During the colder weather your skin is exposed to many stresses; outside you have the skin drying winds and freezing cold temperatures while indoors you have dehydrating heaters. Keeping your skin in tip-top condition can be a challenge, especially if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema. That’s why we’ve come up with these tip to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy throughout the winter season.
Avoid boiling hot baths and showers
Sure, soaking in a burning hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold but it can actually do more harm than good and completely dry out your skin. Stick to warm baths and showers for a shorter amount of time to ensure skin doesn’t get too dry, and don’t forget to moisturise straight after too!
Wear sun cream
It may seem odd to wear sun cream during the winter, but UVA rays (the ageing rays) are just as powerful all year round. Keep your skin protected with a broad spectrum sun cream on your face and hands (and anywhere else that’s exposed too!).
Use an oil
Oils not only give your skin an extra boost of hydration, but feed your skin too. I love NUDE ProGenius™ Treatment Oil. Rich in omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, this pure and active oil provides a precisely balanced diet for the skin and is instantly absorbed. You can use it on its own or blend into your regular moisturiser or foundation. Simple!
I think moisturising is one of the most important skin care steps, and what worked in the spring and summer, may not be as effective during the winter. Harsh winds and the colder weather can make skin more sensitive than usual. Look for ingredients such as Glycerin and Hyaluronic acid to rehydrate your skin and prevent moisture loss. I am loving Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream – it gives long-lasting, soothing hydration.
It’s all well and good to hydrate your skin from the outside, but the big difference is going to come from the inside. Long ago I learnt about the 80/20 rule: 20% of your skin is in the epidermis, reachable by topical products, while 80% of the skin is the dermis, treatable by what you ingest. Make sure you are eating plenty of water rich foods such as cucumber and broccoli, cold water fish for Essential Fatty Acids, and eggs are full of lecithin, a vital nutritional component that your body needs to repair tissues because it allows the body to build healthy new cells with strong cell membranes.
Look after your lips
I don’t know about you but my lips take a battering during winter, and nothing is more unattractive than dry, sore lips. That’s why I don’t go anywhere without Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 in my handbag – this stuff is a lifesaver! Not only is it great to keep your lips hydrated, the packaging is gorgeous too!