healthy winter skin
When Winter arrives we all want to keep the chill outside and the warmth inside. But that means we crank up our heat and this inevitably leads to dry skin
Whether you heat your home with oil, gas or electricity, the effect is the same
So how do you reduce the effects of Winter and central heating on your skin?
Read our guide below so you can enjoy healthy, happy skin throughout the cold Winter days
so what does the cold winter weather do to your skin?
The Winter weather strips your skin of its moisture and then sucks away the naturally-produced sebum (or oil) that your skin creates to keep your skin moisturised
Then when you turn on your central heating, it will begin to pull the moisture out of the air in your home, making it drier and this, in turn, pulls the moisture out of your skin
So it's a double-whammy - both the Winter weather outside and the central heating inside both draw moisture out of your skin
As your skin loses moisture, it becomes more and more dry and can begin to feel tight and itchy
To avoid your skin becoming damaged and prematurely aging you really need to turn the heat up on your skincare routine
adjust your cleansing and moisturising routine
Did you know that whilst a hot shower or bath may feel good when it's cold outside, the hot water actually strips the oil away from your skin much more than lukewarm water?
We recommend you turn down the heat a bit when you're in the bathroom, especially when you're washing your face and hands as they are exposed to the cold weather the most, and the skin on your face and hands is thinner than the skin elsewhere on your body
Because your skin dries out more in Winter you really need to up your game when it comes to moisturising and you may find that the moisturiser you use in Spring and Summer just won't kick it in Winter
We also recommend using a Body Butter which is heavier than a moisturiser as a body butter should not contain any water, only butters and oils (read more about the difference between body butter and other moisturisers here >)
Always have an oil-based product like a Body Serum or Facial Serum close by when you cleanse your skin, for example near the bath, shower or at the sink, so you can liberally apply it immediately after you wash. Applying a moisturising product to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin
Don't forget about your feet. During Winter your feet also need extra strong treatment so the lotion you use during summer just make not kick it. We recommend upgrading to a heavier moisturiser which is full of butters and oils just like our Spa Relaxing Foot Butter or our Spa Revitalising Foot Butter
And remember to choose your moisturiser carefully. Avoid moisturisers which contain petroleum-based ingredients such as mineral oil or paraffin wax as these ingredients tend to dry out your skin even more
protect your skin
When you're out and about protect your skin from the Winter elements by covering up and wearing gloves and scarves. By adding this extra layer of protection you reduce the amount of moisture being sucked from your skin
Apply sunscreen. Yes - sunscreen isn't just for summer. The Winter sun, especially in combination with the reflection and glare from the snow, can still damage your skin
We recommend you apply sunscreen to your face and other exposed areas such as your hands (if you don't have gloves) approximately 30 minutes before going out and re-applying if you are staying out for long
Avoid wearing socks and gloves that are damp or wet as this can irritate your skin or cause cracking and itching
And if you suffer from eczema, wet gloves and socks could cause a flare-up
If your facial skin is dry, avoid using harsh peels and masks that contain alcohol or are clay-based as these will strip the oil from your skin. Rather choose masks which are 'deeply hydrating' and use them less often
exfoliate, hydrate and sleep on it
Although regular weekly exfoliation should be part of our skincare routine, because we cover up more in Winter and our skin isn't on show so much, we tend to forget the importance of exfoliating our skin
We need to remember the reason for weekly exfoliation and that's to help remove dead cells from the skin. If there are too many dead cells caught on the skin your Winter moisturiser simply cannot penetrate through to do its job
Whilst it's important to exfoliate your body each week, we recommend you pay particular attention to exposed areas of skin such as your face, hand and lips. We recommend you use an exfoliating product which contains butters and oils meaning your product will exfoliate and moisturise. We do still recommend that immediately after exfoliating, you still generously slap on your Winter moisturiser
How many times have you heard someone tell you that you need to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and looking younger for longer?
Well.... just because you drink plenty of water doesn't mean you won't have dry skin
According to Dermatologist, Kenneth Bielinski, whilst the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from drinking fluids, the average person's skin does not reflect the amount of water they consume
We recommend drinking plenty of water for your health, not just your skin. In Winter we tend to not drink as much water as we turn more towards hot drinks like cocoa. Why not try some warm water with lemon juice in it for a lift?
As you already know, you need to crank up the amount of moisturiser you use in Winter. But why not also let your moisturiser work for you while you sleep?
On those areas that need that extra boost of moisturiser during Winter, such as hands and feet, why not slap on some Body Butter on your hands and Foot Butter on your feet last thing at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning?