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Cold Weather Skincare Routine for Working Out

Updated: Dec 10, 2020


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Winter is coming! Or, depending on where you are, maybe its already here.


Either way, heading into the inevitable colder weather with a winter skincare routine for dry skin that properly moisturizes and soothes your skin from the harsh elements is a really good idea.


A skincare routine that works for you and your skin is important for everyone, but we athletes often face a greater challenge when it comes to keeping the skin happy and breakouts to a minimum. Sweating a lot, being outside, and putting our bodies through various stressors all play a role in skin health. In the winter, not only are you exposed to the sun, but colder temperatures, less humidity, and often biting winds.


In summary, cold weather means drier skin. And if you're like me and already prone to drier skin, you're really going to want to step your hydration game up. When winter rolls around, the priority is helping the skin maintain its natural oils, adding more hydration, and making sure you use antioxidants to help the skin soothe and recover.


Here's the routine I'm currently following to keep my skin right through the cold. What am I missing? Comment below your secret to soft skin in the winter that I have to try.



1) Wash with a Hydrating Cleanser


Using a hydrating cleanser first removes dirt from the pores without stripping the skin of its essential oils. Since the winter is harsh on the skin, you really don't want to lose the naturally occurring skin oils that protect your face and help it retain moisture.


The Fre Skincare hydrating cleanser, Purify Me, is and feels gentle and refreshing on the skin. Shea butter and aloe-vera are both very moisturizing and found in the cleanser. For exfoliation, the face wash has jojoba beads which are small and gentle so they remove dead skin cells and dirt from the pores without being too rough and causing redness. And of course, Fre Skin care products use a "Argania Active Complex" with argan oil and other ingredients that restore pH balance and prevent redness.


I also use CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser (rotate between these two) and have loved it for my sensitive skin.


2) Use a Mask


There is an unlimited number of face masks out there claiming to do many different things for your skin. With so many options, its important to know that some are going to work for you and others aren't.


In the winter, you really want to find one that is hydrating and full of inflammatory and antibacterial properties to help prevent breakouts, rashes, and other blemishes.


A great winter skincare routine home remedy is to make your own mask with oatmeal and honey. Mix the two together for a nice smelling mask that is both hydrating and moisturizing. You can also add things like lemon juice, rose water, tea tree oil, or apple cider vinegar to get more out of the mask. Gently exfoliate, hydrate, and get natural replenishing ingredients all at once!


I'm currently using- and screaming praise about- the Detox Me mask. Hydrating, exfoliating and super light weight, you get a lot from using just a little bit of this mask. I have to list the amazing ingredients that draw me to this mask: Dead Sea Salt, Kaolin Clay, B5, blend of calming flowers, and argan oil.


3) Remember to Use Sunscreen (in the morning)


Your morning routine should include a sunscreen. Sun causes skin damage that compounds over the years, so its really important to layer this into your skincare routine as much as possible.


Sunscreen might not be at the front of your mind when you think winter skincare products. However, its just as important! Add a light sunscreen to your routine, especially when you're going to be working out outside. There are hydrating options as well, like Glossier's Invisible Shield, CeraVe's hydrating sunscreen, or Fre's Protect Me.


The right light and hydrating face sunscreen will go unnoticed by you, but definitely noticed by the sensitive skin on your face and it will thank you!


4) Lip Balm



When the skin on your lips is soft and comfortable, its easy to forget that this is an area of facial care! But when you come inside from working out in a cold wind and losing hydration to sweat, the first thing you might notice is a chapped lip or a stinging mouth.


Protect your skin before and after being in the cold with a gentle, hydrating lip balm like Burt's Bees.


Another thing I love? An exfoliating lip treatment.


Apply a lip treatment as a part of your night time winter skin care routine to help keep your lips soft even if you spend a lot of time in the dry, cold weather. Again, Burt's Bees has a great natural option with their Conditioning Lip Scub, but my personal favorite is Chapstick's Total Hydration Lip Scrub. It's not meant to be eaten of course, but let's just say I can tell it tastes good.


5) Serums and Oils


Experimenting with serums has made a crucial turning point in my winter hydration skincare routine. Seriously amazing at helping retain moisture that gets lost the second you leave the house. A moisturizing lotion, probably Fre's Revive Me serum, would be what I typically use day to day.


But, throwing in other serums and oils makes such a difference in the winter. A Vitamin C serum plays a huge role in skin appearance, reducing wrinkles and scars/discoloration and I will continue to use this all year round!


But never do I ever feel such an illuminating glow as when I'm using an oil like Fre's I am Love oil. I literally feel like I'm glowing, as cliche as that sounds. Definitely a good year-round addition, and perfect for extra moisture in the winter.


6) Lash Growth Serums


Last, but not least, is using an eyelash growth serum. Dry weather doesn't just affect the skin- hair suffers as well from lack of hydration. Don't let this contribute to losing eyelash length and thickness!


While a product that is great to use any time of year, remembering to use the serum consistently can help keep your eyelashes luxurious.


Currently swearing by Athia's Lash & Brow Serum.

Do you change your skin care routine a lot between the summer and winter? Mine more or less stays the same, just adding more frequent hydration treatments like oils and lip scrubs. What works for you?


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Hi, I'm Madeline

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