Is winter skincare different than summer skincare? Absolutely. Winter is here and you may need to adjust your daily skincare habits to the cold months ahead. While we’re quick to wrap ourselves in extra layers of clothes to keep warm. The trouble is, we tend to neglect our skin and how it’s affected during the winter season. To help, I’ve listed my top five winter skin care tips to look after your skin over the coming months.
Keep your skin vibrant and healthy, despite the cold weather.
Skin Perfection’s top five winter skin care tips
1) Moisturise Frequently
Maximising the opportunity to moisturise keeps your skin refreshed. It clears away all dead skin cells and maintains the glow on your skin. Alternatively, you can use a mild exfoliant that contains fruit enzymes to clear dead skin cells. Be sure to moisturise on damp skin frequently, as moisture can clear away more quickly in the winter. Remember, as the weather conditions change, your skincare routine should too. Try using an ‘oil based’ moisturiser, as it creates a thicker and more protective layer on the skin.
2) Use Sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime – the winter sun can damage your skin too on especially clear days. Skin damage can occur because UV rays from the sun interfere with the skin and can prevent it from staying hydrated. Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside to exposed areas such as face and hands. Reapply frequently if you’re outside for a long period of time.
3) Look after your Hands
Along with your face, the skin on your hands is exposed the most when going outdoors. Hands have a thin layer of skin, which is why the cold weather can effect them a lot. It’s harder to keep your hands moisturised than any other part of the body because of its exposure to the elements. The cold weather can lead to itchiness and cracking of the skin on your hands. This can be prevented by wearing gloves when you go outside. Try to avoid wearing scratchy and irritating fabrics such as wool because when it rubs against your skin, it can cause irritation and scratching. If you do want to wear wool, be sure to put on a layer of cotton gloves first to avoid irritation. Also avoid wearing wet gloves in the cold weather conditions, as this can lead to itching, cracking or even eczema.
4) Get the humidifier out
We all turn the central heating up at home because of how cold it is outside. Central heating systems spread hot dry air to keep us warm – but it’s not necessarily good for our skin. Although you might have moisturised, your skin drys out because of the hot dry air that spreads across your home or workplace. Using a humidifier is better for the skin and helps prevent it from becoming dehydrated. They work by retaining the air’s moisture and dispersing it evenly across the room.
5) Keep Hydrated
It’s important to keep yourself hydrated even in cold weather conditions. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin looking brighter, healthier and younger. Water is good for your overall health and your skin will benefit greatly from fluids. However, avoid sipping water from a bottle, as the water molecules left on the surface of the lips evaporate and this drys out the moisture from within the skin. If you do have a bottle, use a straw to avoid lips from drying out.
To learn more about your skin, why not visit us at the Clinic where my Expert team will look after you?
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As the first step of your skin journey at Skin Perfection, you will be invited to attend a no obligations consultation. This will give you the opportunity to get a good understanding of your skin.
Following your assessment your practitioner will recommend you a personalised treatment plan. During your first meeting you will receive all the information and knowledge you will need to keep your skin healthy.
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