When it comes to feeling happy and healthy all year round, your winter skincare routine plays a big part.
After all, looking good and feeling good are closely linked, which means taking care of your skin in the winter months is just as important as what you do in the summer.In fact, the cold, harsh conditions you expose your skin to during winter can damage the delicate cells of your skin, which can take a long time to repair.
So, if you want to look good on those long, hot summer days, then putting in the effort over winter will pay dividends.
But, when it comes to your winter skincare routine, what should you be doing differently, and are there any additional products you should be using to achieve that healthy glow all year round?
Read on to find out.
WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE TIPSWhile it takes year-round effort to achieve healthy-looking skin, there are a few specific tweaks you can make to your winter routine to boost your chances of success.
It’s always a good idea to keep your skin hydrated, but in the winter, this is especially important, particularly if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
Cold, icy, windy conditions can quickly strip your skin of its natural moisture as blood flows to the surface to keep it warm.
Going from cold to hot can also dry your skin out quickly, leading to itchiness, redness and flaking.
So, keeping your skin hydrated with a natural moisturiser is key, as is drinking plenty of water – or even the odd hot chocolate or mulled wine – to keep your cells hydrated from the inside.
It’s also important to remember that even though it’s cold, the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage your skin. So, if you are venturing outdoors for a crisp, cold walk, protect your exposed skin with cream or moisturiser that has Sun Factor Protection (SPF).
Getting outdoors in the winter sun is doubly important, as it will help your body to top up its natural levels of Vitamin D, which can become depleted as the nights draw in.
It’s not just your face that you need to take care of in winter. Your hands can also become dry, chapped and sore very quickly. So, wear gloves rather than expose your bare skin to the elements and use a good natural moisturiser after washing to keep them nice and supple.
Your lips can also dry out very quickly in the winter. It’s tempting to nibble off any loose skin, which can cause soreness or irritation. Always keep a chapstick or some lip balm handy.
And for the ultimate treat, why not indulge yourself in a long, relaxing bath with a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
While showers are invigorating, a bath can help you relax, unwind and recover after a long day, as well as helping to rehydrate your whole body. Our Cinnamon & Orange Soy Wax candle conjures up the warm, homely aromas of winter and perfectly complements our Frankincense Organic Essential Oil, for the ultimate festive treat.
HOW TO GET RID OF ACNE
Regardless of the time of year, there are three easy steps you can take every day to beat acne the natural way.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point in their lives.
It occurs when certain hormones cause your skin glands to produce larger amounts of oil, which makes usually harmless skin bacteria react in a more aggressive way. This can lead to soreness and inflammation.
In turn, this can cause the natural pores in the skin to become blocked, creating spots, blackheads or skin blemishes.
In the winter, this can be exacerbated when your skin is exposed to cold or harsh conditions.
While acne can’t be cured, it can be controlled.
The first step is to wash your face with a mild, gentle, sulphate-free cleanser. This will dissolve any excess oil, dirt and bacteria from your skin without stripping away any of the natural chemicals it needs to stay healthy or damaging its delicate cells.
Don’t wash your face too regularly – morning and night will suffice – and don’t scrub too hard. Gently massaging with your fingers is better than using a cloth or flannel, which can leave your skin feeling tight or irritated. Pat dry, rather than rub, with a soft towel after.
The next step is to moisturise. In summer, a light, natural moisturiser is best, but in the winter months, using a thicker cream or lotion will provide extra hydration, as it will take longer to absorb.
Finally, as we’ve said above, don’t forget the SPF.
Just because it’s cold, that doesn’t mean the sun’s UV rays can’t do any damage.
UV exposure from the sun can make spots and blackheads worse and can also lead to premature ageing of your skin. So, take care and always wear a cream with SPF of at least 15, even in the winter.
SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR DRY SKINGood personal hygiene and grooming habits will help people with all skin types to maintain healthy-looking skin all year round.
However, if you have naturally dry skin, there are a few extra things you should bear in mind, especially in winter.
Limiting the number of times you wash your hands and face will prevent your skin from being stripped of its natural oils.
While you may need to wash your hands several times a day, especially in the current climate because of coronavirus, you should wash your face only in the morning and at night and apply moisturiser straight away.
Make sure you clean off any make-up entirely before you go to bed, using a gentle make-up remover.
And on those cold winter nights, don’t sit directly in front of a fire or radiator. This is a sure-fire way to dry your skin out quickly.
SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR OILY SKINMaintaining the right balance of the natural oils your skin needs to stay healthy and soft can be a challenge, particularly if you have naturally oily skin.
Too much oil or grease can clog your pores, make acne worse and create more spots and blackheads.
Cleaning your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser will help to remove any excess oil, bacteria and toxins. Using a toner will help restore your skin’s natural pH balance and remove any excess cleanser left on the skin.
Exfoliating can also help. A build-up of dead skin can lead to excess oil production, which causes clogged pores. Gently exfoliating, then moisturising after, can help eliminate this.
Finally, choose light, gel-based moisturisers over heavier creams or lotions, as these will help rehydrate your skin without leaving any oily residue behind.
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