We all know how harsh winter can be on our skin. With howling winds, driving rain, cold air, freezing temperatures and hot, drying artificial heat. It’s no wonder our skin feels dry, flaky and tight which not only looks unsightly but feel uncomfortable. With little moisture in the air over the winter months we need to take extra good care of our skin. You might have the right foundation and the best primer for your skin type – click here to see the best primers as rated by vogue– but what else can you do to keep your skin healthy?
Read on for some helpful tips and advice on how to keep your skin soft and glowing all winter long.
Be careful of your water temperature
There’s nothing more soothing than a gorgeously hot bath or shower, especially when it’s freezing cold outside. But washing your face, body and hands in hot water is actually stripping your skin of vital oils and natural moisture. So, try to wash in lukewarm water instead, you’ll really notice the difference.
Your skin will be crying out for more moisture over these colder months, so make sure you moisturise at every opportunity, especially after you’ve bathed/showered. You need to be applying the moisturiser onto your damp skin in order to lock in the dampness. Speaking of moisturiser…
Choose your brand carefully
There are literally thousands of moisturising products available, but during the winter months you need to be careful with what you choose. Many petroleum based moisturisers will actually dry out your skin more, so it’s better to opt for a formula that is full of nourishing and hydrating properties. Go for an oil based solution too! Ingredients such as lavender, jojoba and chamomile for a natural moisture boost.
Protect your skin
Get used to wearing gloves and a nice thick scarf to protect your skinfrom the freezing temperatures and the harsh winds. So, you have the perfect excuse to go and treat yourself to a new set of gloves! If you’re going to be doing anything where your hands will get wet, then wear gloves too, that includes washing the dishes and cleaning the bathroom! And don’t forget the sunscreen. Yep! It’s true, the winter sun is just as damaging as the summer sun so make sure your makeup has an SPF Rating of 15 of higher.
We’re always reaching for cool drinks in the summer, whether it’s a glass of ice water or something a little bubblier, keeping hydrated in summer is something we’re conscious of. But, when it comes to winter, we tend to opt for warm drinks such as apple cider and hot chocolate which don’t have as many hydrating capabilities. But drinking plenty of water throughout winter will not only help with brain function and keeping you awake, but it will also help your skin to stay hydrated too. Why not try a little hot water and lemon?
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