It may just be the tip of your nose and your eyes that are on display when really freezing weather strikes, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put in some effort to keep your skin looking rosy and glowing all year round. In winter, your skin can take a battering with cold winds, wet rain, surprisingly strong sun and of course the fact we tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables at this time of the year. Let’s take a look at your Winter Skin and how to keep it healthy and glowing.
There is plenty you can do to ensure your skin retains its summery good looks and doesn’t succumb to the dreaded winter chapping and dry skin.
Sort out your dry skin
Dry skin is the most common problem that people face in the winter. Those nasty winds and indoor central heating can really play havoc with your moisturising routine. So it makes sense to use a richer moisturiser than usual and to cover up as much as you can.
This means applying your moisturiser day and night and using one that is as rich as your skin can handle. Pay special attention to your nose, lips and exposed areas.
Don’t forget the sunblock
You may not believe it, but the sun in the winter can still cause the damage that can lead to skin cancer. This may seem surprising as the sun appears to be very weak, but even small levels of UV can be harmful. So applying sunblock makes good sense – year round. You may get away with a lower sun protection factor, but we recommend a minimum of 15. If you are going skiing or it has been snowing, be aware that the sunlight will be reflected giving it more strength. It really is possible to get sunburnt after a day on the slopes. Don’t let it happen to you.
Your skin will be harbouring lots of dead dry skin cells that need to be removed. A good exfoliation will do the trick. You can make your own using olive oil and sugar crystals or buy one that contains good moisturising properties.
Eat and drink well
No, we don’t mean that you should make the most of the festive season or your love of warming hot chocolate. You should focus on eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and still drink lots of water – have it warm if this suits you better. Try to eat what is in season and take a multi-vitamin to be on the safe side. Vitamin D is especially useful in winter months.
Your skin will thank you when it is finally exposed when spring rolls around. Don’t forget to carry on some of these good tips in the Summer – especially when it comes to protecting yourself from the UV rays of the sun and avoiding melanomas.