1. Avoid cleansing with hot water.
While washing your face with hot water might seem like bliss at the end of a cold day or a cozy wakeup on a winter morning, it’s not the best option for your skin. Cleansing with water that’s too hot can cause extra skin sensitivity, which can strip it of essential natural oils. Splashing cold water on your face first thing in the AM not only serves as a mini wakeup call, it can also act as an astringent and decrease any puffiness accumulated overnight.
If keeping your skin healthy and hydrated is a top priority, opt for lukewarm water along with a gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain any stripping soaps. Start with Lala Vie’s Cleansing Balm as a first step in your PM cleanse to gently remove makeup and loosen any surface dirt or oil.
The same goes for your body. If a frigid day has you craving a hot bath, do your skin a solid and set a timer. Steamy showers and scalding tubs break down the surface lipids that keep your skin moisturized. You know those wrinkly-looking fingers that come from a long soak in the tub? It’s a sign that the moisture has literally been stripped from your skin.
Even if you don’t suffer from dry skin or any condition aggravated by hot water (i.e. eczema, rosacea or psoriasis), a hot shower or long, hot bath isn’t doing your skin any favors.