Winter has kicked off with a chilly bang! And with the cooler weather being so intense, we’ve already started noticing our skin is needing a little extra TLC. Winter skin care necessitates a little extra time and effort due to the harsh conditions that our delicate protective barrier faces.
The skin is exposed to the elements due to the chilly air, the wind, and, in some cases, the sun reflecting off the snow. In colder climates, low humidity is frequent, robbing skin of hydration every second of every day. And there's a lot of dry heat within. It's no wonder our skin often ends up dry flaky and itchy. And once dryness starts skin can more easily crack and bleed.
Our Top 8 Winter Skincare Tips tips will help you avoid these unattractive, painful consequences and keep your skin healthy and happy throughout the winter.
In the winter, switch to an oil-based moisturiser; your skin will thank you. Consider using an overnight deep moisturiser to relieve dry areas including your hands, feet, elbows, knees, and lips. To keep the moisture in all night, wear cotton gloves and socks.
Check out our Moisturising Body Oils to find one that would suit your skin.
It's a good idea to trade in your current body wash for a more moisturizing hydrating cleanser in Winter, particularly if your usual choice contains drying ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid. Your skin will thank you for finding an oil based soap bar or body wash.
All of our Natural Soap Bars are oil based and leave your skin feeling deliciously moisturised.
We could write an entire article about Winter lip care (and maybe we will) but we’ll keep it short here. Your mouth is frequently one of the last things you conceal when going out in the cold. You might not do it at all at times, leaving your lips vulnerable to the harsher winter temperatures.
I am personally guilty of not using my body scrub enough during Winter. The thought of stepping out of that warm stream of water to apply the scrub makes me shiver. But as soon as I’m scrubbed and feeling fabulous I kick myself for leaving it so long. Using an exfoliant with oils will not only get rid of that dry, dead Winter skin but it also gives your skin that much-needed moisture boost.
Coconut oil & almond oil can be found in every one of our Body Scrubs.
Your skin's natural oils also aid to protect and maintain its health. Use warm, not hot, water for bathing or showering. After washing or showering, pat your damp skin and moisturise it before it fully dries.
To counter the drying effects of indoor heat, try using a humidifier. By replenishing moisture in the air and keeping the humidity at an ideal level (about 40-60%) humidifiers help protect your skin when you're indoors. Moisture in the air will be absorbed by your skin. We were gifted a portable one that we can also use in the car and on the desk at work and it is all kinds of amazing.
In other words, keep hydrated. Drinking plenty of H2O has been the key to youthful skin for many celebrities, such as Kendall Jenner. While dermatological experts sit on both sides of the fence about whether or not this actually helps long-term, it can’t hurt to try and get our H2O intake up to the recommended levels.
If you have a skin problem like eczema or psoriasis, avoid any irritants or allergens that you know aggravate your condition in the winter. Also, if you notice your skin drying out to the point of cracking, get some moisturiser on there ASAP.
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