Tackling Winter Skin

winter can be harsh on sensitive skin, here’s my top tips to keeping you fresh faced!

I love summer, I love the sun and the warm nights and the endless fun I seem to have when the weather is warmer. But when Winter comes around I love that just as much. I love the snow, Christmas lights and bonfires. The one thing I don’t love about Winter is my skin in Winter.

Winter can wreak havoc on your skin — making it dry, itchy, and irritated. And it can feel like there’s no escape: Cold, blustery conditions outside can leave your skin feeling raw, while indoor heat zaps moisture from the air and from your skin.

So I’ve compiled my top tips for keeping your skin in the best possible conditions during the colder months.

Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

1. Invest multiple hand creams 

My hands and lips are the first things to suffer when it gets colder. To keep dry knuckles at bay I keep a few hand creams dotted around so i am never far away from some relief. One in my desk at work, one at home and one in my handbag usually does the trick – you can get really cheap ones at your local drug store. My current favourite is Tropic’s Superfood Hand therapy

Also, it’s important to moisturise your hands after washing up because this really dries them out! Or better still – wear gloves as well to stop them drying out too much in the first place.

2. Lower the Thermostat to Avoid Dryness

When it’s chilly outside, what’s the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable setting – your skin will thank you for it.

3. Modify Your Facial Skin-Care Regimen for the Season

During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Any skincare products that contain alcohol, can dry your skin out further. When your skin is dry and itchy, try and stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances in order to help skin retain its natural oils. At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.

The wrong soap can really irritate itchy, dry skin. I always look at the ingredients of face washes etc. so I can avoid anything including fragrances or irritable ingredients. Instead, wash with a more sensitive, moisturizing cleanser or gel. Look for products specifically labelled “fragrance-free. You can also prevent drying your skin out in Winter by generally using less soap overall.

And don’t forget your lips. Applying a moisturizing balm can help heal dry, cracked lips and keep them from getting chapped.

My favourite for really dry winter lips is the Body Shops Hemp Lip Balm. In fact, the whole hemp range is really good for very dry skin, you can find it here <<<

4. Limit Shower Time and Temperature

I know after a really cold day it’s nice to have a lovely long warm shower, however, skin will be much better with a cooler temperature shower.

You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands — if the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot. Washing your hands in cooler water is much less irritating to the skin.

5. Apply Sunscreen — all year round!

This is more of a general skincare good practise. Even on days when the sun isn’t scorching its a good idea to wear suncream under your make up. Sun is a major cause of ageing and if you can get into the habit of putting on suncream your skin will thank you for it,

And don’t be fooled by darker, dreary days in winter, either. The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage. Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.

6. Eat Right & Stay Hydrated

Diet and hydration are important for healthy skin all year round -, especially in Winter. By eating the best foods you’re giving your skin a fighting chance ANDDDD hydration is literally the most important thing to help dry skin.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation works wonders during the winter months, as it removes all the dry and dead skin cells that lead to dull skin, to reveal a healthier complexion. Be sure you check the ingredients in your winter scrub. While natural ingredients like orange and neem work well for the summer, look for ingredients like apricot, Argan oil, wheat germ oil and walnut in your winter scrubs. These ingredients help in moisturizing as well as removing flaky dead skin.

7. Face masks to the rescue

When my skin gets particularly dry and irritated I love using moisture face masks. The one I tried most recently was the Garnier – moisture bomb face masks and I loved it. You leave it on for 15 minutes and I felt like I’d had a facial after. For only £1,99 it was a steal too!

Here are a few other masks I love for keeping my skin healthy in winter:

GLAMGLOW – ‘Thirstymud™’ hydrating treatment cream

Gold Revitalizing Luxury Bio Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask

Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask

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Alongside my usual winter skincare product recommendations these are my top tips for looking after your skin when the weather is cold and horrible!

♥️ Thank you so much for reading ♥️

Curls & Pearls

Xx

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