This season is a busy one and all too often we are rushing around getting everything ready for Christmas day. It’s all too easy to neglect ourselves and our skin, plus winter isn’t a very forgiving time and misguided skin care routine can lead to dry, scaly skin.
Would you like to hear my top 8 mistakes to avoid with our winter skincare routine? Yes? Keep reading.
1. INCORPORATING HARSH SCRUBS
It’s common knowledge that exfoliating is key to brightening dull skin. However there is such a thing as too harsh when it comes to exfoliation, especially in winter.
Overly harsh exfoliation in winter, when skin is dry and more sensitive, can be damaging and counterproductive. When the humidity drops, the skin’s natural barrier can be disrupted, leading to redness, itching and increased sensitivity.
Swap aggressive scrubs that you may have used in the summer for gentler options such as an enzyme scrub which are much gentler on the skin, they also contain anti inflammatories. If you are very sensitive and have an impaired protective barrier or have Rosacea or Eczema avoid exfoliating completely. Acne skin is better with Salicylic acid and Retinoids at night to help the skin rather than anything that might over stimulate oil production or spread bacteria on the skin.*
2. DITCHING THE SPF
It’s important to continue using an SPF, where you may have been very diligent in applying it in the summer, it can be easy to forget that the winter’s sun rays can be just as damaging.
Harmful UVB rays can damage the skin equally in winter as during summer. Especially if snow and ice are present, this can increase reflection and amplify the sun’s negatives effect. Ensure you are still applying a good sunscreen under make up. It can be a lower SPF such as 20 or 25 SPF.
3. CLEANSING WITH VERY HOT OR COLD WATER
During winter it can be very tempting to use very hot water on one’s skin. Unfortunately, hot water can be extremely drying and heightened skin sensitivity. Winter saps the skin of moisture as it is. Cleansing with very hot water will make matters even worse. That said cold water is equally not good as it can break capillaries in the skin, my advice is to use lukewarm/tepid water.
4. WAITING TOO LONG TO MOISTURISE
During cleansing the skin starts to absorb moisture from the water. If a moisturiser is applied directly afterwards, the barrier it creates will lock in the moisture. However if one waits too long after cleansing the absorbed moisture will evaporate out, leaving the skin drier than it was before.
5. NOT SWAPPING FOR A RICHER MOISTURISER
If you have a dry skin naturally you may need to incorporate a rejuvenating and rich moisturiser during the winter months or apply a richer one at night. If you have an oily skin I would recommend an oil free moisturiser as you will not want to increase excess oil, rather increase the water content with a hydrating moisturiser. Combination skin should opt for a balancing moisturiser.
6. NOT CATERING FOR THE LIPS
One of the most common skin conditions triggered by cold weather is chapped lips. As the skin of the lips does not have pores or oil glands, it is especially susceptible to the drying effects of winter conditions. Remember to protect the delicate lips with a moisturising and protective lip product. I love Glo Lip Revive from Glo Skin Beauty.
7. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
What do hydration and beauty have in common? For one they both start from the inside out. One of the key components to combat dry skin is hydrating and drinking water. When the body is dehydrated so is the skin. This can lead to fine lines and overall dryness. To enjoy having glowing skin I would recommend 2 litres a day, try to carry water around with you so that you are not caught out.
8. NOT GETTING ENOUGH ESSENTIAL FATS
Lastly but very importantly studies have shown that adding essential fats such as omega-3 (found in salmon and other fish) and omega-6 (found in evening primrose oil) to your diet may help replenish your skin’s natural oils.
*Acne skin needs a specific skin care regime, please get in touch if you need help.
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