Tips to combat winter skin and keep a healthy glow this party season…
Tis the season to be glowing! Its that time of year ladies and gents, parties and events are filling our calendars and of course the New Year is closing in on us, all of which are likely documented by infamous selfies and group snaps a plenty. Not to mention the winter cold can bring about many changes in the way your skin looks and feels…
But fear not, we have you covered with some of our skin survival tips to ensure that your skin is not ravaged by the cold winter weather and stays looking fresh, glowing and party ready throughout.
Dry air is caused by cold weather and low humidity levels which strips the skin of precious moisture. Without prompt care and attention this can lead to cracking and bleeding. Central heating is another factor which tends to be overlooked when trying to retain skins moisture, as do hot baths, showers and harsh cleansers.
To keep skin looking smooth and youthful you need to counteract these effects to reduce itching, chapping and redness… here are our tips to keep your skin at its best and feeling more comfortable this season.
Clean with Lukewarm Water
Hot baths and showers feel great during winter, but whenever you can, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin of its all important oils which help to protect your skin and keep it soft and supple.
Moisturise Directly Afterwards
Moisture is essential right after you wash and applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle handy near the bathtub and don’t be afraid to use liberally overtime you wash your face.
Consider Moisturiser Carefully
Petroleum-based ingredients within some over-the-counter moisturisers can further dry your skin through the winter months. A smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients would be a safer choice. Opt for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution as its more likely to help skin retain moisture during winter. Try Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cream, a highly moisturising cream which helps to soothe and condition painfully dry skin and contains Glycolic acid as well as Hyaluronic acid for added glow.
Protect your Skin
Pull out your stylish gloves and scarves to help protect skin from cold winds, rain and snow. Another important factor… sunscreen! Winter sun can easily be overlooked, but it can also be just as damaging as the summer sun, apply a safe option such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to exposed areas. Try Obagi Sun Shield SPF50 for example.
Consider Humidity to avoid Dehydration
Central heating systems dry out the air, consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly where you sleep, this will put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
Drink water for Hydration
We tend to turn mostly toward hot drinks during winter which leaves out our much needed water intake but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from both the inside and out. Try swapping your hot cocoa for a little warm water with lemon. This tasty substitute can be refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
Exfoliate Skin Care
Its easy to forget to help the skin shed off dead cells during winter, particularly on our hands. Yet if dead cells are plentiful, moisture can’t penetrate. Find an exfoliating mask, such as Jan Marini’s ‘Sugar Plum’ to use on both your face and hands, as well as gently on your lips. Be sure to follow immediately with moisture so that a smoother appearance can be seen. Try a microdermabrasion or Obagi Blue Radiance skin peel to accelerate the growth of new skin.
Chemicals – Avoid Toxins, Allergens and Irritants to Protect your Skin
Especially if you have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, you should avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoiding fabrics that may irritate your skin (like wool) and chemical laden detergents would be a good tip to keep in mind. Instead, use mild cleansers and moisturisers designed specifically for sensitive skin.
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