Skincare Tips For The Winter Months
Updated: Mar 3, 2021
The days are darker, the temperature has dropped and, let's face it, things aren't going to warm up anytime soon. Winter is well and truly upon us, and with it, a host of weather-dependent skin issues arise.
Winter plays a cruel game with our skin. The natural moisture on your skin makes your face icy cold, but you need that extra moisture for when you’re inside and the heating is drying skin out!
From dry skin and chapped lips, to lacklustre tone and face mask induced breakouts, there's an array of skin problems that crop up periodically without adequate prep and care. Luckily, with a few minor tweaks to your existing regime, involving products you already have, it's easy to ward off unwanted skin problems and keep your complexion glowing and healthy all season long.
Here are some useful winter skincare tips to see you through the cooler months...
Keep Moisture In The Air
Our skin is the barrier that keeps water inside of your body, so when it is dry and cold, water evaporates off of the surface faster and easier. To prevent dryness, i recommended using a humidifier. Humidifiers are a great way to add moisture back into your home, especially if you’re prone to blasting the heat up! I love to add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to my humidifier which brings a breath of freshness to the air.
Avoid Hot Showers And Baths
In the winter months, taking hot showers and not moisturising can create cracks in the surface of the skin. Hot water evaporates fast, and if the skin is not immediately moisturised, the cracks in the skin let the skin nerves get exposed to air, resulting in what feels like lots of paper cuts and eczema, or 'winter’s itch'.
I know it sounds like common sense, but when the weather is cold, the thing we want to do is come home after a long walk and take a hot shower or bath - noting that water that’s too hot actually dehydrates our skin.
If you do indulge in a hot shower or bath, keep your bathroom door closed if possible, and after you dry, moisturiser. I also recommended looking for body products with ceramides as well as hyaluronic acid, to keep the barrier of your skin from losing a lot of water.
Check the Temperature
It may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, but your skin will be much better-served with a 5- to 10-minute lukewarm shower (or bath). You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands — if the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot.
Washing your hands in cooler water appears to be as effective at removing germs as warm water and is less irritating to skin. And if you're using a restroom air hand-dryer, use it just until your hands are damp rather than perfectly dry and then pop on a hydrating hand cream to prevent further dryness and skin breakage.
You still need SPF
Just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean you should put away your suncream. Whilst there is less UVB around in winte