Our skin may become dry, dehydrated, ruddy and sensitive in the cooler months. This is largely caused by the drop in temperature and humidity, along with air conditioning, hot showers and cold wind. Follow these simple steps to winterproof your skin.
Be sure to adjust your skin care regime according to the season. For the cooler months, swap your gel cleanser for a more nourishing oil or milk cleanser, and trade lightweight gels and lotions for richer more occlusive creams to seal the skin and lock moisture in. Layer hydrating serums and nourishing face oils underneath your moisturiser and decrease the strength of your actives such as aha’s and retinoids if you’re experiencing itching, dryness or flakiness.
Gently exfoliate your skin regularly to remove the build up of dry, dead skincells as this will allow your serums, oils and hydrators to penetrate properly. Swap out your grainy scrub or glycolic pads for a gentle enzyme polish.
What we eat makes such an impact on our skin. Increase your intake of essential fatty acids by eating more oily fish, avocado, activated nuts and seeds. Try swapping coffee and red wine for water and herbal teas. This will help to keep your skin plump, moist and hydrated from within.
Excessive exposure to air conditioning and heating will deplete your skin of it’s natural oils and moisture. Counteract this by placing a humidifier in your home and office, this will inject moisture back into the air. Never sleep with the aircon or heater running throughout the night.
Avoid long hot showers, and replace body wash and soap for cleansing shower and bath oils. Moisturise your body as soon as you’re out whilst your skin is still warm and damp.
Lastly, continue to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen each and every day throughout winter as the sun is just as harmful to our skin in the colder months.