Winter-proofing Your Skin

Winter is barely on my radar these days, but I'm already feeling it's effects on my face — namely in the form of dry, dull skin. I had neglected my skincare a bit in recent months, and after noticing some peeling happening in several areas (not cute), I decided to take action toward getting my complexion in order... and if this is something I'm dealing with, chances are you might be too, so I figured I would share what's working for me in the hopes that it will help you as well. Now the first step is probable the simplest, no-brainer tip I could possibly share, but I honestly believe it's the most crucial step of all — drink water. Heaps of it. Seriously, drink as much water as your body can safely handle. When I first noticed my skin peeling, I checked my water intake and quickly realized I had seriously neglected to hydrate (while guzzling coffee like nobody's business). As soon as I started drinking eight-plus glasses each day, I noticed a big change in the overall condition of my skin... as obvious as this one is, it's one of the easiest things to forget, so before doing anything else, get hydrated.
Next up, exfoliate. Whether chemical or physical, a gentle weekly (or bi-weekly) exfoliating session will help slough off dead skin and get your face ready to absorb all the hydrating products you're going to be slathering on it. I enjoy alternating between Pixi's Glow Tonic and Indeed's Facial Powdered Exfoliator, but use whatever you have handy — baking soda works particularly well in a pinch! Once your skin is nicely buffed, switch up any lightweight serums and moisturizers you were using during the summer months with more hard-hitting products, and don't skimp on eye cream — when it comes to safeguarding your skin from the winter, it's all about hydrating from the outside in.
Finally, not so much as a tip but as a general thing to keep in mind, consider switching up any mattifying foundations and concealers you may be using with products that are light and hydrating — there's nothing worse than thick foundation hugging your dry patches! xx 
Photos by Adventures in Fashion

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