Harsh cold weather outside combined with dry air inside can influence the skin’s integrity and affect its ability to function optimally. This can result in dry, itchy, irritated, and sensitive skin.
Here are some tips for preserving a healthy, radiant complexion throughout the colder months.
Ramp up your routine
- Adapt your skincare routine to provide your skin with extra nourishment and hydration
- Don’t over cleanse.
Swap your morning wash for a hydrating toner if you wake up with dry, tight, or flaky skin. This will give your skin a chance to rebuild its natural protective moisture barrier.
- Use the correct cleanser. If your skin is feeling sensitive, dry, or dehydrated, change to a moisturising cleanser like a balm, oil, or cream cleanser.
- Avoid harsh foaming cleansers that may potentially strip the skin of its natural oils.
- Use warm, not hot water. Hot water disrupts your skin’s barrier function leaving the skin vulnerable and more susceptible to dryness and irritation.
SPRITZES, MISTS AND ESSENCES
- Use a hydrating mist, spritz or essence between each step of your routine to add an extra layer of moisture and help combat skin dehydration.
- Scan the ingredients list for humectants, ingredients that attract and bind to water and stay on your skin, like sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide, glycerine, squalane and vitamins, minerals, and oils.
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- Apply moisturiser to damp skin immediately after cleansing to seal water into your skin.
This protects the skin against water loss and helps restore the skin barrier.
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SERUMS AND OILS
- If your skin is feeling dry, dehydrated, or parched tweak your routine by adding nourishing oils and serums.
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- Choose products containing ingredients that relieve redness, retain moisture, and protect your skin.
- Argan oil contains high levels of linoleic acid, a valuable moisturising agent that works to restore barrier function. Antioxidants, like vitamins A and E, protect against free radical damage and help maintain a healthy skin barrier.
- Ingredients rich in anti-inflammatories, such as aloe vera, evening primrose oil and shea butter, nourish and soothe the skin Our range of products are rich in these skin loving ingredients.
- Avoid astringent ingredients like SD alcohol (also called ethanol, ethyl alcohol or alcohol denat) which can speed up water evaporation leading to dry, inflamed skin.
- Wear sunscreen every day, even during winter.
- Just a few minutes a day of unprotected sun exposure can result in dramatic changes to the skin’s health.
- During cooler months, a sunscreen protection factor (SPF) of 30 providing broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation is adequate. Apply sunscreen as the last step of your morning skincare routine.
- Our lips are particularly sensitive to cold weather. Protect and nourish your lips by applying a generous layer of lip balm throughout the day. Look for balms containing soothing, hydrating ingredients like shea butter, hemp oil, glycerine, beeswax, vitamin E.
- Wear gloves when doing dishes or housework to protect your skin from being exposed to harsh temperatures and detergents. Apply hand lotion to your hands after every wash. For very dry hands, thoroughly massage with a nutrient rich oil, followed by a protective balm at night. The balm will form a barrier on the surface of the skin to help retain moisture and minimise water loss overnight.
- If you spend most of your day in a heated office or home, consider buying a humidifier to add moisture to the dry air. Humidity acts as a natural moisturising agent that may benefit dry, dehydrated skin.
- Feed the skin from within.
- Increase your intake of foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These include
fatty fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, seeds (chia, flaxseed, and walnuts) and plant oils (hempseed, soybean, and canola oils).
- Consider taking a vitamin D supplement.
Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, and although our skin manufactures vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, winter sunlight doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation for adequate vitamin D synthesis. It’s therefore worth considering daily supplementation, containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D, during autumn and winter months. Alternatively, the best dietary sources of vitamin D include oily fish, egg yolks, mushrooms, fortified cereals and dairy or plant-based milk.
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