The seasons change so should your skincare. Extreme weather conditions, be it hot or cold, aren’t good for your skin. Harsh winds and chilly weather can be very damaging to the outer layers of the skin. In fact, most damaging is not the cold itself, but the sharp changes in temperature and humidity that we experience when entering or leaving the house. Such changes lead to dehydration of skin cells and disruption of natural defence mechanisms. The skin dries out and starts peeling.
Here are a few tips that will help you keep your skin healthy and glowing during harsh seasons.
- GENTLY CLEAN. In winter skin cleansing should be more delicate so not to damage an already weak epidermis. You should limit scrubs and peelings to once a week and instead use cleansing masks, balms or oils, thus avoiding damaging your skin’s protective barrier.
- DEEPLY HYDRATE. For much needed hydration trade in your moisturising lotions and gels for an oil-based cream or face oil. If you use a nourishing day cream, make sure you apply at least 30 minutes before going out, so that the moisture contained in the cream has time to evaporate leaving only the oily protective film. Night time, when the skin is most susceptible to the efficacy of the skincare, is a great opportunity to quench the thirst of dehydrated skin with natural plant oil. It will help lock in moisture and will nourish the skin while you sleep.
- STAY ACTIVE. This time of year days are shorter and the temptation to stay indoors is greater than ever. It is important to stay active. A brisk 30 minute walk will help you boost your circulation and give your skin the radiant glow.
- NOURISH AND REST. During winter seasons it is important to look after your diet and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Focus on the ones of orange colour, as they are full of much needed beta-carotene. Drink plenty of clean fresh water and get enough rest.
And remember it is the small rituals that we do every day that will yield the biggest results.
Live true, live well, have fun.