Like your wardrobe, your beauty routine should change with the seasons. It is a good idea to become familiar with your skin’s needs and behaviour and adapt your skin care routine to match this. Most people find that their skin becomes drier in the colder months. Dry skin is evidenced by flaky patches of skin and a tight feeling. Your skin may also feel dry to the touch and some people find that their skin is more sensitive in winter.
There are many reasons that your skin may become dry in winter. The main culprits are wind, cold temperatures and overheated rooms. These strip the natural oils from your skin, leaving it dry, flaky and itchy.
Your skincare routine needs to be altered slightly in winter, to take care of your skin and combat dryness. The condition of your skin may improve greatly in winter by incorporating the following practices into your routine:
– Switch to a richer moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer that is oil-free and is suitable for dry skin. Apply your moisturizer morning and night, after cleansing. My favorite winter face cream is Celestial by Lush, which is perfect for sensitive skin.
– Use a lighter cleanser in the cooler months. Avoid anything that contains soap, and choose a creamier, milky cleanser.
– Make sure that you keep your fluid levels up. Most people tend to drink less water in winter, and tend to stick to hot drinks like tea, coffee or hot chocolate. These drinks can act as a diuretic, which may lead to dehydrated skin. If you can’t face cold water in the cooler months, try drinking warm water with a squeeze of lemon.
– Give your skin a scrub twice a week with a gentle exfoliant. This will help to remove any dry skin cells and speed up the regeneration process. I love Honey, Snap Out of It scrub from Benefit. Remember to follow your scrub up with a dose of moisturizer.
– Use a moisturizing mask once a week, to replace lost moisture.
– Don’t neglect your sunscreen! Although you are less likely to get sunburned in winter, you are still vulnerable to UVA and UVB rays which cause premature ageing and skin cancer. Apply a light sunscreen to all exposed areas on a daily basis.
– Use a rich body butter all over your body, morning and night.
– Your hands tend to cop a lot of the bad weather during winter. To protect them, wear gloves when venturing outside and slather your hands with a rich hand cream a couple of times a day to lock in moisture. I love Summer Hill Hand Therapy from Crabtree and Evaline.
– Use an eye cream morning and night to protect the delicate skin around your eyes, which is prone to forming fine lines.
– The skin on your lips is especially vulnerable in cold weather. Your lips don’t produce any oil on their own, so you need to take special care to ensure that they don’t dry out. Use a rich lip balm under your lipstick and reapply it throughout the day. Wear a lip balm to bed. Give your lips a gentle scrub every few days with an old toothbrush or a specialized lip scrub to remove any flakes. My favorite lip balms are Honey Trap from Lush or any of the Lip Smackers range.
– Don’t overheat your bedroom, home or office. Extreme changes in temperature can traumatise your skin, leaving it rashy and stressed. Heat your rooms to around 21 degrees, and then add extra layers of clothing if you are still cold.
– Don’t be temped to take searing hot showers and baths. Hot water strips the moisture from your skin. Also, don’t use hot water to wash your hair, or you may irritate your scalp and stimulate dandruff. Use warm water instead.
If you stick to these tips, I assure you that your skin will remain lush and soft all through winter and into spring.