It’s that time of year again. The cold winter air may be lovely and crisp but the extremes of cold dry air outside, hot air inside coupled with harsh alcohol based hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soap everywhere, is a recipe for a skin catastrophe. With these extremes, it’s no wonder that your skin is begging for relief. Lets look at some pointers in keeping your skin “warm” this winter:
1.See a skincare specialist.
We all like to think we know what’s best for ourselves, but the truth is, the expertise of a skincare specialist can make a world of a difference in how you understand and treat your skin. Book a consult and get recommendations and advice specifically for your skin type. Winter is the best time to kick start your skin’s collagen & elastin production by administering more aggressive skincare treatments that could potentially cause sun sensitivity within the first couple of weeks.
2.Moisturise like you’ve never before!
We typically advise having a different skincare regimen for the summer & winter, because your skin has different needs depending on its environment. Upgrade to a thicker, if not oil-based (depending on your skin type, of course!) daily moisturizer to help nourish, hydrate and protect the skin from harsh conditions outdoors. In winter, you add extra layers of clothes to protect your body, so why not add extra layers of skincare products?
3.Use a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen.
We all know the benefits of protection from the sun; too many people make the mistake of limiting sunscreens just for the summer months. Damaging UV rays are present year-round.
4.Get a Humidifier…
One of the biggest culprits of that dreaded dry itchy skin is not in fact the cold, but home heating, which blasts dry hot air through your home or office space. The best way to counter-act this is a humidifier. This will keep the moisture levels in your space or spaces moist, and healthier for your skin.
5.No Hot Baths
Yes, I know that seems oh so tempting to jump straight in to a hot bath as soon as you arrive home from a day in the cold, but don’t… heat actually dries out your skin, your best served by bathing in warm comfortable water.
6.Dress in layers.
The most common triggers of the scratch/itch cycle are sweating and overheating. Wearing layers allows you to remove clothing as needed to prevent overheating. Be sure to wear loose-fitting cotton fabrics next to your skin. The skin on the hands, neck & upper chest often shows signs of aging before any other area of the body. A scarf & gloves will protect this delicate area from harsh winter weather and help ward off wintertime chills and sniffles.
With the right skincare, winter doesn’t have to mean an end to the soft and silky skin you enjoyed all summer long. Choose products and accessories to suit your individual personality and skin type and winter may become your new favorite seasons!