Winter is finally here, so as the weather changes you also need to change your Skincare Routine. The harsh weather conditions outside makes the water in your skin evaporate more quickly making your skin dry, combined with the heating inside, the skin becomes even drier. In extreme cases the skin becomes flaky, chapped or cracked. So it is best to switch up your skincare products because what you were using in the summer months may not necessarily be beneficial to your skin now.
Cleansers… can be extremely drying to the skin, start using cream based cleansers and non alcohol based toners as they are more gentle to the skin. Avoid harsh peels, clay masks and products which are alcohol based as they tend to strip vital oils from the skin as well as draw moisture from it.( try Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean, Lancome Galatee Confort, Clinique Comforting Cream Cleanser)
Exfoliate… by cleansing your face with Greek yogurt once a week. It contains lactic acid which helps to get rid of dead skin cells revealing healthy skin cells underneath.
Mask… I find home made masks to be the best. Try egg yolk, honey, avocado, yogurt, bananas, leave on the face for 10 – 30 mines and wash off.
Moisturise… more using oil based moisturisers, look out for products with almond oil, avocado which are great for retaining moisture. Apply your moisturiser within 30 seconds after washing your face to lock in hydration.( try Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25, L’ Occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream, Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream)
Use Sunscreen, Winter sun is just as damaging to the skin as Summer sun!
Lips… Apply Vaseline , my favourite product to use on the lips. It provides a protective barrier and helps to lock in moisture, use it with another SPF lip balm with lanolin a natural moisturiser which softens the skin and reduces evaporation, Vaseline only protects. ( try Vaseline Lip Therapy, Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm, Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15)
For chapped lis apply lots of Vaseline or Olive oil to your lips gently rub sugar in circular motions, or use a soft toothbrush to exfoliate, rinse and apply lip balm.
Drink lots of water… I know it is hard to drink water during this time of the year but it is best to keep skin moisturised from within. I find adding some lemon to warm water helps!
Balanced diet… Eat a balanced diet, remember to eat food high in water content, full of nutrients and vitamins like watermelons, oranges, apples, dark leafy greens, vegetables like celery, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and healthy fats found in fish, nuts, sardines. All these foods help to keep the skin looking healthy.
Wrap up… Wear a scarf to protect your neck and chest, gloves to protect your hands and a hat to protect your hair from drying out from the wind and cold temperatures.
Lukewarm water… Avoid taking long hot baths or showers they strip oils away from the skin, use lukewarm water instead. Add a few drops of grapeseed or olive oil to your bath for soft smooth skin. Moisturise straight after your bath apply to slightly damp skin as this helps to trap water into the skin. It is very important to keep the skin from extreme hot and cold water temperatures. ( try Body Shop Body Butter, Cetaphil, Aveeno)
Exfoliate… Use an exfoliating body wash to get rid of dead skin cells Do Not Do It if the skin is extremely irritated. I use a homemade body scub cup of Brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of Virgin Olive oil 1 tablespoon of freshly on juice. You can use your own measurements just make sure your scrub is gentle on the skin!
Hands and Feet… Hands have very thin skin and tend to loose moisture faster, wear gloves when doing dishes and keep some hand cream by the sink, on your desk at work and in your handbag.
To exfoliate use a pumice stone on your feet to take off rough dead skin so the moisturiser goes deep into the skin. Use lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine and at night wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in moisture until morning. ( try the following hand creams I find them to be very good, Neutogena, Mary Kay, Vaseline intensive Care)
For dry nails apply Olive oil or lotion with lanolin before bed and sleep with gloves.
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