Winter means taking extra care of your skin. Low temperatures, wind, and dry air from heaters are all ingredients for breakouts, irritation and dry skin during the cooler months.
Due to the harsh elements, your skin's natural protection layer finds it difficult to hold on to moist, which makes your skin feel dry and more sensitive. These factors are influencers to ageing skin and irregular skin tone. We summed up the do's and don't to protect your skin this winter.
Things you should do to protect your skin in winter
Cool winter conditions and hot heaters can reduce your skins natural moisture levels, but with cleaning your face and removing your daily makeup and dirt you will help control your skins moisture levels while cleaning and soothing your skin at the same time.
Scrub your skin one or twice a week to remove old skin cells and keep your skin smooth and soft.
3. Be good to your skin
Give your skin a few extra treatments during winter like a hydrating facial mask. Make sure youcheck the ingredients and skip everything that contains harsh chemicals. They will make your skin even drier and duller. Go for an all natural face mask that will make your skin feel soft and fresh.
Drinking extra water is good for your skin, but drinking water alone doesn't keep your skin as moist as it should. Moisturising your skin with the right products is the most important part of your daily winter skin routine. A well-moisturized skin is better protected against dryness, winter elements and dirt. Don't forget to take extra care of your skin around the eyes and your lips as they are the most sensitive parts of your face. Take care of the skin around your eyes with a special eye serum or cream and use a lip balm without harsh ingredients and without extra substances like mint or eucalyptus. If you like to wear lipstick, first apply a hydrating lip balm, and then your lipstick to keep your lips extra moisturised.
If your skin is prone to dryness and irritation, try to avoid dry air caused by heaters, contact with hot water, solvents, harsh and chemical skin care products.
6. Stay active
Winter is the perfect season to snuggle up on the couch with a cup of tea and a blanket, but staying active means stimulation your blood circulation, which is essential for a flawless skin.
7. Use an air moisturiser for your home
During the winter months, the air in your home is less ventilated and drier. Simply put a few cups of water next to your heater and get some fresh air in by opening the windows for a while.
8. Wear natural clothing
Not only your facial skin but also your body skin has to work harder to keep up during winter. Try to wear natural clothing like cotton and bamboo, which allows your skin to breathe.
What not to do when protecting your skin in winter
Here are the things to avoid when taking care of your winter skin as they do more harm than good.
1. Don’t use skin products with harsh ingredients like alcohol, parabens and perfume. These ingredients will interfere with your skin's natural protective layer and will dry out your skin.
2. We all know that taking a warm bath or extra hot shower during these crisp winter days are very inviting but try to avoid them as much as possible to benefit your skin. High temperatures caused by heaters and hot water doing more harm than good for your skin. If you can't resist, use a natural and moisturising shower gel or bath oil.
3. Avoid Stress
Stress has a negative influence on every part of your body, your skin included, so try to relax more and stress less.
4. Skip facial cleaning cloths
How easy they might be, try to use them only when you travel or visit a festival. Facial cloths are harder on your skin than a regular cotton pad and cleansing lotion and you tend to rub more, which can damage your skin. Try to stick with the old fashion cotton pad and a good cleaning lotion.
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