Winter is coming.......
Dry winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. It strips your skin of moisture and of its natural, moisturizing oils. Having the heaters on in the car or at home draws moisture from the air which then in turn pulls moisture from your skin. Our showers and baths also become hotter throughout winter, this then also robs our skin of natural moisture and oils. Not to mention what wind can also do. When the skin loses its moisture, the outer layer begins to feel dry, itchy, and tight.
Skin becomes dry, dull, flaky and lets be honest who wants to look dry, old, hagged and have snake skin.
Counteracting the effects of cold weather on your skin requires more than just using a moisturiser more often. Here are some tips to help your skin cope with the changes
Lukewarm water: Its so easy to turn the heat up and have a hot shower or bath in winter but that is just stripping the natural moisture and oil from the skin, instead when you can especially washing your face and hands try to use lukewarm water.
Exfoliate: Moisture can’t get into the skin if the dead cells are too plentiful. Therefore using an exfoliator beforehand will allow the oil and/or a moisturiser to penetrate the skin leaving it silky smooth and hydrated.
Moisturise and Oil: When choosing a moisturiser make sure it is oil based as opposed to water based. Oil based moisturisers are more likely to help the skin maintain moisture, a perfect combo would be applying a natural face or body oil followed then by a oil based moisturiser.
Because oils are lipophilic, they can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and other moisturising goodness in, while keeping toxins and other bad stuff out.
Drinking Water: Cool weather has us reaching for hot chocolate, coffee and tea as opposed to water. But skin needs hydrating from the inside out, so why not try some lemon in warm water, not only refreshing but hydrating as well.