Winter is in full swing. Not only can you feel it in the frigid outdoor air, but you can see it in your dry, dull skin. A moisturizing body cream is a good place to start, but there are a few other winter body care tips that will help elevate your routine. Get ready to re-discover your glow.
The Importance of Winter Body Skin Care
So often the focus is on our faces, but the rest of your body demands equal (or even more) attention during these chilly months. Here’s why:
Skin Barrier Function
Brisk winter weather can weaken your skin's barrier function, making it more susceptible to irritants. A quality winter skin care routine helps fortify your skin to keep it healthy and resilient all year long.
Reduced Oil Production
Winter's chill doesn't just nip at your nose; it also reduces your skin's natural oil production. This can lead to unwelcome flakiness, including dry skin on arms and legs.
When moisture takes a winter break, your skin might become more sensitive. This leads to redness, itchiness, and general discomfort.
It's easy to forget about areas like your elbows, knees, hands, and feet. These spots are especially prone to dryness and cracking, so they deserve extra TLC during the colder months.
Impact on Overall Health
Skin isn't just about looks—it's a health thing, too. Poor skin conditions can take a toll on your overall well-being, impacting your self-esteem and potentially leading to issues like eczema or dermatitis.
Importance of Hydration
Keeping your body quenched from the inside out is vital, which means drinking plenty of water is the ultimate hack for your winter body care routine. You’ll also want to embrace moisturizers and body oils to maintain soft, supple skin.
Think of your skin care like winter clothing: layers work best. Applying a body serum before your moisturizer can amp up efficacy and hydration.
Specialized Winter Care
In winter, moisturizing requires a little extra thought. That’s why the season calls for a shakeup of your normal beauty routine. Products that offer intense hydration and barrier repair are your best bet in colder months.
Consistency is key. A daily body care routine helps maintain your skin's health, keeping it happy and nourished all winter long.
Prevention Over Treating
And remember, it's always easier to prevent skin issues than to fix them after the fact. A little preventive care can go a long way in keeping your skin in top shape through the winter season.
Common Winter Body Skin Care Mistakes
There are a few mistakes that can leave your skin feeling less than best. Avoid these winter skin care blunders:
Scrubbing away winter’s dullness might seem like the way to go. But over-exfoliating can strip away essential oils and weaken the skin barrier, making it more susceptible to harsh winter elements.
Using Harsh Cleansers
Ever had dry, itchy legs in winter? The culprit could be the use of harsh cleansers which remove skin's natural oils, leaving you even more dry post-shower.
Just don’t do it. There’s a misconception that moisturizers make skin oily, but skipping it in winter does more harm than good.
Think SPF is only for sunny beach days? Think again! UV rays don't take a winter break. So, keep up with your SPF routine to protect your skin from those undercover rays.
Your Winter Body Care Tips for Flawless Skin
Embrace these winter body care tips, and you'll be well on your way to maintaining soft, smooth, skin through even the coldest months of the year.
Slough away dull winter skin by exfoliating 1-2 times a week. Choose hydrating exfoliants instead of harsh scrubs to avoid irritation.
Choosing Gentle Cleansers
We recommend cozying to sulfate-free, moisturizing body washes.
Want to really lock in the moisture? Use a body cream when you’re fresh out of the shower. For an extra dose of hydration, layer on thick creams or body butters that leave skin super soft.
Hand and Foot Care
Before you brave the cold, use a richer hand cream and wear gloves. At night, apply a thick foot cream and wear socks to bed to lock in moisture.
Use a Humidifier
Adding a humidifier to your living space adds moisture to the air, and as we know, all types of hydration keep skin happy.
Avoid Hot Showers
We know, we know. This is probably the hardest one to follow, especially when it’s freezing outside. Just one hot shower can strip away a whole host of moisture. Opt for a lukewarm setting instead.
Wrap yourself in breathable, natural fabrics (like cotton) to keep your skin comfortable. Avoid also wearing wet clothes for extended periods. This can lead to issues like dry skin on legs.
Consult a Dermatologist
If your winter skin issues persist, seek professional advice. A dermatologist can guide you to smoother, calmer skin.
Sol de Janeiro Products for Winter Body Care
Now that you know how to care for your skin in winter, consider these products your tools for optimal body care.
In winter, it’s always a bom dia (good day) for gorgeous skin. Start your routine with Bom Dia Body Scrub. Like a facial for your body, this skin-transforming exfoliant leaves skin remarkably soft and free of dryness, all in a warm, sultry scent. Follow with Bom Dia Bright™ Body Cream for a healthy, hydrating glow all the way down to your toes. Enriched with Fruit AHAs, it gently exfoliates to deliver smooth skin all over.
Or choose to plump your skin with Beija Flor™ Renewing Body Wash. This creamy body wash helps support the cellular renewal process while delivering vital moisture. With bright, blooming notes of Brazilian jasmine and pink dragon fruit, the scent of Cheirosa 68 transforms your shower into a garden by the sea. Pair with Beija Flor™ Elasti-Cream, our elasticity-boosting rich body cream, for visibly bouncy and deeply replenished skin.
NEW Delícia Drench™ Body Butter is our latest winter body care hero. This whipped, ultra-rich body butter supports the skin's barrier and penetrates deep below the surface to lock in moisture and replenish extra dry skin. You can use it all over your body, concentrating on areas where you feel the most dry. Then, let your skin soak up the nourishing benefits.
You can never go wrong with the award-winning Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. It’s a visibly firming body cream with sunny, irresistible scent notes of pistachio, salted caramel, and vanilla. Apply after using Bum Bum Body Scrub for added benefits.
As winter's chill settles in, keeping skin radiant and moisturized becomes a top priority. Don’t just take our word for it. Hear how our Sol de Janeiro community is using (and loving) our winter body care heroes this season.
“This is my holy grail for the dry winter months because it’s slightly thicker in consistency but it’s not sticky and is absorbed quickly!! Not to mention it smells heavenly! I can visibly notice just how smooth my skin is only after a couple of uses.” - Susan, Bom Dia Bright™ Body Cream
“Literally love this cream. This winter, my skin was horribly dry. I started applying it after showering every night, and it feels amazing now.” Kayla-Mai, Beija, Flor™ Elasti-Cream
“My go-to for when winter hits. This keeps my skin from drying out! It absorbs quickly without feeling oily!” – Thomas, Brazilian Bum Bum® Cream