Winter might not officially start until December 21, but if you’re living in New England (especially the northern part), you know it’s already begun. As the chill sets in and the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland, New Englanders know the beauty and magic that come with the season. Winter in New England can also be harsh on your skin. The cold air, wind chill, and snow can all take a toll. Say goodbye to chapped lips and dry skin! After decades of living through New England winters, these are the skincare essentials to keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout the winter months.
New England Winter Skincare Essentials
The foundation of any skincare routine begins with a gentle, hydrating cleanser. Opt for cream-based or oil-based cleansers that help retain moisture and protect the skin barrier. One Love Organics Enzyme Cleansing Oil is packed with fruit enzymes designed for even the driest skin. It’s non-stripping and helps skin maintain its natural balance.
Yes, even in winter! Snow can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays, increasing exposure to your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to exposed areas, especially when engaging in outdoor activities. This Sun Serum is SPF 40 and provides hydration while also protecting your skin from the suns rays. It’s particularly great for for active days. Supergoop Mineral Sheerscreen is another great option for SPF coverage.
Vitamin C Serums
A serum with ingredients like Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid can help with hydration and brightening your complexion. Vitamin C serum can also help optimize your SPF so combining the two is even better! My two favorites are Follain Brightening Serum (very affordable) and Ursa Major Mountain Glow Golden Serum.
Winter demands richer, more nourishing moisturizers. The Ursa Major Alpine Rich cream is a moisturizing powerhouse. Infused with alpine & forest actives to hydrate deeply and support the skin barrier. A little goes a long way, the jar will last you all season!
Chapped lips are a common woe during New England winters. The key to keeping your lips soft and hydrated is two things: a great lip balm and exfoliating scrub. Yes, it might sound weird, but a gentle exfoliant will actually help keep your lips protected against painful peeling and dryness. This French Girl Rose Lip Scrub is packed with moisturizing vegan butters to gently remove dry skin and hydrate for plumper lips. Keep them soft and hydrated with a reliable lip balm. This nourishing multi-use balm can be used on face and lips, containing olive and shea oils bound together with natural beeswax and grapefruit essential oil.
Don’t forget your hands. This fast absorbing non-greasy Hand Cream reverses dryness with 5 Ceramides, 5 Peptides + Niacinamide.
Body moisturizers act as a protective barrier, sealing in moisture and preventing the skin from becoming dehydrated. They nourish and replenish, offering relief to cracked, chapped skin. This rich body cream from Le Prunier keeps skin feeling smoother, softer and hydrated. It’s packed with antioxidants and Vitamins A, C & E to nourish and calm skin.
This sparkly Bio-Retinol Gold face mask is formulated with organic rosehip oil (rich in fatty acids and omegas 6 and 3) to nourishes and hydrate while vitamin E-packed argan oil helps unmask a youthful glow.
Indoor heating can zap moisture from the air, leading to dry skin. Combat this by using a humidifier in your home. Adding moisture to the air not only benefits your skin but also helps in preventing chapped lips and dry sinuses.
Winter in New England is a time of outdoor fun and cozy moments, but it can be hard on your skin too. By arming yourself with these skincare essentials and embracing a consistent routine, you can keep that dry skin and chapped lips at bay.
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