Dark nights and cold weather aren’t the only thing that comes with winter; our skin can also bear the brunt of the season's harsh conditions. The drop in temperature, combined with lower humidity levels and increased use of central heating can leave our skin feeling dry, dull, and deprived of its natural radiance.
This Winter Skin SOS guide is here to help. We’ve got all the effective strategies to maintain a healthy glow even in the coldest months.
What does winter do to your skin?
Before we dive into our top tips, it’s important to understand the effect the winter months have on our skin. The cold air and biting winds strip away our skin's natural moisture, leading to dehydration and flakiness. Combine this with increased indoor heating which exacerbates the problem further by drying out the air more and leaving our skin yearning for hydration. These harsh environmental changes make it essential to change up your skincare routine to beat dry skin in winter and maintain healthy skin throughout the season.
Winter Skin SOS Tip 1: Embrace Hydration
The key to any successful winter skin care routine lies in hydration. Incorporating moisturising products that focus on replenishing the skin's lost moisture is crucial. Opt for a rich, nourishing moisturiser that contains ingredients like beta glucan or glycerin. These powerhouse components lock in moisture, preventing the skin from becoming parched and tight.
Additionally, consider adding a hydrating serum to your routine. Serums with ingredients like hyaluronic acid or aloe vera provide an extra layer of hydration whilst also helping to protect the skin for supple and radiant complexion.
During winter the key to keeping your skin hydrated, is to ensure your skin stays hydrated throughout the day, especially after exposure to the elements. For this we recommend carrying a hydrating spray toner that you can carry with you and spritz if your skin needs a boost of hydration.
Combatting Winter Skin Woes with Gentle Cleansing
While cleansing is essential year-round, it is even more important during winter. When cleansing during the winter months avoid harsh cleansers that can strip away the skin's natural oils and exacerbating dryness. Instead choose a gentle, hydrating cleanser that effectively removes impurities without compromising the skin's moisture barrier.
If you aren’t already, you should also make sure to double cleanse your skin. Start with an oil-based cleanser to break down makeup and SPF, followed by your “treatment” cleanser to treat your personal skin concerns. A double cleanse routine will ensure your skin gets a thorough cleanse without over-drying whilst also treating the skin.
Choose your skincare products wisely
The products you choose can make or break your winter skincare routine. Look for skincare products specifically formulated for dry or sensitive skin, as they often contain ingredients that provide extra nourishment and protection. Ingredients like chamomile, green tea, and butcher’s broom have soothing properties, ideal for calming irritated winter skin.
When it comes to exfoliation, opt for a gentle exfoliator that helps remove dead skin cells without causing excessive dryness. Exfoliating 1-2 times a week can promote cell turnover, allowing your skin to better absorb the hydrating products in your routine.
Shielding Your Skin from the Winter Elements
You might think it’s okay to skip the SPF in the winter months, but SPF should be worn all year round to protect your skin. A high-quality sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF moisturiser will protect your skin from UV rays and the harsh winter elements.
Winter Skin SOS Tip: Masks for Extra TLC
Give your skin a pampering treat with a hydrating mask that provide extra TLC during the winter months. We recommend incorporating masks that contain ingredients such as allantoin, panthenol and shea butter to not only boost skin hydration but to promote healing of your skin barrier. Apply two to three times per week to keep your skin healthy and radiant.
Taking care of your skin in winter: The bottom Line
Understanding your skin's needs and implementing a well-rounded skincare routine is essential for maintaining a healthy winter glow. By prioritising hydration, choosing the right products for your skin type, and protecting your skin from the winter elements, you can emerge from the season with a radiant and resilient complexion.
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