Skincare in winter
With the arrival of winter comes a new set of challenges for our skin. Falling temperatures, indoor heating and low air humidity leave our skin vulnerable to dehydration, flakiness and itchiness, red patches and pigmentation and an overall dullness.
Follow our top tips so that your skin stays glowing through the harsh winter months.
- Moisturise, moisturise moisturise – if you moisturise your skin twice a day in the summer months, double it for the winter months. Don’t underestimate how dry your skin can become when temperatures drop.Oil-based moisturisers are very effective as they provide a protective layer around the skin. Even if you have naturally oily skin, you must use a light moisturiser to keep the skin soft and supple.
- We all love the feel of the sun on our skin, but a sunscreen is an absolute must to protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. They are just as strong in the winter as they are in the summer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply frequently if you are exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. Oh and don’t neglect your lips. Use lip balms that have SPF’s to protect your lips.
- Drink plenty of water. In the winter months, we don’t feel as thirsty and tend to “forget’ to drink water. Carry a bottle of water with you and remind yourself to take regular sips. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will turn your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.
- A hot bath is the ideal end to a tiring and cold day. However, for the sake of your skin, ditch the hot water and limit your time in the bath or shower. Hot water will sap the protective oils from the skin. Instead, have short warm showers.
- Install humidifiers around your home, especially in the bedrooms and living rooms. Humidifiers counter the drying effects of indoor central heating, putting moisture back
into the air.
- Be conscious of your diet and make adjustments so that you are eating foods full of mono saturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids such as avocados, nuts and fish and vitamin C like oranges and salad leaves.Avocados are particularly good for the skin as they contain high levels of vitamin E, a key nutrient in maintaining healthy skin.Try and include carrots into your diet. They are rich in Vitamin C, that helps your body produce collagen, a protein that’s vital to maintain your skin’s elasticity. Carrots are also high in vitamin A, an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and can prevent wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
- Last but not the least, during the winter months we barely get a glimpse of the sun. If the sun does make a rare appearance, our bodies are covered up to protect ourselves against the cold (and rightly so:) However, this means that the absorption of vitamin D through our skin is negligible. Vitamin D is vital for skin protection and rejuvenation so alter your diet especially in the colder months to include more vitamin D enriched foods such as salmon, sardines, milk, cereal and orange juice to name just a few.
Winter can wreak havoc on your skin, but if you follow these basic and sim tips, you can have glowing, healthy looking skin throughout the cold months.