10 TIPS FOR HEALTHY WINTER SKIN
It’s winter! Time for snow, Christmas carols, presents and…dry skin. But it doesn’t need to be this way. As the temperature drops, we shouldn’t expect our skin to flake, break-out or flare up. Here’s just a few ways to maintain glowing skin all year long!
1. Be gentle
Just because it’s a new season doesn’t mean that you need to buy a whole new range of products. In fact, changing multiple products at once can overload your skin and make it more inflamed. Invest in quality gentle products which will suit your skin all your round. My personal favourite face scrub is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.
2. Make sure you exfoliate
A common misconception is that you don’t need to exfoliate as much in the winter as it makes your skin drier than it already is. Removing dry and flaking skin can clears potential pore clogs which could lead to breakouts. However, you should always exfoliate gently.
3. Mist your skin
A skin mist is a very useful product to have on hand in the winter time. Keep the mist next to your desk and apply regularly to keep your skin fresh throughout the day. Elemis co-founder, Noella Gabriel, explains why simply spraying water on your face is not as effective: “If there are no humectants in your face mist, your skin can’t hold onto the moisture…the water simply evaporates and dehydrates your skin.”
4. Gift yourself a facial
Feeling Christmassy? Perhaps now is the time to treat yourself to an early gift of a facial. Choose which facial you would like according to your skin type and be sure to pick your facialists brain for handy skin care tips while you’re there.
5. Limit shower or bath time
Though it can be difficult to leave hot water on a cold day, long showers or soaks in the bath can dry out your skin. Hot water can wash away the natural oils in your skin so it may be worth adding a bit of cold water to the mix. It’s also always a good idea to moisturise after a wash to replace some of the oils lost.
6. Lower your thermostat
Living in the UK, most of us will have already put on the central heating. However, central heating can suck the moisture out of the rooms you are in and leave your skin flaky or dry. Why not pull on another jumper this winter instead of turning up the thermostat – it’ll help your skin and the environment. Also, though it’s tempting to lean up against a radiator, try not to place your bare skin on radiators.
7. Look at your lifestyle
In wintertime it can be tempting to huddle inside and enjoy seasonal treats rather than venture outside. Remember to soak in regular doses of vitamin D this season and keep your serotonin levels high with regular exercise. Check in with yourself to see whether you’re living the healthiest life by examining you’re eating, sleeping and exercising habits.
8. Drink plenty of water
On a cold day, it may be more tempting to opt for a cup of tea or coffee than a glass water but, whatever your preference, make sure your drinking enough liquid! Invest in a large water bottle and, if you’re not a fan of plain water, add some lemon for flavour. Remember, the recommended daily intake of water is around 3.7 litres or a man and 2.7l for a woman.
9. Keep your lips hydrated
Our lips are often the first things to dry up in winter and prevention can be the best cure. Keep a tube of your preferred lip balm handy – whether that’s petroleum jelly or your specific saviour.
10. Moisturise, Moisture, Moisturise!
Due to Covid-19 many of us have become a lot more familiar with hand sanitiser than we may have been previously. Remember to regularly moisturise your hands to prevent your skin from becoming dry and flaky.
Hopefully these tips help to keep your skin healthy and ready for all those Christmas photos!
By Ilona Cabral
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