Which skincare is best in winter?Published on: 27/02/2018
Winter takes its toll on skin – with harsh cool climates contrasting with hot, dry central heating. Taking extra care of your skin during colder months can combat common symptoms of ‘winter skin’ such as dryness, breakouts, patchiness and a pale, discoloured complexion. Here we share five top tips to help you to protect, nourish and care for your skin during winter.
Take extra care of your skin during winter months
Winter months require extra special care and attention for your skin. It’s important to pay attention to what your skin needs during this time, and tweak your routine to minimise the effects of colder weather. Limit exposure to or avoid any toxins, allergens or irritants, especially if you are sensitive or have issues with eczema or dermatitis, as your skin is likely to be more fragile during this time and therefore prone to irritation.
Limit exposure to water
In summer months sweat and sun cream can encourage more frequent skin washing – so it’s worth cutting down on and adapting your cleansing routine in winter. Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to wash your face every day. How frequently you cleanse your skin depends on your unique skin type – for a tailored skincare plan you can discuss your needs with a dermatologist or skincare specialist. It might be tempting to use hot water when it’s cold outside, but splashing your face or showering in steaming water can damage and dry out skin. Opt for lukewarm water on the face to protect and soothe your complexion, combatting redness and dryness.
Use heavier, richer creams more frequently for dry skin
Frequent moisturisation with high quality skincare products designed to provide long-lasting hydration is crucial in winter. Choose natural, clinically developed formulas created without ingredients such as petroleum jelly and sulphates, which can further dry out skin when it needs moisture the most. Oil-based formulas with nourishing botanical extracts are best. Don’t be afraid to reapply throughout the day, especially if you’re feeling dry – and remember to moisturise nightly to maximise the body’s healing processes whilst you sleep.
Make changes at home
Your daily routine can heavily influence the health of your skin. Invest in a humidifier to introduce moisture into the air within your home, which can often be dried out by central heating systems. Drink plenty of water and green tea throughout the day and avoid caffeine and sugary drinks, as dehydration from within hampers natural processes within the skin that heal and protect. Add a little extra nutrition into your diet in the form of fruits and vegetables including cucumber, celery, watermelon and courgette to support collagen and elastin maintenance and production.
Don’t forget sun protection
It’s tempting to forgo sunscreen when it’s cloudy or cold outside – but don’t forget that the sun’s rays are just as damaging even when temperatures are low. UVA can penetrate even thick cloud, so always opt for a day cream with a sun protection factor all year round.
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