6 Winter Skin Care Tips
Cold weather, wind and central heating all combine to dry out our skin at this time of year. While we’re all dreaming of dewy, glowing skin the reality is usually rather different as we battle dull, tight and uncomfortable skin. Here, in our first of a series of winter skin tips, we’re sharing our top six tips to combat winter skin.
#1 Drink Lots of Water
Dry skin will never be solved just from treating the outside. Drinking plenty of water is one of the best things you can do to look after your skin, so aim for the recommended six to eight glasses of fluid each day. Dehydration will cause the skin to look dull and fine lines to be more prominent so keeping skin plumped hydrated will have a huge effect on its appearance. Go easy on caffeine and alcohol as both are diuretics so can make your dehydration worse. If you need a hot drink try green tea, this will give you hydration along with a good kick of anti-oxidants.
#2 Try a Richer Cream
A lot of lightweight moisturising lotions that are a dream in summer just won’t cut it in the winter months. Try swapping your regular lotion for a thicker, richer cream. Quite a few moisturiser lines will have different richness levels all the way from gels to ultra-rich creams. Look for one that contains ceramides which help protect the skin’s natural barrier. This barrier is easily broken down in winter by dryness and exposure to the elements.
#3 Avoid Very Hot Showers
As tempting as it is in the colder weather to warm up in a nice hot shower try not to crank the heat up too high. Hot showers can cause the skin to really dry out as the natural oils are stripped away. Evaporation once you step out of the water can also worsen dry skin so make sure you moisturise within two or three minutes of getting out of the shower.
#4 Use a Humidifier
With central heating drying out the air in your home, you skin will be losing more moisture than usual. Combat this by using a humidifier in your bedroom at night. This will increase the moisture levels in the air helping to keep your skin’s barrier hydrated while you sleep.
As an added benefit, by keeping the membranes of the mouth and nose hydrated it can help ease the symptoms of colds and flu and may even reduce your susceptibility to bacteria and airborne viruses.
#5 Always Carry Lip Balm
It can be tempting to lick you lips when they’re chapped, dry or tight but this will only make the dryness worse. Make sure you always have a good quality lip balm on hand to use in these moments. This will ensure your lips are nourished and sealed against the environment.
#6 Use SPF
Lastly, and most importantly, remember your SPF. UV rays, in particular the ageing UVA rays, are present throughout the year. This means they will be damaging your skin even if it’s freezing cold and pouring with rain. Make sure you use a product that protects against both UVA and UVB to maximise your protection against the negative effects of sunlight.