (aka tocopherol or tocopherol acetate), which is known for its ability to lock in moisture and soothe dry, irritated skin. Such ingredients act as an extra layer of protection, preventing moisture loss and keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Keeping Lips Soft and Smooth
Don't forget about your lips! They are susceptible to dryness and chapping during the winter. Invest in a high-quality lip balm that provides long-lasting moisture and SPF protection.
COOLA Tip: Look for lip sunscreen that contains ingredients like organic Cupuaçu Butter and Raspberry and Jojoba Seed Oils to nourish and protect your lips.
Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle
Finally, remember that skincare isn't just about products; it's also about lifestyle choices. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is crucial for maintaining skin health. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can dehydrate your skin. And if you’re continuing to exercise outside during the winter months, be sure to protect your skin even on the chilliest days with sunscreen for runners.
COOLA Tip: Maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can support your skin's health and hydration from within.