9 Tips for Gorgeous Winter Skin

At HC, we know the winter winds can be harsh on your delicate skin, so we’re here to help! With a little advice from Fitness magazine beauty director Heather Muir, here are nine tips that are guaranteed to give you that healthy winter glow.

1.  Drink water!
Believe it or not, drinking water in the winter is just as important as it is in the summer. Not only does water help you maintain clear skin, it also rejuvenates your body and will help to keep you going during those cold winter months by replenishing the moisture and hydration that is lost outside and inside (heated air indoors causes skin to lose moisture, too). Women generally need 2.2 liters of total beverages per day, but stay healthy and choose some H20—it’s calorie-free, inexpensive, and easy to get anywhere! Have a glass of water with each meal and in between meals to make sure your fluid intake is on track.


2. Be Great… Exfoliate

We all know how annoying it can be to deal with dry lips in addition to dry skin. So when it comes to tough dry spots, exfoliating is just as important as moisturizing to get rid of all of the dead skin cells. Exfoliating gets you one step closer to that winter glow every girl wants. “In the winter, it’s all about moisturizing, exfoliating and giving my skin tone a subtle boost,” said Muir.

You should not exfoliate every day, usually only twice a week, but when you do, you should do it in the morning. Skin repairs itself at night, so the morning is the best time to get rid of those dead skin cells. Exfoliate first and then rinse it off with a mild face wash or water and pat dry.

St. Ives makes an award winning exfoliator called Invigorating Apricot Scrub ($4.09 at Drugstore.com) and it is great for all types of skin.

Muir suggests using the Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel ($85.50 at ReneeRouleau.com). “It’s packed with antioxidants and AHAs [alpha hydroxyl acids],” said Muir. Antioxidants prevent future damage to your skin’s tissue and AHAs repair and rejuvenate damaged skin.

Everyone knows that chilly winter temperatures come with dry, cracked lips, too! The common solution is a thick application of lip balm. Even though they are less common, lip exfoliators can often be just as helpful and useful as lip balm, if not more. For a great lip exfoliator try The Lip Scrub by Sarah Happ ($24 at Nordstrom).

3. Moisturize (with SPF!)

Even if you’re not the type of girl who has a full pre-class makeup routine, you should use a moisturizer with SPF every morning in the winter! Remember, UV rays come out even when the sky is gloomy and grey.  Muir says, “Sunscreen is a must—even in the winter. It’s the one factor that truly protects against aging.”

Alexis is an editorial intern for Her Campus. She is a sophomore at Indiana University, majoring in journalism and minoring in fine arts. She works for the Indiana Daily Student, and she founded a She's the First chapter at her school. She is a fan of all things studded and loves to paint and run around with her camera in her free time. You can also find Alexis curled up on her couch with her favorite magazines in hand during her spare time.

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