How to take care of your skin in the winterThursday, September 19, 2013
The dreaded day has arrived this week where we had to put on the heating in the house, and we all know what comes with the cold weather and heating… dry , irritated skin.
I have to say that I usually don’t change my skin care between summer and winter months I just stick to what I happen to be liking at the time but as I am getting older I am certainly finding that the temperatures affect my skin more and I feel that I should invest in a more appropriate skin care regime for the winter especially as I often use products especially for my oily skin which tends to dry out skin even more in the winter.
During my usual internet trawl for useful information and recommended tips and products I came across a few things that remained pretty much constant from each site so I though I would share them with you.
As I said before I would usually just stick with what I have been using through the summer which would be Liz Earle or Clinique dramatically different moisturiser, but experts suggests that in cooler temperatures we should go for an ‘ ointment ‘ moisturiser, these are the ones that are oil based rather than water based. as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion, an interesting fact that I didn’t know is that many lotions labeled as "night creams" are oil-based!
Tip: Choose your oils carefully as they aren’t all appropriate for the face. Look for "nonclogging" oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil.
Stear away from Shea oil -- or butter -- as these are thought to clog facial pores and sit heavily on the skin leaving a greasy feeling.
Crazy right! But sun damage isn’t just an issue during the summer , winter sun and snow glare are also very damaging to the skin so don’t forget to slather on the protective creams in the winter too.
Tip: Apply a broad spectrum sun cream to your face and hands around 30 minutes before you go out and reapply if you stay out for a long time.
Help your hands
I am a bugger for this I always forget to look after my hands but truth be told the skin on our hands is much thinner than other places of our body and has fewer oil glands which means it is difficult to keep the skin appropriately hydrated which can lead to itchiness and cracking.
Tip: use a good hand cream and always wear gloves when it is cold outside (avoid wool wherever possible)
Buy yourself a humidifier. Putting on the heating in the house is great for keeping toasty warm but it dries out the air too. A humidifier is a great way to keep moisture in the air to prevent your skin from drying out.
Tip: Place several small humidifiers around the house to disperse moisture more evenly
If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are "deeply hydrating," rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face.
Tip: Peels are great but don’t forget to use them a little less often in the winter.
I know skipping hot baths is the last thing we want to do in the cold weather. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. Apparently we are better off with just warm water and staying in the water a shorter amount of time. Terrible I know but it’s the price we have to pay to keep are skin in good condition.
Tip: Don’t forget to apply a good body lotion straight after your bath or shower while your skin is still damp.
Love your lips
One of the best tips for pretty lips is to exfoliate your lips daily. You can do this several different ways. One of the easiest and quickest ways to exfoliate your lips is to use a wet toothbrush with nothing on it and rub it back and forth across your lips in a gentle manner. This will remove the dead skin and leave your lips looking fuller and healthier. There are also lip exfoliators that you can purchase in the health and beauty section.
Carrie recently wrote a post on looking after dry skin which you can find Here
Do you have any dry skin tips to share?