Step up your winter skin care!
Glowing skin all year round is in. To achieve this you will need to treat your skincare like your clothes and change with the seasons!
Just like you protect yourself from the cold with layers of vests, tops, fluffy jumpers, scarves, hats and gloves, your skin needs some protection in the winter months too.
The combination of colder temperatures, rain, blustery winds and central heating can wreak havoc on your skin – even if you’re looking after it as normal, you may notice that your skin feels different and you may try to fix it.
Just like you change your clothes with the season, our skin care needs change with the seasons, this means that the same products that kept your skin looking gorgeous in summer will not automatically continue when the frosty nights set in. Winter weather can cause our skin barrier to become dull, dry and prone to breakouts. Pair this with your summer glow fading to reveal age spots and redness, and it’s no wonder your skin can get you down during winter.
This is why skin care brands offer more than the basics for the 5 essential skin care needs of Cleanse, Exfoliate, Tone, Moisturise and Protect. This is where skin care supplements come in and where you need to add certain additional products to your basic routine.
Here’s some tips on how to avoid dry facial skin in winter, repair dry chapped hands, reduce redness and help control breakouts.
Here’s my winter skin care tips to help get you through even the frostiest of days.
1. Stay hydrated Winter means dry skin for most of us. Dry skin in winter is not the same as having a dry skin type, you can have oily skin and still have dry skin in winter. So how does this work? The main causes of dry skin in winter are dry air, low humidity, central heating and cold winds, which can leave our skin struggling to retain moisture in its cells.
This is why your skin may feel tight and uncomfortable in winter. This environment can also make skin look older and duller, because dry skin doesn’t bounce off light, and in addition the shadow effect that gets cast over your skin can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.
So, what can you do? Here’s my winter skin care tips:
Turn down your shower temperature: however tempting it may be to turn up the heat in the shower when it’s so cold out there, it won’t do your skin any favours. The heat can cause damage to your already delicate skin barrier, which may cause your skin to become even drier.
Take off the day gently: even if you don’t wear makeup, cleansing is still a vital step in your skin care routine. Opt for gentler products, all products I recommend are kind to your skin, but sometimes you might find that a cleanser that has an exfoliating scrub in, however gentle, may be somewhat harsh in winter (see tip 3 below). It may be tempting to leave the cleanser or use a regular soap instead, but soap dried out your skin too and not using a cleanser isn’t helping your skin. I would recommend that you swap your 4-in-1 Cleanser for the TimeWise Repair Cleanser, which includes ingredients to help repair your skin barrier. If that’s too rich, try the Naturally Line or Botanical Effects.
Ease up on the exfoliating: using harsh exfoliating products regularly can damage the skin barrier, but it is still beneficial to remove dead skin cells. So, if you are going to exfoliate, try not to do it daily, make it a two or three times a week affair. choose a gentle one like the Naturally Exfoliating Powder mixed with just water or mixed with your cleanser or a nourishing oil, up to three times a week, and always remember to moisturise after!
You guessed it, moisturise!: a good moisturiser for winter plumps up your skin and brightens up your complexion. Now you can buy a new one, which your skin has to get used to, or you can stick with your normal one and add in a supplement, such as Intense Moisturising Cream, Advanced Moisturising Cream, Naturally Nourishing Oil or Naturally Moisturising Stick. If your skin is very, very dry you could try the Extra Emollient Night Cream. Obviously it depends on your skin condition which product works best. Book in a call to find out what works for you.
Re-nourish dry lips: chapped lips are another typical winter struggle. One of the best things you can do to tackle dry skin on lips is to not bite or pick the dry bits, but use a lip scrub to gently remove the dead skin cells, then apply a moisturising balm. Just please don’t pick or bite them, it will only make it worse.
Don’t forget your hands: getting dry skin on hands in winter is common, so make sure you always have a trusty, rich cream that doesn’t make your hands feel sticky, like Satin Hands Hand Cream in your handbag, ready to tackle those dry cracked hands. Better yet, make sure you have a full set of Satin Hands at home at least to use twice a week.
Reduce the redness If you naturally have cool-toned skin with red and pink undertones, chances are this will only get more pronounced during winter. This is mainly due to temperature changes e.g. coming in from the cold to be met with central heating, which causes blood vessels to expand and contract. But there are things you can do to reduce the redness, like
Investing in a good SPF: yes, however strange it may seem when there’s not a single spec of sun in the sky, a good SPF will still serve you well. Choose one with added moisture and apply to your face, neck, hands and any other exposed skin to avoid further skin discoloration.
Find the right moisturiser: if red skin is your main concern in the winter, look for a moisturiser containing niacinamide and vitamin B5 (aka pantothenic acid) to soothe warm tones in the skin.
Stop spots in their tracks You may be surprised when spots rear their ugly heads in winter – how can they even be created in such dry conditions?! Well, it turns out that winter is the ideal climate for spots4 – we know, it’s not fair! Don’t fret too much though, there are certain things you can do to tackle winter-time spots, like:
Gently polish dead skin away: choose a gentle facial polish to help free those blocked pores, like Alba Botanic Acne Deep Pore Wash, which contains blemish-reducing salicylic acid.
Choose gentler spot treatments: consider swapping your current treatments for a gentler one as your skin is already battling the weather! Try using a natural one like Alba Acne Invisible Treatment Gel during the winter months.
If these problems persist or worsen, please seek the advice of your GP who may be able to prescribe medical products if necessary.
Meanwhile, if you want some specialist advice, maybe with a friend, book in for a MicroParty and have some fun trying new Products and find out what works for your skin!