8 best ways to look after your skin in cold weather
-Jan 11, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -
As the cold weather plays havoc on your skin. Here’s what to do.
Dry, flaky skin can feel like a big problem when you have it, but luckily there are some simple ways to lock in moisture and have your skin looking gorgeous in no time.
1. Avoid long hot showers
A long, hot shower or bath might be just what you need to unwind after a hard day at work, but while the heat feels lovely on your skin, it’s not doing it any favours. It strips your body of its natural oil barrier meaning moisture escapes and your skin dries out. We’re not saying you have to freeze in your shower but try turning down the temperature a few notches and limit your time for your skin’s sake.
2. Wear SPF
Just because it’s cold and the sun’s not shining doesn’t mean you should skip the SPF. Sun damage is one of the main causes of dry skin and wrinkles so sunscreen should be worn year round.
3. Use a humidifier
It is tempting to turn the heating up on a cold day, but that indoor heat also removes moisture from the air and dries out your skin. To put moisture back into the air you can use a humidifier.
4. Layer up
Nobody wants to be cold but there’s a way to dress that will ensure less irritation to the skin. Instead of bundling up in big, heavy jumpers and thick trousers, try layering your clothing. By wearing a few thinner layers you can remove them as you need to ensure you don’t overheat, sweat and ultimately irritate your skin.
5. Apply oil and moisturiser to damp skin
It can be tempting to apply your Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil and moisturiser on your skin once you’ve completely dried off after your shower but in actual fact it’s more effective to put it on while your skin is still damp. Damp skin absorbs the moisture better and locks it in for longer.
6. Pat your skin dry, don’t rub
In order to get warm and dry quickly after a shower it’s common to grab the towel, wrap it around you and vigorously rub your face and body to get rid of the water droplets ASAP. But in doing so you are damaging the skin and likely causing it to become dry and flaky. Adopt a lighter tough and try to pat and blot your skin instead. Don’t forget to dry your feet properly either – or you might end up with less than pretty feet the next time you book in for a pedicure.
Consider investing in a quality 2-step supplement that will help to ensure that your skin is getting all it needs to look great.
8. Soup and water
When the weather turns cold it’s a great excuse to pack your diet with as many vegetables as you can. Soup is the obvious way to ensure you’re getting your five-a-day. Delicious and soothing, yet bursting with nutrients, it’s a simple way to help your skin stay happy. Don’t forget to drink as much water as you can – you might not be as thirsty as you are in the summer months, but your skin will thank you for it.
If you enjoyed this, one of our experts explains how to use facial oil on top of make-up for a gorgeous glow. And, feeding your skin is essential – try this 5-minute recipe for crispy seared salmon for an easy, yet delicious dose of omega 3.