It goes without saying that our Quebec winters can be very rough especially at the heart of the season. With the temperature difference between outside and inside your home, your body needs a little more care than usual. The winter season can cause a lot of harm to your skin and the exposed parts of your body like your head, hands and feet.

Discover the 6 beauty rituals to follow in winter to keep your skin and body healthy!

1. A Scrub Once or Twice a Week

This step will allow you to remove dead skin, microorganisms as well as impurities that are frequently found on the skin. These elements prevent the skin from breathing, and at the same time helps remove toxins. Make a tea-based scrub and apply it to your whole body, especially the areas that will be exposed to the air and the cold.

It is recommended to do a scrub before the next point

2. Use Steam and Add Cream to keep Skin Hydrated

The dry air and the cold temperature outside are not an ideal combination for your skin. The low temperatures closes the pores of the skin preventing it from breathing and the dry air can quickly dry it out. To ensure proper hydration, consider a hot bath, steam or warm towels. Then apply your favorite oil-based moisturizer. The open pores will keep in the cream longer and help prevent the skin from becoming dry.

Moreover, several tea-based products exist on the market in order to exfoliate, moisturize and clean your skin. For example, by applying a face mask with green tea, you will get both the moisturizing properties but also the vitamins and minerals.

3. Protecting your Hair from the Cold Weather

Your skin is not the only part of your body affected by the cold. Hair is very sensitive to the changes in temperature. The damage is mainly caused by the cold dry air and the remaining moisture in the hair. This is why washing your hair must be limited and a good conditioner or oil must be used regularly. You will then be able to keep you hair healthy throughout the season. You should also consider wearing a hat or a hood.

4. Do not Neglect Certain parts of the Body

You will most likely notice dry skin on your face, arms and neck. Even if you cover these areas, it is very important to use a moisturizer every day. However, do not forget your lips, nose, fingertips and ears. Dry skin exposed to the cold causes frostbite and chapping and it can take a long time to heal. Moisturizing balms are more effective than oily creams.

5. Keep Fit and Respect a Healthy Diet

Staying fit and eating healthy are an essential part of the beauty rituals to follow during the winter. Although it is necessary to protect and moisturize your skin, a healthy and resistant skin also starts from the inside. The nutrients and vitamins contained in the right foods help your body enormously. Exercise helps you to get rid of toxins from the skin which can be dangerous in the long term.

It is important to stay well hydrated, to drink as much as you do in the summer months. No matter the season, it is necessary to drink a good amount of water. Tea, for example, is an excellent source. However, it is important to be aware of the diuretic effect of certain teas . On average, it is recommended to drink one to two liters of water per day.

6. Removing your Makeup Every Day is Essential

To preserve the glow of your skin and avoid premature aging, it is necessary to remove make-up every day and especially in the winter months. As mentioned above, skin has to be able to breathe so wearing makeup and having clogged pores does not help at all. The skin on the face is very sensitive and that is why it is necessary to take good care of it. Besides, even if you do not wear any makeup, make a habit of using a pore cleanser. There are even some cleansers made with tea.

Finally, you must understand that not all creams are made the same, it is important to use a quality cream on your face. Your water-based moisturizer will need to be replaced with an oil-based cream that will hydrate your skin better in the cold weather. Ask your beautician about the best moisturizing products to help you get through the winter months with healthy skin.

What is your Winter beauty rituals?