I don’t know about you but the winter months play such havoc on my skin! I feel like I age years in my face if I don’t do anything about it! It doesn’t help as I near the age of 50 and I begin to be more critical when it comes to the lines on my face! haha It is not just my face though, its my whole body, my skin gets so dry, scaly and then itchy – paints a pretty picture hey. So today, I wanted to give some helpful tips on taking care of your skin in winter months.
In the winter months, your skin’s wellbeing should be made a priority as neglecting to take proper care of your complexion has its consequences, Cold weather can dry the skin leading to dehydration, redness, dermatitis, inflammation, itchiness, and cracking, and can also exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. The change in temperature disrupts the skin’s natural protective barrier which then causes the dehydration.
Let’s start with buffing Your Skin
No matter how many serums and creams are applied, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Find a gentle scrub, something with a mild glycolic or lactic acid to get off the dead skin. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane, which is a small molecular weight which means it is easy to penetrate your skin and is super effective. With it being so small it stimulates fibroblasts in the dermis to produce increased amounts of collagen, and by stimulating collagen production, it helps skin feel firmer and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. For those with raw or severely dry skin, skip the exfoliator and incorporate a wet washcloth instead for a gentler option.
When it comes to cleansing your skin, the resounding top tip is to avoid soap. All soap-based products strip the skin of natural oils and can be extremely drying. Try swapping your soap or shower gel for a soap-free cleanser. You will absolutely notice the difference. Look for a cleanser with gentle surfactants, surfactants are basically the soap – it’s the ingredient that breaks down oils and fats on the skin, also avoid other drying ingredients like fragrances or additives. The cleanser should also be boosted with skin-calming ingredients like allantoin which is a moisturising ingredient to minimise the potentially drying effects of interacting with water.
Don’t miss out on the toning
Toner is your friend during the winter months, not only does toner remove residue that may have been left behind by your cleanser, but it is the first step in moisturizing your skin. But it is important to make sure that the toner you are using isn’t too harsh, and does not contain alcohol in their ingredients. Alcohol is drying on the skin and can make the skin feel tight which is a sign that your skin is too dry. Look for ones which are more hydrating. Applying the right toner will moisturize the skin while creating a shield against bacteria, and normalize pH levels in the skin.
While lighter lotions might quench your skin’s thirst during the summer, your skin is going to need something a little richer in the winter. There are two ingredients your skin will mostly benefit from: and those are hyaluronic acid which is a moisture-binding ingredient that helps keep skin plump and hydrated, and ceramides – which form a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. This should be used both in the morning and evening. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent moisturiser as it retains a 100 times its own weight in water and draws moisture into the skin.
I am also a big believer in collagen products, as we tend to start losing the ability to naturally produce collagen in our bodies from as early at 25 years old, so getting a collagen supplement is a definite must. There are a lot of supplements out on the market at the moment, and if you want my advice on collagen products, read this blog I did recently on the various types of collagen.
Different skin types will require different types of product. Just like other skincare products, choosing the moisturizer that’s appropriate for you will require a lot of trial and error. you’ll know when you’ve found the right one for you.
Dry Sensative Skin
For dry sensitive skin apply a moisturiser at least twice a day. You will soothe and improve skin texture. Also, For very dry skin during winter use a seriously hydrating moisturizer, a thicker cream or ointment (always apply them in the direction of hair growth as rubbing them the other way will plug hair follicles and lead to spots) As mentioned above, make sure the moisturizer contains HA (hyaluronice acid) and ceramides. And for severely chapped faces, pack on a heft amount of product morning and night.
Let’s not forget UV protection
Even though it is cold out there, you should still use sun protection too. So if you don’t have a moisturiser that has UV protection in it, then you should apply high factor and creamier sunblock on exposed areas. Protecting your skin from harmful sun rays is crucial if you want to maintain healthy skin in the long run.
One final tip …
The drier the air, the drier the skin. To maximize the amount of water in the air why not place a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time, which, I don’t know about you, but with this whole covid pandemic going on, for us is the lounge. A cool air humidifier increases the moisture level in the air, helping skin to stay hydrated. Also, try keep the heating on a low or a moderate temperature to avoid extra dryness in the air. – Dyson have the best purifiers and humidifiers, not cheap but worth every penny/cent. I have added some links to a couple of the Dyson products below.
Also below, are products I use daily and highly recommend. I have a normal skin type, with an oily T Zone. These work perfectly for my skin, and I cannot recommend the collagen enough, it really is the bees knees when it comes to collagen 😉
I hope you’ve found this helpful, and here’s to looking after our skin and our future selves 😉