During the dry, winter months, your skin needs all the moisture and hydration it can get. They don’t call it the dead of winter for nothing. A quick and easy fix is swapping all your clear cleansers for opaque and creamy ones. This goes for your facial cleanser, body wash or bar soap, shampoo, and hand soap. Clear formulas tend to be clarifying and can strip your skin or hair of its natural oils and moisture. In the warm summer months, our bodies sweat and produce more oil. That’s why we reach for more purifying, clear cleansers to remove excess oil. In the winter, our skin loses its natural moisture due to the dry indoor heat, and cold low humidity winter air. Opaque cleansers are laden with skin conditioners, humectants, and moisturizers that help cleanse the skin without stripping it dry. Making the switch from clear to opaque will help nourish and protect your skin and hair during the winter months.
Opaque facial cleanser-Instead of a clear formula try a creamy, opaque formula. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser will help replenish the skin while it emulsifies to remove dirt, excess oil and makeup.
Opaque body wash- Try a skin soothing and moisturizing body wash, the creamier the formula the better. Canus Goat’s Milk Moisturizing Body Wash rinses away cleanly and leaves the skin feeling hydrated.
Opaque bar soap- If you prefer a bar soap, reach one for that is opaque and rich. Saipua Lavender and Oatmeal Soap smells heavenly and uses soothing oatmeal and calming lavender oil to gently cleanse and soften skin.
Opaque shampoo- Clear shampoos are great for clarifying the hair to remove style product build up, but they are much too harsh to use in the winter. Instead opt for an opaque formula that uses fatty acids to hydrate your delicate strands, Pureology Hydrate Shampoo does just that and leaves your hair smelling fresh and clean and more manageable and soft.
Opaque hand soap- Winter season is also cold and flu season and that means even more hand washing. Clear, antibacterial formulas can leave your hands dry and cracked. Switching to an opaque formula like Archipelago Botanicals Milk Hand Wash gently cleanses your hands, leaving them soft and healthy. I was introduced to this hand wash at my girlfriend’s house and I immediately fell in love with the creamy lather and fresh scent. It was so hydrating that I almost didn’t use a hand cream after, almost.
Have you made the switch from clear to opaque products this winter?
Have a great wintry weekend everyone!