Once again November has arrived, we gained an hours sleep but it is both dark when we leave home and dark when we arrive back. We had been warned but winter has well and truly come. As we navigate our way through a drop in temperature, an increase in artificial heat, Christmas parties and New Year jubilations, there are steps that we can (and 2 should) take so that when we inevitably come out the other side we resemble the butterfly and not the caterpillar.
Winter presents a myriad of issues for our skin, the primary one being an attack on moisture, aided and abetted by cold weather, low humidity and central heating. The constant onslaught, whether inside or out, leaves skin looking lacklustre, dry and in many cases chapped and in need of some TLC.
Modify your skin care routine and product range. What you implemented during the summer and autumnal months is just not going to cut it against the onslaught winter has in store. The key is using products that are going to be gentle on your skin. Cream based cleansers for added moisture, long lasting facial moisturisers and products with essential oils are going to go some way in counteracting the effects of harsh weather and artificial heating.
The first thing that you may want to do after facing the blustery cold is to take a hot shower, however, this can be counter productive. Hot water strips the skin of it’s natural oils thus leaving it dry. Whist we are by no means recommending military style cold showers do consider turning the notch down a tad and save on the steam room experience. Once you’re clean the next step is moisturising; applying your moisturiser to damp skin seals in the moisture and leaves you feeling supple. The type of moisturiser you choose will have an effect on the longevity, so choose wisely. Something heavyweight with a luxurious feel is going to feel good on application and last the day, but be sure to avoid moisturisers with petroleum based ingredients as these can increase dryness. Moisture isn’t reserved solely for skin, a good lip balm is going to keep chapped dry lips at bay.
Out with the old and in with the new is a phrase we like to apply to our lifestyles semi regularly but it goes for skin too! Buff away old, tired, dry skin and make way for the regeneration of new skin cells. Exfoliate paying particular attention to the face, lips and hands (separate products of course!) as these extremities are constantly subject to the elements when you’re out and about and again when you’re
SPF protection. Yes you heard us correctly. In the dark fros of winter in these here British Isles your skin needs 3 protection from those pesky UVA and UVB rays, even when the sun is at bay we are sill as risk of their irreversible damage.
H2O! We cannot stress the significance water has on creating and maintaining beautiful skin. The weather may have us averse to drinking it cold but it is essential to our hydration both inside and out. Increase your uptake by drinking green and herbal teas or by taking your water warm infused with lemon or citrus. Water plumps the skin, encourages collagen production and the regeneration of skin, it’s literally the fountain of youth! So whatever you do, ensure that you are drinking water.
Whilst there is no (permanent) getting away from the elements, we can minimise their effects by revising our skin care routine and essential maintenance.