During the winter months, our skin can be left feeling dry and irritated so we need to take better care of our skin.
Follow these simple strategies to counter the drying effects of winter and leaving your complexion glowing.
Here are 10 helpful hints to keep your skin looking its best this winter.
1. Skip soap
Winter is a really bad time for your skin. It has a hard time coping with water balance. Low humidity levels leave skin feeling dry – particularly if sensitive or eczema prone. Be gentle on your skin by skipping harsh soaps, toners or exfoliants and use very gentle soap-free Cleansers, Rose Water and rich moisturisers.
2. Take cool, short showers
A hot shower might feel great on a cold winter day when you are feeling chilled to the bone, but the hot water actually strips moister from your skin. You can alleviate dry skin by reducing the water temperature as much as you can stand and limit your showers to 10 minutes or less.
3. Find the ‘right’ skin care
If you complexion is feeling dry or tight complexion can be a sign you need to try a different formula in your skincare. In moisturisers, change from lotion to a cream. With cleansers change from a foaming to a non-foaming wash-off formula, or switch from a light lotion cleanser to a cream cleanser.
4. Add a Serum
By adding a serum under your moisturiser can also help. Serums are a way of getting strong active products into the skin while limiting their irritation. There are serums to treat various skin issues so look for one that is specifically designed to boost hydration.
5. Always Moisturise
After showering gently pat dry your skin and apply a thick moisturising cream whilst your skin is still damp. The cream acts as a barrier essentially “locking in” moisture into your dry skin.
6. Use Label logic
For an extra boost, certain skincare ingredients are known to have a calming effect on the skin. Ingredients like Soy, Green tea or White tea extract have anti-inflammatory qualities, while Chamomile and Niacinamide can also help calm irritation. While vitamins A and C, and Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA’s) are useful for healthy skin, they can be too harsh for dry or sensitive skin.
7. Pamper your skin regularly
As well as your daily skincare routine, it is extremely beneficial to treat your skin to some extra “TLC” with a professional facial (every change of season is recommended).
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8. Good skin starts from the inside
Diet can help boost your skin’s overall health. Try Flaxseed oil, which is rich in Omega-3 fats, and include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.
9. Sun protection
The single biggest cause of dry skin is sun damage. You should apply sunscreen every day because of the ageing effects of the sun are as prevalent during the winter months as in the summer. If you spend time outside in the winter, protect your skin from weather extremes.
10. Water! Water! Water!
Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking plenty of water at least eight glasses a day. Try to avoid Coffee and Tea as much as possible, it’s a diuretic that flushes water out of your body, leaving both you and your skin feeling dry and dehydrated.
11. Switch between formulas
If your skin is extremely dry, remove your makeup with an oily cleanser. You may need to change your skin care products according to the season. You might need a more oilier product in winter and a lighter formula during the summer months. Pay attention to what your skin in trying to tell you.