Ward off winter's harsh effects. Discover TATCHA's winter skin beauty tips and secrets to ensure your skin remains more exquisite than the Japanese Snow Monkeys throughout the season.

As seasons change, our skincare needs to too. During the winter months, skin tends to be drier not only because of the harsher outside environment, but also due to lower levels of humidity created by heaters and fireplaces. Follow these timeless winter skin beauty tips to help your skin remain exquisite in the coming months and banish dry hands in winter.
 
Moisturize In The Morning: Use an oil-based cleanser in your morning skincare regimen. This will leave a very thin layer of lipids on the skin, enhancing the barrier function of the skin and helping maintain moisture throughout the day. I recommend TATCHA’s Camellia Cleansing Oil.
 
Cleanse Coolly: Wash your face with lukewarm water when cleansing or showering as hot temperatures can strip skin of precious moisture.
 
Boost Moisture: For extra hydration and radiance, use a hydrating mist that has a low alcohol content. This will boost moisture as needed throughout the day without the drying effects associated with alcohol. I recommend TATCHA’s Dewy Skin Mist.
 
Exfoliate: Regular exfoliation sloughs off dead skin, enabling moisturizers to penetrate properly (otherwise dead skin cells act as a barrier to moisture). Healthy cells on the skin’s surface and helps keep pores free of impurities. TATCHA’s customizable line of Rice Enzyme Powders exfoliate the skin without harsh abrasives to keep skin glowing but not dry throughout the winter
 
Hydrate Daily: Be diligent about using a hydrating serum like TATCHA’s Brightening Serum. This will help skin absorb additional moisture and hold on to it all day.
 
Replenish Reserves: Once a week, replenish skin’s moisture more deeply with a hydrating mask. TATCHA’s Deep Hydration Lifting Mask is ideal.
 
Eat Well: Winterize your diet for healthy winter skin by making sure to eat plenty of natural fats such as those found in fish and olive oil. And, as always, drink plenty of water. Skip sugary, starchy foods that can exacerbate dry skin. When possible, swap out lattes and cocktails (both of which contain diuretics) for a caffeine-free herbal tea.
 
Lock It In: Apply moisturizer immediately after showering or cleansing your face to help lock in moisture. Consider a more deeply hydrating moisturizer during winter months.
 
Pillow Talk: Consider swapping out cotton pillowcases for silk, as silk does not draw moisture away from the skin the way cotton can.

Healing Hands: It’s difficult to protect your hands from the winter elements, making dry hands in winter all-too-common. TATCHA’s Soothing Silk Hand Cream uses indigo and liquid silk to banish dry hands in winter by creating a luxurious protective layer that reduces irritation and heals the skin. The Indigo Collection is a staple for itchy winter skincare.
 
Commit To SPF: The sun may not be shining as brightly, but it’s still important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays—every day, no matter what.

Victoria Tsai
Chief Treasure Hunter

published October 2012

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