Skin needs extra help in the winter:
With the weather turning gradually colder over the next few weeks, it’s important to know how best to take care of your skin over the winter period. Particularly the combination of cold and wind can dry out the skin. We’ve put together a few tips to help you take good care of your skin in the cold weather.
- One of the main challenges for winter skincare is combating the drying effect of central heating in our homes. You could consider using a system to add moisture to the air. One method is to leave bowls of water near radiators in your home. Another option is to get a humidifier.
- Frequent hot showers and baths can remove natural oils from your skin and make it dry out more quickly. Consider avoiding perfumed soap products and skincare products which contain alcohol, as these may dry out the skin further. In addition, patting the skin dry can avoid the irritation sometimes caused by rubbing at the skin. Moisturising while the skin is still damp can also help lock in the moisturising benefits. Bio Oil can help to replenish skin’s natural oils and also helps to combat the effects of extreme weather, making it a good winter skincare choice.
- If you do not normally suffer from particularly dry skin throughout the year and only use a light moisturiser, consider adding a richer night cream to your skincare routine to avoid it drying out in the winter. Check if your day cream is providing you with adequate sun protection too.
- If you are going to be doing winter sports this winter, it is key to apply a good sunscreen regularly in order to avoid sunburn. This is especially important in the mountains, as the amount of UV radiation that reaches the surface of the earth increases by up to 5% for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Any exposed areas of skin, commonly the chin, nose, cheeks and ears are at high risk of sunburn. It is recommended that you take a small bottle of sunscreen with you so you can regularly top up your sun protection on all exposed areas, which is especially important if you have been wiping off sweat.
- Choose a lip balm that has SPF protection and reapply regularly to prevent both chapping and sun damage.
- If the cold weather starts to take its toll on your feet and they become dry and cracked, this is a sign that you need to overhaul your footcare routine. Flexitol is a popular choice for cracked heels.
- Keep conditioning your hair over the winter season so that it maintains its shine.
- Re-assess if your skincare routine is suitable for your age and environment. As your skin ages, its problem areas and needs may change too. If you live in a busy city for example, it may be exposed to more pollutants, so you will need a skincare product which helps to counteract this.
- To help prevent your hands from suffering in the colder weather, wear gloves when the temperatures drop outside to protect your skin from the elements, especially if you suffer from eczema. However, if your hands start to sweat it is best to cool them down, as sweat can exacerbate the itching associated with eczema.