Tips to care for winter skin
Come winter, our skin tends to suffer due to cold temps and rising thermostats. Here are some winter skincare tips to help you face the cold.
As the heat rises indoors, the humidity necessary for keeping our skin comfortable all but disappears. Don't fret -- with a little preparation and extra TLC, you can update your skincare regime to reflect the winter season. For a radiant and glowing complexion all winter long, check out these tips:
Banish hot showers and baths
It may be the first thing you long for after stepping in from the cold, but a long, hot soak in the bath could be adding to your skin trouble. As a general rule, spend 10 minutes less than you would like to. On stepping out of the bath or shower, gently pat your skin dry and slather on the moisturiser, preferably whilst your skin is still damp, which will lock in that much-needed moisture. Don't forget to turn the thermostat down a few notches.
Drink warm water infused with lemon.
This will allow your blood to cleanse itself, detox the body and eliminate harmful toxins, all leading to healthy, glowing skin.
Buy a humidifier
Inexpensive humidifiers are worth their weight in gold when it comes to restoring health to our skin. Humidity helps restore the skin's mantle and prevents it from drying out, and becoming uncomfortable and itchy. Alternatively, place a few bowls of water strategically around your home, this simple step will go a long way in restoring moisture to the air.
Exfoliate at least once a week
Adopt this simple measure and you will allow the new skin to shine through, leaving your skin glowing and full of vitality. Depending on your skin's sensitivity, you should slough off the dead skin cells regularly.
Always use sunscreen
Just because it's not beach water, doesn't mean the sun's rays aren't just as harsh in the winter. Use a daily sunscreen with SPF 30, especially if you do winter sports at a high altitude.
Using a little jojoba oil or olive oil in your bathwater will go a long way in smoothing the surface of your skin. Did you know you could also moisturise from within by loading up on high-quality omega-3s?
Take a cue from Mother Nature
Wintertime offers up the ideal excuse snuggle up in the sheets a little earlier than usual. By catching up on some much-needed sleep, your skin will have more time to repair the day's damage. Indulge your body further by applying moisturiser to your hands and feet before settling down for the night.
This step speaks for itself, but even those with oily skin will need to moisturise over the cold, winter months. Dry skin benefits from creamy, rich textures designed to bring comfort to the skin's mantle.