When that unpleasant chill called Winter hits, it's time to work on keeping our skin hydrated. Winter is a harsh season for our skin, indoor heating, cold rain and harsh winds, break our skin's protective barrier, making skin constantly dry, flaky and uncomfortable. As the heat indoors is turned on the skin starts to dry out. To avoid dry skin, chapped hands, and cracked soles, here's a few tips to keep your skin hydrated and supple this winter.
Soap free, non-foaming Cleanse
Clean your skin with a moisturising, soap free, cream or oil-based cleanser that leaves a creamy film on your skin, as foaming or soap-based formulas can be too harsh on Winter skin.
Moisture can't get in if dead cells are too plentiful, so don't forget to slough off dead skin cells which helps to increase circulation and encourage cell turnover, therefore brightening the skin and helping moisturiser penetrate better.
While exfoliating in Summer is required more regularly, in Winter you need to ease up a little on the process. Exfoliate your face and body just once a week or once a fortnight, will get you smooth skin without damaging already stressed skin.
Stepping up your moisturiser in Winter can give you extra nourishment. Using a thicker, richer oil based moisturiser at night, rather than using a water-based one will create a protective layer that seals in moisture.
Who doesn't love a serum? A hydrating serum will deeply moisturise your skin, the small molecules allow for more penetration and therefore hydrate more than just the top layer of your skin. Not only can you feel there is an almost immediate effect on the skin after applying a serum, but you also get the benefits that come from boosting antioxidants on the skin. Apply serum underneath your daily moisturiser for best results, allowing a minute or two for the serum to sink in first.
Nope, sunscreen isn't just for the Summer months. Even in Winter you must wear an SPF sunscreen to protect your face and hands. Protecting your skin with sunscreen is on the beauty industry's golden rules, and it applies all year round. Clouds and rain don't stop UV rays coming through and damaging your skin.
Bathtime - Turn Down The Temp
Sure a hot shower or bath seems like one of Winter's most sought after luxuries, especially after being out in the cold. Don't make it too hot, the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, and can lead to loss of moisture, resulting in dry skin.
Applying your moisturiser as soon as you get out of the shower or bath, on damp skin, will help moisture stay on and in your skin. Keep your moisturiser near the bathtub, shower and every sink, and use liberally every time you wash.
Don't forget to love your lips! Cracked dry lips not only look unsightly, but can also be painful. Avoid scented lip products that are heavy on drying ingredients, instead choose a natural, nutrient-rich balm.
Keeping a lip balm readily available at all times ie; in your pocket, car and handbag for constant applications will keep chapped, dry lips at bay while you're on the run.
See our range of Mongo Kiss Lip Balms from Eco Lips, containing organic mongongo oil and fair trade certified cocoa butter.
Chapped, dry hands are the worst! If hands don't get enough moisture nails tend to look like crap, leaving you with dry, rough cuticles. Keep a nourishing hand cream in your hand bag, or office desk etc for quick applications throughout your busy day.
Don't forget your roughed up, dry feet. After gently buffing with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone, slather on some thick, buttery moisturiser. Apply while feet are still damp, and then slip on some socks before hitting the hay for a deeply nourishing treat. Do this for a month and the changes will be magical.
Last but not least, Don't forget to drink! (And sorry, I don't mean alcohol)
Often in Winter, we forget to drink our eight glasses of water a day, as the colder weather doesn't trigger our thirst as the heat does. It is essential, however, to stay hydrated on the inside if you want winter-proof skin. Another great way to make up the millilitres is to drink herbal tea, also great for warming up the body as well.