Ready, Steady – Winter Skin Here We Come!
Category : Beauty
How to get your skin ready for winter
Winter is here again, no more summer days at the beach, at least for a while. The cold weather and change in season can be harsh on the skin. Because we tend to stay more indoors with heaters on, it tends to dry the skin out. Not only the winter conditions affect our skin, but most of us also tend to eat a little more. Some of the foods also lean towards being more sugary and fatty.
Luckily there are some things you can do to protect yourself and your skin. Help cure the winter Blues with these useful tips on how to get your skin ready for winter:
Skin Creams instead of Lotions
Thicker face creams with higher oil content will help to protect your skin from dryness. The creams leave more of a barrier that protects your skin from the harsh environment. These creams are also great to put on at night just before bedtime; you won’t wake up with dry and flaky skin. If you have a really dry skin, try to apply some moisturiser over lunch time during the day for added benefit.
Don’t forget about your sunscreen, just because its winter doesn’t mean you should skip using this product. Your skin can burn just as easily under a winter sun. Make sure your face cream has an SPF of at 15 or buy a separate sunscreen product and apply before heading outdoors.
“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life”
Scrubs can be used for your face and body. Exfoliating regularly can help to remove any dead skin cells. Many professional skincare therapists recommend exfoliating about three times in the week during winter time. Since the cold winter air can cause dry and cracked skin don’t forget to scrub your lip area, hands and feet. Using a scrub also enhances the moisturising effect of skin creams.
Take a shorter shower
This is great news for those who wish to save water as well. I know it is nice to sit under hot running water in winter time, but having shorter showers can help to prevent your skin from losing too much moisture. In the shower use a moisturising body wash or gel and when you are finished gently pat your skin dry. Apply your preferred body moisturiser after the shower to help moisturise your skin more.
Don’t forget your Hands
Many people don’t think about their hands and how important it is to look after them as well. Make sure to apply moisturiser regularly especially if you wash your hands regularly. Wearing gloves in winter time can help to protect your hands from the cold.
Winter Eating Habits
How you look after yourself and what you eat and drink, affects your skin. The skin is an organ, it requires vitamins, minerals and a good diet to keep looking healthy. We all know what too much sugar and refined carbohydrates will do, not only to our midsection, but also to our skin. Combine bad eating habits with stress and this can cause the skin to break out. Cold Sores and acne can be a problem. Try to avoid eating too much processed food and fast foods. Stick to a healthy diet with plenty of greens, fish and healthy fats. I am not saying avoid all the bad things completely, every now and again a hot chocolate with some marshmallows is just what you need on a cold winter night.
“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle”
Drink plenty of water
This is not easy for many people, especially during the colder months, but drinking plenty of water is a must to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is essential to maintain a healthy body and skin. Water helps to get rid of toxins in the body and aids in skin elasticity. Try to avoid too much coffee or caffeinated drinks. If you find drinking plain cold water difficult, maybe try herbal teas instead. There is such a variety of different blends available, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something you like.
Combat dry air indoors
The air dries out in winter, but air conditioning in office buildings also adds to this effect. By using a humidifier you can help to reduce this effect. Keep it close to you on your desk or next to your bed at night.
Sometimes maintaining a beauty routine can be a challenge, but preventing any of the skin problems during the winter months, it is worth sticking to a beauty routine. You can enjoy a healthy and radiant looking skin even during the winter months.
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