Our winter skincare routine
As we transition from the beautiful and colourful autumn season, we are going into the less-colourful, less-warm but very much favourite winter season. Although we associate it with the holidays and the inner happiness that it brings, winter and the cold can be very damaging to the skin if we do not take care of it the proper way. Uncomfortable dryness, redness and exacerbation of existing problems are well-known during the cold period of the year. That is why, we want to present to you five ways to change and improve your winter skincare routine, so you can enjoy the holidays in peace, with the best skin of your life.
Hydrating like there’s no tomorrow
You may think that the regular moisturizer that works just fine during the other season would work as well. However, during the winter season, our skin is at its most fragile state and needs an extra boost. Seek a moisturizer that is not water or gel based, preferably oil-based since it provides a protective layer that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Be careful with the oils though, almond and avocado might be a good idea, however shea can clog pores, so make sure that you are making the right choice. We strongly recommend over-moisturising, rather than under-moisturising, even if your skin is oilier than normal – the cold will soak up the moisture fast so you won’t look like a greaseball.
SPF is not just for summer
We tend to associate SPF with the summer season, since we are trying to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. However, when the sun in winter is harsh and it reflects in the pale white snow, it can damage the skin massively. About half an hour before you go outside, it is useful to apply an SPF on top of the moisturizer and you will notice a difference overtime.
Leave the alcohol containing products (that should not be there in the first place) and replace all of your skincare with mild cleansers, hydrating masks and moisture inducing products (see tip one). Seeing your dermatologist more often would be a good idea, as they can provide to you uniquely tailored treatments that could improve elasticity and softness of your skin with the help of hydration-inducement.
Happy feet, happy hands
The skin on your hands is very thin and it is hard to attract moisture to it, especially when we are bracing the cold season. The skin on our hands itches and cracks, no matter what age. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause. Slather on hand creams that are natural-ingredient based. For your feet, you can heavily rely on the ancient Chinese treatment Reflexology. It not only provides relaxation and makes your feet ready for the cold, but it also targets different parts of your body. Oh, and lastly.. never wear wet gloves or socks!
Humidify your life
Dry air throughout our homes and offices can be a nightmare in the winter season. Place a humidifier to get more moisture in the air and prevent your skin from drying out. While it’s tempting to go tropical for fewer wrinkles, ideally, the humidity levels in your home should be between 30 and 50 percent, according to clinics and research.
The best season for rejuvenating peels is actually during the winter. There is minimal risk for post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation and you can cover up the gentle scaling with nourishing moisturisers and post-peel products. Definitely consider doing this two weeks before the party season in order to have glowing skin for your special occasion.