Visiting cold weather? Make Sure You Pack These

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Maybe you’re heading home for the holidays, and maybe that home is somewhere slightly colder than the wonderful, mild winters of the gulf. Or maybe you’re popping over to neighboring Lebanon for a weekend ski trip. Either way, you will probably find that your skin care needs a cold weather overhaul.

Winter weather brings lots of things; hot chocolate, fluffy scarves, big boots, and an excuse to finally wear that hat you bought three years ago. It also brings colder temps, more rain, and drier air. All of these can wreak havoc on your skin, but thankfully, there are a few easy skincare swaps that will make all the difference. Here are our tips and picks to keep your skin in check.

1. Put away that foaming, gel cleanser. Repeat after us, ‘winter skin needs moisture’. Switch to a mild cleanser that will cleanse your skin, without overdrying it. Try a cleansing balm like Eve Lom Cleanser, which contains cocoa seed butter for soft, radiant skin.

2. Try a spray. Facial sprays are a great way to add an extra layer of moisture without overloading your skin. You can use a spray continuously throughout the day, but we like using it just before applying moisturizer, since the moisturizer will help lock in the active ingredients from the spray.  We like Dermalogica Antioxidant HydraMist, a hydrating spray that will firm, plump and protect your skin from the elements.

3. Switch to a heavy-duty moisturizer. While thicker moisturizers may feel too heavy in warm weather, they can alleviate dryness and soothe your skin during the winter. SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream is a great option; it contains super-plumping hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to repair environmentally-stressed skin.

4. Look after your lips. The skin on your lips is quite thin and, unlike the rest of your face, it lacks oil glands, meaning your lips are prone to dryness and chapping. Keep your pucker soft, moisturized and ready for mistletoe with a hydrating lip balm like Eucerin pH5 Lip Active lip balm with SPF 15.

5. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Yes, sunscreen is even important in wintertime. And it’s especially important if you are heading somewhere with snow, as ultraviolet can bounce off of snow and ice, making you even more susceptible to sunburns and sun damage. Try Reviderm Solar Skin Shield SPF 30, a waterproof formula that is light enough to be applied over your usual skincare products and under your makeup.

–  Rebecca Harisson