Winter Skincare Tips

Winter weather is not good for skin. With the combination of cold weather and dry air, moisture can quickly escape, leaving behind dry and dull skin. Without proper care, dry skin can lead to cracking and stubborn dry patches which can be hard to get rid of.

Harsh winter winds and weather can make skin problems worse, with indoor heat further robbing the air of moisture. Additional moisture can help, but there are ways that you can reduce problematic skin issues to keep skin looking healthy.

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Use Warm Water

When it’s freezing outside, it can be tempting to have a hot shower and bath. But, if want to care for your skin then use lukewarm water to shower in and wash your face. Hot showers and baths can quickly dry out your skin and, if you don’t moisturize afterwards, you can develop cracks and eczema. Choose a moisturizer that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid to prevent skin dryness and keep your skin’s moisture barrier intact.

Bath time is a great chance to re-hydrate your skin. Not only is it time for you to relax and switch off, but you can truly pay attention to your skin during a soak. If you suffer from eczema, bath oils can help to gently soothe skin and reduce itching and discomfort. The steam from the warm bath water will also help your skin to de-clog and breathe.

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Choose Skin Care Products Wisely

What keeps your skin happy in summer can often cause havoc in the winter, so you need to change your skin products according to the seasons. The key to having healthy skin in the winter is to use mild skin care products. Cleansers that include moisturizers will avoid stripping the natural moisture from your skin.

If you suffer from acne or spot breakouts, try to use products that contain ceramides or hyaluronic acid to help repair the missing or broken skin moisture barrier. Stay away from harsh peels and masks and products that contain alcohol.

Thanks to heavy Halloween glitter makeup and Christmas party makeup, your skin can soon become dry and dull in the winter after all the parties and occasions planned during the season. Choosing the skincare products that are right for you and which protect your skin is vital in the run-up to the occasions and in the days following.

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Stay Hydrated

Your skin is bound to become more sensitive and dry once winter sets in. Thanks to central heating and dry air, it’s important that you stay hydrated to keep your skin in its best condition.

Gentle cleansing is essential during winter, as you need to keep your skin’s moisture barrier as healthy as possible so that it retains as much moisture as it can. If your skin feels tight after washing, then it is likely that the cleanser is disrupting your skin barrier. Your skin should feel calm, hydrated and soft after washing, so if you’re immediately reaching for your moisturizer then you may need to switch cleanser.

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Don’t Over Exfoliate

Exfoliation is important as it assists your body in getting rid of any dead skin cells. But, in the winter, you need to be careful as your skin barrier will already be damaged thanks to the cold and dry weather. Aim to exfoliate once a week, as this will help skin regeneration and help products to absorb better into your skin.

If you suffer from dry skin, avoid exfoliation completely. There are many different kinds of exfoliators available and it’s best to choose one that will suit your skin type and condition. Natural exfoliators are increasing in popularity and are becoming more readily available to buy. Exfoliators can vary widely in harshness, so you may need to buy a gentle one for your face and a different one for the rest of your body.