How to Keep Away the Winter Skin
It always amazes me at how quickly our skin can be affected by the changing climates. Through summer we are fake tanning, bronzing and smothering our skin in whatever acceptable sun factor our destination requires. But when it comes to winter do we really know how to take care of our skin? In winter our skin can quickly go dry and dull and we can find it difficult to find ways to put moisture back into the skin. So I’m going to share a few tips on how you can get your skin winter ready and how to continue that throughout the season.
The Key is Moisture
One thing that we need to continuously work towards is keeping the moisture in. Even if you are someone that doesn’t usually get dry skin. The likelihood is you will more than likely experience it during the colder months. The reason for this is, over winter the air looses its humidity and therefore the water in our skin evaporates quicker than normal. So you want to make sure you change your skincare routine around to counteract the dryness.
STEP ONE: Swap Cleanser
Make sure you have a hydrating cleanser on hand that can be part of either your day or evening routine. By all means if you have a cleanser that already works for you, then you can skip this step. This step is not the biggest step but can also be one of the cheapest steps. Another option would be to introduce a hydrating, gentle cleanser for your evening were a more in depth routine should be established. When it comes to finding the right cleanser, look out for hydrating ingredients. Try to keep it as natural as possible, at this point try and not reach for products containing salicylic and AHA acids as they could bring more dryness to your skin. Instead opt for products with ingredients such as Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and antioxidants. Don’t be scared of an oil based cleanser either as they can help seal in the moisture. The key in this step is just find a gentle cleanser that will help prep your skin for the rest of your routine.
I have included some bestselling cleansers that have been popular for their moisturising properties to give you some inspiration.
STEP TWO: Make Sure You Have a Good Hydrating Moisturiser
If you don’t want to swap out cleanser then make sure you have a hydrating moisturiser. You want your moisturiser to be oil based and not petroleum based. Again the key is to find something that is as natural as possible. As these are the ingredients that help soothe your skin. As these are the ingredients that help soothe your skin. Or another thing you could add is a hydrating serum, facial oil mask that adds a lot of moisture into the skin.
Hydrating ingredients to watch out for:
Essential Oils (such as coconut, argan, jojoba, apricot kernel and avocado)
STEP THREE: Exfoliate Your Winter Skin
One step that shouldn’t be forgotten is exfoliation. It is even more important during this time of the year. Why? We need to help rejuvenate the skin. With cleansing and moisturising we are helping to keep as much moisture in the skin as possible. But that doesn’t mean that over time dead skin cells will appear. Because they will, and exfoliators will help buff away those cells to reveal new, smooth skin. But one surprising thing that exfoliators can help with is improving the effectiveness of your moisturiser. The reason for this the dead cells can block the moisture working through the layers of skin. I have included some suggestions for good quality exfoliators.
Another good ingredient to use is glycolic acid. Although glycolic is AHA acid, it is also one that is suitable for all skin types, especially dry. It helps to exfoliate the skin, so good for step 3, but also helps moisturise and brighten. One disadvantage with glycolic acid is it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. So that makes step 4 even more essential, but it does give a beautiful natural glow.
STEP FOUR: Protect Your Winter Skin
When Autumn hits its very easy to forget that our skin still needs protection from the sun just as much as it did in the summer. Its just we don’t have the heat to constantly remind us. However the way we approach sun protection is different to what we are used to doing in summer. You first of all don’t need a high sun factor, about SPF 15 should do it. But you don’t need to slather the sun screen hidden at the back of your cupboard. Instead look for a product that contains an SPF like a moisturiser, day serum or BB cream/tinted moisturiser. This should be enough to protect the skin.
STEP FIVE: Get Your Glow Own
Of course once you have nailed your skincare routine, you don’t want to spoil that by over doing it on the make up. Instead have a carefully curated collection of products that brighten and enhance your skin naturally. Instead of going for a silicone based primer, choose something like an illuminating skin perfecter thats more of a cream and will give your skin a natural glow. For foundation select something like a BB cream or tinted moisturiser. But if you are like me and have a few areas of concern to deal with then choose a lightweight foundation with longwear properties. As you don’t want to be topping up your make up and adding layers of product that can put dryness back into your skin.
Winter Skin Be Gone
I hope this post has helped clarify a few things about dealing with your winter skin. All it takes is switching things up a little. Changing to a heavier facial cream and possibly even exfoliate more. But most importantly finding ways to keep our skin hydrated throughout the day. Following some of my steps will help your skin feel more comfortable and ready to take on day. If you wan to read about more ways to improve your winter skin care, I found an article on Vogue.com that was quite interesting (to read it click here).
Let me know what the one thing is you add to routine to care for your winter skin
If you have acne prone skin check out my pervious post here, to get some tips on how put together a skin routine.