How to take care of skin during winter
As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, our skin can become drier. To tackle this it is important to review your current routine to ensure your skin has the adequate hydration it needs during the colder period.
Firstly it’s important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
When it’s cold outside we often forget to drink enough water throughout the day, but this is in fact key because low humidity is most likely to strip our skin of its moisture. Additionally, central heating dries the air, which in turn can dry the skin. Keep rooms at a lower temperature and wear additional layers. You’ll save on fuel bills too!
Secondly, Keep up a consistent routine suitable for your skin type; Use a cleanser to get rid of built-up dirt, impurities and pollutants both morning and evening.
Consider chemical exfoliants
The physical exfoliants that are a popular choice during the summer months can be too harsh for winter, leaving delicate skin exposed to a more challenging environment. If your skin is a more tolerant skin type and not easily reactive follow your cleanser with a gentle exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, it will also stimulate your skin to regenerate new healthy skin cells. These gentle exfoliants are far better alternatives in the winter months than scrubs which can damage skin and cause further moisture loss and more dryness.
For all skin types it is important to include a moisturiser in your routine, if you are using actives such as BHA’s like salicylic acid or retinoids and they are causing skin to feel dry, apply a thin layer of moisturiser first before applying your actives. It is best to opt for moisturisers in the winter months that contain ceramides to help strengthen he skin barrier and retain moisture and that are non comedogenic.
Sun Protection Matters
Remember that UV rays are harmful all year round, especially when reflected on snowy surfaces, so never leave home without applying your sunscreen. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Use tepid water
Although it’s tempting to warm up with a hot wash, hotter water can dry the skin, stripping it of natural oils. Keep water tepid for best results.
Use cleansers, not soap
Serum nourishes the skin
Perfect for providing skin cells with beneficial vitamins and antioxidants, the right serum is a great way of dealing with individual skin problems. A hydrating serum can work well on dry and combination skin types; oilier skins benefit from a serum that hydrates at the same time as lowering sebum production.
Although many people are keen to ask, what does my skin need during the winter months, the reality is that it varies depending on the type of skin you have. Take our skin quiz or speak with a Skinora doctor to get an accurate skin diagnosis. This can help you find the products that will give your skin the nutrients it needs to stay in optimal shape.
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