Our skin struggles to retain moisture in the colder weather, making hydration even more imperative. Hydrating serums containing Hyaluronic acid help boost moisture levels and helping combat dryness, dehydration and dullness.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
Even the more robust skin types can become more sensitive and subject to dryness or dehydration during winter. Indoor heating and those deliciously hot showers can leave skin feeling tight and dry. It’s also much harder for our bodies to keep hydration levels up throughout winter so switching to a thicker, heavier moisturiser can plump and nourish your skin as well as restore lost moisture.
Yes, even though its freezing outside – UV rays are harmful to our skin all year round and are just as active during winter! Applying an SPF as a final step to your skincare routine provides an extra layer of protection for skin and ensuring our skin barrier stays nice and strong.
Antioxidants If you don’t already, incorporating skincare products that contain topical antioxidants are a great addition to any skincare routine – especially in winter when the elements are harsher. Antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E help fight off nasty free-radicals, combat stressors from the environment and protect our skin.
Lip balm with a sunscreen
There’s not many of us that don’t suffer from annoying dry, chapped lips during winter. I’ve gotten into the routine of making sure I remember to apply a thick, nourishing lip balm at night before bed so that I wake up with hydrated, plump lips. I also make sure to apply a lip balm containing SPF as that helps to prevent any dryness and protect them from those nasty winds!
To keep cleansing as gentle as possible, using a cream cleanser is ideal for winter. Suitable for all skin types (even the most sensitive), a cream cleanser won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Cream cleansers tend to be packed with soothing ingredients that will add an extra layer of moisture to your skin and help protect and strengthen skin barrier.
Exfoliation is important all year round, but it’s imperative during winter. It’s extremely common to experience dry, flaky sensitive skin during the chiller months and exfoliating helps to resurface the skin. I prefer using chemical exfoliants such as AHA’s and BHA’s as they are also humectants, meaning they also work to keep my skin nice and hydrated at the same time as getting rid of those dry flaky bits of dead skin cells!