Dry, tight and irritated skin? Say hello to winter.
Cooler temperatures, coupled with low humidity levels can cause havoc on your skin. Skincare is as seasonal as your wardrobe, so during the cooler months it's important to layer your products and give your skin some extra hydration. By making small adjustments to your daily routine and incorporating a few new ideas, you'll be on your way to happily hydrated winter skin.
Lock in moisture and give your skin time to heal by moisturising twice a day. Prof Derek Richard
recommends using a serum and day cream
to keep the elements at bay.
"Use a serum twice a day, which will restore the health of cells and apply a day cream which protects the skin from further damage."
Prof. Derek Richard
Don't be tempted to turn up the heater.
High air temperatures remove moisture from your skin, depleting the protective barrier and increasing dryness, redness and irritation.
Instead, opt for a humidifier to put that much-needed moisture back into the air and help your skin from drying out.
3. Avoid scalding hot showers
Although it's very tempting on those cold mornings, hot water strips your skin of much needed moisture.
Instead opt for a bath with a couple of drops of essential oils, this will give your skin a great opportunity to hydrate and is also very relaxing.
4. Stay hydrated
Drink lots of water and regularly. Prof. Derek Richard
explains that when we consume water, our body takes it straight to the vital organs to protect them, so if we don’t consume enough water, our skin misses out as our vital organs are first in line.
Common signs of dehydrated skin include dullness, itchiness and increased sensitivity.
5. Don't forget sunscreen
UV exposure accounts for up to 80% of the visible signs of skin ageing so even though the sun may not be out, UV rays are still doing damage to your skin.
Use an SPF all year round on top of your moisturiser, even at-home.
6. Switch it up!
Cleansers can be extremely drying on the skin so swap your glycolic or acid based cleanser for a gentler cream or gel based cleanser.
7. Kiss dry lips goodbye
Include your lips in your daily skincare routine, especially in the evening. Apply a night cream to your lips so they can repair while you sleep.
Keep your lips moist throughout the day by regularly applying a lip balm that contains hydrating ingredients like Avocado Oil or Shea Butter.
8. We DO want scrubs
Skin can look a little dull in winter but you can assist the cellular turnover by gently exfoliating and buffing away that dead skin cell layer with a manual exfoliant.
Now is the season to try a hydration mask.
If you don't have a mask on hand, you can make your own by doubling the recommended amount of moisturiser, serum or even toner for your very own at home mask.
Our pH Balance Gel Toner is a thick gel consistency and doubles as an ultra hydrating mask when layered on your skin and left for 10 minutes.
10. Add a serum
Boost the efficiency of your moisturiser by adding a Hyaluronic or Vitamin C based serum to your routine to help brighten dull winter skin.