For all of the joys that winter brings, with warm fires and delicious heart warming foods, there are a few downsides to the season which may require you to mix up your skincare routine. Read on for a few tips on how to avoid dry, cracking skin this winter.
Using moisturiser should be a part of your skincare regime all year round but particularly in winter. As the colder weather creeps in, the humidity drops, causing our skin to become dehydrated. When the air outside is cold and dry your skin loses its ability to retain hydration by 25%. Look for moisturising products containing glycerin which helps your skin to hold moisture. It is most effective to moisturise just after the shower, as your pores are open and it will help retain the moisture, and just before you go to bed, so that your skin doesn’t dry out in your sleep.
Do exercise caution not to over-moisturise. You will notice this if you are regularly moisturising and experiencing irregular dryness or impurities. You may just be using a moisturiser that’s too oily for your skin type. In this case, switch to one with a lower percentage of oils or moisturising ingredients, or switch to a serum for a drier moisturising effect.
There is no better feeling then enjoying a nice long scorching hot shower in the middle of winter when you can’t feel your toes. But you may be doing a lot of damage to your skin including dehydrating it significantly and stripping your skin of its natural oils. The higher the temperature in a shower the higher the chance that your skin will become dehydrated. This will result in dry, cracked skin that could be difficult to repair. This winter, turn down the temperature, and avoid taking too long of a shower to ensure your skin can retain as much moisture and hydration as possible.
In winter we avoid moisturising to avoid being cold as we wait for the cream to settle in. A great winter investment is an in-shower moisturising lotion. These offer many benefits including keeping your skin hydrated and preventing dryness and cracking, and you can do it all in the comfort of your warm shower.
Use the Right Products
Combination and oily skin products often use astringents which work to dry out the oil in your skin. These work only if
Hand sanitisers, although convenient, can be extremely harsh on your hands, especially in winter when your hands are often exposed to the elements like freezing cold winds. Wash your hands with a moisturising soap cleanser and follow up with a rich hand cream, and avoid deodorising hand soap bars as they strip your hands of their natural oils.
Ditch the Makeup Wipes
There are moisturising makeup wipes on the market but there is no substitute for a deep, nourishing cleanser which will remove your makeup without the harmful effects of sulphates and alcohols. Beware of these ingredients as they will strip your skin of its natural oils and leave it feeling dry and dehydrated. Furthermore, using makeup wipes causes friction on your skin’s surface, causing low-grade inflammation and redness.
Although it requires additional effort, using a facial cleansers bequeaths many more benefits for your skin. Facial cleansers, especially those containing glycerin and natural oils are much kinder on your skin, reducing irritation and inflammation. Additionally, even the most mild of facial cleansers provide some sort of exfoliation for your army of dead skin cells, which is essential during the winter when you are experiencing dry skin.