Cold Weather Skincare Routine for Working Out
Updated: May 8
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Why You Need A Cold Weather Skincare Routine For Working Out
When you like to run outside, the cold weather presents a lot of challenges. I don't have to tell you that!
Pushing yourself through biting winds is a given, but one thing that isn't always as obvious is cold weather exercise resulting in dry winter skin.
Without a winter skincare routine that properly moisturizes and soothes your skin from the harsh elements, you open up your skin to a lot of damage.
Every single workout!
As an athlete or someone with an active lifestyle, it's so important to stay on top of a good skincare routine all the time.
Sweat takes a lot of nutrients with it—the ones that keep skin glowing and healthy. And the cold hard truth (pun intended😜) is that the effect can be even greater in the winter.
You're exposed to:
And probably other damaging things, so dry winter skin is hard to avoid.
To help you keep your skin's breakouts to a minimum this winter, I'm sharing a winter skincare products list and some of the best ways to treat your skin through the cold months! And featuring my personal go-to skincare for active women, Fre!
Skin Care Tips For Cold Weather
Essentially, cold weather means drier skin.
And if you're like me—someone already prone to dry skin—you're really going to want to step your hydration game up in winter.
There's a lot to learn about taking care of your skin in cold weather because every one has different skin types. But, here are some quick skin care tips for colder weather that everyone should have on their radar.
Cold weather and lower humidity dry your skin out, to an even greater effect when you sweat. You have to combat this with hydrating products that also replenish vitamins and minerals lost in your sweat.
Winter also brings sharp winds, which can irritate your face (we've all been there, red-cheeked and sore) and blow more dirt and grime onto your skin.
Look for products with antioxidants and soothing ingredients that also are tough enough to exfoliate deep dirt and dry winter skin.
When winter rolls around, your priorities should be:
Helping the skin maintain its natural oils
Adding more hydration
Making sure you use antioxidants to help the skin soothe and recover
Cold Weather Skincare Routine: 6 Steps
Here's a skincare routine for cold weather to follow or draw inspiration from if you live an active lifestyle:
1) Wash with a Hydrating Cleanser
A strong, yet gentle, hydrating cleanser first removes dirt from the pores without stripping the skin of its essential oils. Winter is already harsh enough on your skin, you don't want to lose the naturally occurring oils that you do have!
My two go two products for retaining moisture and soothing irritations, while also giving a good clean are:
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser - It leaves my skin feeling so clean and smooth every time! My sensitive skin never feels red or bothered afterward—only nourished.
Fre Skincare's hydrating cleanser Purify Me - This leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and smooth. With shea butter and aloe-vera, the moisture benefits are amazing. Plus, this gentle cleanser still gets a good clean job done with jojoba beads for exfoliation, gently removing dead skin cells and dirt from pores.
Another reason I love Fre's products is that most of them use the "Argania Active Complex," which has argan oil and other ingredients that restore pH balance and prevent redness. So soothing!
2) Treat Your Skin To A Hydrating Mask
There are tons of masks out there claiming to do so many different things for your skin. It's hard to know which ones to actually go for.
Above all, it's important to know that some are going to work for you and others aren't. No one's skin is exactly the same! Figure out what works best for you and look for products that have similar ingredients.
Even so, the best skincare for cold weather when it comes to masks are the ones that:
have anti-inflammatory ingredients,
have anti-bacterial ingredients.
That's pretty much universal for everybody! Adding a mask to your winter skincare routine helps prevent breakouts, rashes, and other deep blemishes.
A great option for skin care in winter at home is making your own mask with oatmeal and honey.
Mix the two together for a nice (read: tasty) smelling mask that is both hydrating and exfoliating.
You can also add things like
tea tree oil
apple cider vinegar
to get more out of the mask. Look up the benefits of additional ingredients and throw in what you need most.
Gently exfoliate, hydrate, and replenish your skin completely naturally! This is a mask you could literally eat, so you know it's natural and good for your skin.
Save it for your face though—I'm just saying you could take a bite if you wanted to!
I've been using Fre's Detox Me mask for the past two years and I'm almost tired of hearing myself talk about how much I love it.
It's one of my favorite Fre Skincare products by far!
Okay, let's be honest here. I'm not that tired of it. I love it and I think you all should know.
It's hydrating, exfoliating, and oh-so lightweight. The total package.
You can get a deep clean by putting it on for just a few minutes, and it also works as a regular face wash too if you want.
I have to list the amazing ingredients that draw me to this mask: