How does the Winter Season affect your Skin?
The cold weather and low humidity levels leave skin feeling tight and dehydrated as the dry air saps moisture from it. If left untreated, this causes the skin to crack and bleed. If you’re prone to dry skin conditions, it’ll tend to flare up around this time of year as a result.
The lifestyle changes that we all make to accommodate the cooler climate play a part too. That’s why it’s important to wrap up when you’re outdoors layers covering your forehead and lower face can trap oil and encourage breakouts, wash your hats and scarves regularly to prevent oil and dirt from transferring onto your skin.
Finally, it’s usual to become exhausted over winter but there’s something about shorter days that can leave people feeling fed up with their routines across the board. Hectic schedules, tiredness, and illness can cause people to skimp on their everyday skincare; make sure you continue to cleanse, tone, and moisturize every day with a product that is suitable for your skin type – and never sleep in your makeup!
Keep your Skincare routine on Top
Continue to cleanse twice a day, not only does it help to remove impurities such as dirt and excess oil but it also hydrates and prepares the skin for moisturizers, serums, and masks. If your skin gets dry, you should consider buying a moisturizing cleanser to see you through; a control cleanser is a better option for oily skin types. When it comes to toning, avoid using alcohol-containing products, as these will dry your skin out further. Look out for organic beauty products that use natural ingredients instead. Continue to moisturize twice daily too, if you’re finding that it’s less effective as the cold weather creeps in, massage your moisturizer into your skin more thoroughly
Tips & tricks for Winter Skin Care
Okay, so judging from the above you’re probably feeling like you’ll be fighting a losing battle against the elements in the winter season, right? Thankfully, there are a few ways that you and your skin can survive and thrive over winter. Reduce dryness, breakouts, chapping, and redness, and achieve healthy, glowing skin all year round with these tips.
This may seem obvious, but when it’s not blazing hot outside, many of us don’t drink enough water. Yes, it’s hugely important to moisturize the skin with creams, oils, or serums, but the water that makes up our skin is the key to proper hydration. Water plumps the skin, encourages collagen production, and flushes toxins (including acne-causing ones) from our bodies. If you’re not drinking the recommended 2 liters of water every day, your skin will appear dull. You’re also likely to increase the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Eat Healthy in Christmas eve!
As Christmas approaches, it’s easy to get into some pretty junk food habits. The connection between gut and skin health is well-documented, though it’s easy to forget when faced with festive treats. Tackle dry skin by increasing your daily intake of healthy fats, walnuts, avocados, and olive oil are good sources. Remember to get your 5 a day throughout winter too, it’s the perfect time to stock up on seasonal green veggies like sprouts, cabbages, winter squashes, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Fruits like oranges, grapefruits, apples, and kiwis are also readily available at this time of year.