Chilled temperatures, wind, low humidity, and high intensity indoor heating systems cause the natural waters in our skin to evaporate, leaving it looking tired and dull. We turned to the experts at Willow Stream Spa for their advice on how to tackle winter skin woes and put your best face forward. With a little education, you can combat your skin’s SOS call and enjoy well-hydrated and winter-proofed skin all season long; as if summer never said goodbye.
While there’s plenty of things to enjoy about the winter: cozy sweaters, comfort food, skiing the slopes, and sitting fire-side with a hot toddy, these extreme temperature changes can leave skin red, dry and irritated. By using a moisturizer like the Jane Iredale BB Cream ($66, Willow Stream Spa Boutique), it will not only block out the UV rays of the winter sun but will also lock in moisture and act as a barrier between your skin and the drying temperatures. Don’t forget to give your lips some love this winter as well. When it is very common to have chapped lips, the Jane Iredale “Lip Drink” lip stick will lock in moisture and give you the perfect hint of colour ($22, Willow Stream Spa Boutique).
Nothing is more relaxing in the frosty months than a hot shower or bubble bath. Hot water can in fact dissolve the natural oils and aggravate the skin leaving it dry, flaky and itchy from head to toe. Spend less time leisurely soaking, and more time replenishing the skin’s needed oils with a generous layer of the rich Kerstin Florian re-mineralizing body cream ($63, Willow Stream Spa Boutique).
One of the easiest and most refreshing ways to bring hydration back to your skin is to drink plenty of water. While those winter warmer libations can be tempting, opt for a tea or hot water infused with lemon which is rich in Vitamin C and can help balance and maintain the pH levels of the body.
As the seasons change, so should your daily skincare routine. Summer skin calls for regular exfoliation to keep the glow going, but in winter months over-exfoliating can cause irritation to the skin when the thermometer drops below zero. Limit it to once a week and indulge in more masks that focus on re-moisturizing, or make a trip to the spa and leave your winter skin flaws to the experts with the Energy Boost Facial at Willow Stream Spa, designed to reboot, recharge, and promote glowing skin (60-minutes, $209, Mon-Thurs). To maintain softness and suppleness of your skin, try including the Kerstin Florian Hyaluronic Serum into your every day skincare routine ($149, Willow Stream Spa Boutique).