Winter Skincare 101: Protect and repair your skin during the chill

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The crisp air, cozy sweaters, and twinkling lights… winter brings its own magic to town, but for our skin, it can be a harsh season. As the temperatures drop and the air becomes drier, your skin might start to feel the effects of the weather too. Winter months have us walking through freezing air, and blasting the indoor heaters in our cars and homes, which can leave your complexion feeling tight, flaky, and dull. But fear not, skincare lovers! Jess Beauty is here to break the winter doom and release your healthy glow. With the right strategies and a few simple tips, you can protect and repair your skin, keeping you healthy and glowing all winter long.



First things first: Understanding winter's impact


  • Low humidity: Winter air acts like a sponge, stealing your skin’s moisture, and leading to dryness, irritation, and tightness.

  • Temperature fluctuations: The constant switch from frigid outdoors to heated indoors wreaks havoc on your skin's natural barrier, disrupting its ability to retain moisture.


  • Harsh winds: Wind whips away essential oils, leaving your skin exposed and vulnerable to further dryness and even chapping.


  • Sun's deceptive rays: While the sun might not feel as strong, its UV rays are still present, contributing to premature aging and hyperpigmentation.



Building your winter skincare routine



  1. Drink your water


Hydrate as soon as you wake up! Without enough water intake, our skin can become drier and duller, even more so when the weather is cold. Drinking water first thing in the morning, especially before your coffee or tea, helps flush out those toxins, making your skin more plump and radiant. Aim for 8-10 glasses of water daily to keep you hydrated from the inside out.


  1. Cleanse with care 


During the winter season, switch to a moisturizing cleanser that hydrates your skin and supports its barrier to protect it from the damaging effects of cold weather. Ditch harsh soaps that strip your skin's natural oils! A gentle cleanser, like Jess Beauty’s Face Reset Cleanser, is a great option that won’t strip skin of its natural oils, supporting a healthy moisture barrier while calming redness and inflammation. Remember to wash your face with lukewarm water – hot water can be incredibly drying - and don’t overdo it! Too much cleansing removes the skin’s natural moisturizers, once or twice a day should be enough to stay fresh and fabulous.


  1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: 


This is our mantra throughout winter. Opt for thicker, richer creams compared to your summer lotions. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, niacinamide, panthenol, Vitamin C, and squalane, known for their moisture-attracting and barrier-repairing properties.  Make sure to moisturize your face daily (and several times a day), and give your skin the boost of moisture it needs with our C Bomb Vitamin C Moisturizer. C Bomb will help your skin retain long-lasting moisture, and reduce hyperpigmentation and signs of aging while supporting your skin barrier. For the rest of your body, apply Jess Beauty’s Silky Smooth Body Balm, enriched with Shea Butter, Calendula Extract, Camellia Sinensis, and Vitamin E for ultimate moisturization and a silky feel. 

#JessBeautyTip: Your lips are often the first area to show signs of dryness and chapping during the winter months. To keep them soft and smooth, use a hydrating lip balm or moisturizer that contains nourishing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E.


  1. Add niacinamide to your skincare routine


Niacinamide is a derivative of vitamin B3 that plays an important role in energy metabolism and cell health, nourishing, calming redness, and reducing inflammation. Applying our Shine Bright Serum will help moisturize your skin, replenish vitality, and help even your skin tone. It is also good for our pigmentation, helping to boost collagen production, and resulting in a brighter complexion.


  1. Don't skip sunscreen


Yes, even in winter! Even on chilly, overcast days, UV rays can still penetrate the clouds and affect your skin. Incorporating SPF into your skincare routine is essential for shielding your skin from harmful UV radiation, as it creates a protective barrier against premature aging, sunspots, and potential skin damage, ensuring that your skin remains healthy and radiant. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen like Jess Beauty’s Let It Sun SPF 50 and apply it daily (yes ma’am, even on cloudy days) after your moisturizer to keep your skin covered and safeguarded, no matter the weather.


  1. Listen to your skin: 


Remember, just like every person, every skin is unique. So pay attention to how you react to different products and adjust your routine accordingly. If you experience excessive dryness, irritation, or any concerns, consult a dermatologist for personalized advice.

Winter skincare is a marathon, not a sprint. Consistency is key! By following these tips and tailoring them to your specific skin needs, you can navigate winter with confidence, maintaining a healthy, radiant complexion all season long. So, bundle up, embrace the season, and remember, glowing skin is always in style, even in the coldest months!

#JessBeautyTip: Treat yourself to a hydrating facial mask once a week for an extra moisture boost and pampering. Opt for masks with calming and nourishing ingredients like oatmeal, honey, or aloe vera.

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