Keep your skin happy this winter
Remember that itchy, dry, dull and lifeless skin? Those chapped lips? Cracked feet? Yep, it’s almost that time again.
With winter slowly creeping in, not everyone’s skin takes well this change in seasons, so it’s time to consider switching up your skincare routine to help guard your skin against the cold dry winter air and keep it hydrated and radiant even on the coldest of days.
These same conditions will cause your hair to become more brittle and frizzier because there is no extra humidity in the air. Remember to use hair masks, treatments, and moisturiser or oil your scalp and keep your hair hydrated.
Here are Few Tips for keeping your skin hydrated this winter
Choose your facial cleansers carefully, many cleansers contain harsh chemicals that can damage rather than nourish the skin. Alcohol and any added fragrances are bad for dry, cracking skin because they strip the skin of its natural oils. Cream-based cleansers help to retain moisture while also removing dirt and make-up from the day. Find a moisturising make-up remover that will do the job for you if you don’t have the energy at the end of the day.
Exfoliating your skin during the winter can be the last thing on your mind when you have dry, itchy skin, but there are benefits to doing so. It not only removes dry, dead skin cells but also aids in the regeneration of new ones. Exfoliating can be beneficial to your skin. Using natural and gentle exfoliators or simple DIY homemade recipes made with popular household ingredients.
- Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
Since cold weather can deplete skin’s natural moisture, it’s a great time to add oils into your routine. Cream-based moisturizers can be effective at penetrating the skin with moisture, but they don’t help to seal it in. Oils, on the other hand, not only penetrate the skin with fine, fatty oils (which the skin adores), but they also help to keep in moisture so it doesn’t evaporate. It’s good to moisturise immediately after washing so you lock in as much moisture as possible.
- Sheet Masks
Mineral oils, clay masks and aggressive acid peels kill cells and significantly reduce the skin-barrier structure, resulting in Transepidermal water loss and skin exposure to the elements. Opt for hydrating sheet masks.
When the winter months arrive, we tend to believe we can stop using SPF. However, just because you aren’t laying out in the sun doesn’t mean you don’t need to cover your skin. Although UV rays are less intense in the winter, SPF is important all year round. Opt for a moisturising sunscreen.
- Take extra care with your eye area and lips
The skin around your eyes and on your lips is thinner, with little or no oil glands to protect you. As a result, using soothing and protective serums and oils around your eyes can help. Using occlusive balms on your lips to build a shield against the elements.
PS: Avoid licking your lips! It’s normal to want to lick your lips to moisten them when they’re dry. However, when you put saliva on your lips, it causes them to dry out quicker, making them even drier in the end. Make use of an ointment-based lip balm. This will seal in moisture and aid in the healing of skin cracks and splits. Look for an ointment with petrolatum, essential oils, or glycerine in it.
- Hand and Foot Lotion
It’s common to overlook the things we don’t see all of the time; our feet are often neglected. So, when it’s time to trade in your strappy sandals for boots, don’t forget to do the same with your skincare items to help your skin get through the colder months. In the winter, frequent handwashing will help keep cold and flu germs at bay, but always follow up with a hand moisturizer.
Kind reminder: Avoid long and hot baths and showers. Remember to change your mask regularly and don’t forget to drink your water!
Written by: Atwelukye Mkusa