How to look after your skin this Winter
For most of us, Winter is incredibly tough on our skin. The cold temperatures and lack of natural light means that a good skincare regime is even more important. Your skin can easily become dehydrated and sore from the dry, cold winds and indoor heat dries it out even further.
Cleansing and hydrating
In winter, we still have to clean our faces, it goes without saying that you should keep your face clean and remove make up. Cleansing the skin removes dirt and oil from the surface of the skin, that otherwise clogs your pores. However, in the winter it is even more important to replace these natural oils that can be lost with cleansing.
These nutrients need to be replaced by using a hydrator or serum. In winter, a small amount of intense serum can do wonders for skin, a more concentrated version of a hydrator. I absolutely love Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum (£12.75), which is ultra-hydrating and doesn’t clog up your pores. In winter, we also forget that the skin still needs to be protected with SPF. A great product to use is Eucerin’s Sun Crème For Face SPF30 (£15)
Harsh exfoliating scrubs and cleansers that may work wonders in the summer, but in winter, especially for those with dry skin, it’s better to use oil-based cleansers and gentle cleansers. Shu Uemura (from £30) do a fantastic range of cleansing oils, which gently take off make up. For a balm, try Eve Lom’s Cleansing Balm (£40). Both cleanse the skin, without the harshness of gel cleansers and exfoliaters.
In winter, those with dry skin and eczema can particularly suffer. Sufferers of eczema usually inherit it, but it is made worse by perfumes and some metals, and usually comes along with asthma and hay fever. However, in the winter, eczema can be made a whole lot worse by central heating, which can make your skin itchy, dry, red and swollen.
It is most important to use eczema products in the winter, as the skin has a lot more to fight against. Speciality creams such as Dermalex Contact Eczema Cream (£11.99), combat symptoms of eczema. Making sure you use fragrance-free moisturisers can also help with this.
Diet can also contribute to eczema, so avoid foods such as simple carbohydrates (White bread, pasta etc), dairy and seafood, and aim for skin-nourishing foods such as avocado and olive oil. Oily fish like salmon and tuna are particularly great for skin as omega 3 promotes skin regeneration.
Skin can become dehydrated, especially in the winter. My number one tip is always to drink at least two litres of water a day. In cold weather it’s easy just to get by on tea and coffee, but act as diuretics and have the counter effect of dehydrating your body.
Water not only gives your complexion a boost, but encourages the production of collagen in the skin, which contributes to plumping and regenerating skin.
Dehydration does not only mean dry skin, but fine lines can often appear on the face when the body is dehydrated, making your skin appear older, and blemishes will be exaggerated and exposed. By drinking water continuously throughout the day, you give your skin a chance to be at its best.
Alcohol is our skin’s worst enemy though, the toxins in alcohol drain away all the nutrients in your body, meaning that skin will appear less bright and nourished. Always make sure if you’ve had a big night to rehydrate completely the next day.
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