Winter Skin Saviours: Beating Cold Weather Beauty Blues
-Feb 28, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -
Are you in need of some winter skin saviours? Dry, dull and flaky skin isn’t exactly pretty, but sadly cold, winter weather makes it hard to avoid. Harsh winds, snow flurries and freezing temperatures have us heading inside, cranking up the heat or jumping into a hot shower, and all of this plays havoc on our skin.
Winter’s dry air steals moisture away from the skin and the indoor heat makes it even worse, but have no fear you can regain your glowing complexion and replenish your skin with a few simple winter skin saviours.
Wash With Lukewarm Water
It might be tempting to soak in a lovely hot bath after a day in the cold but it’s better for your skin if you use lukewarm water. So think twice about whipping off those gloves and warming up your hands under the hot tap because it will only dry them out and strip the oils from your skin. The same goes for washing your face.
Turning up the heating might make you all snuggly but it’ll also dry out the air. Consider investing in a humidifier to put moisture back into the air and stop your skin getting so dry.
“Keep your insides fresh so that the outside can look radiant too,” says Fit4mum founder Melissa Lorch who recommends drinking at least 8, 8oz glasses of water a day.
It’s easy to forget to drink water when it’s cold outside because we naturally turn to warming beverages like hot chocolate. But your skin still needs H20. Melissa suggests drinking hot water in a mug instead of trying to gulp down chilly tap water on an equally frosty day.
Don’t forget that there are plenty of foods that have high water content as well. Oranges, kiwis, apples, cucumber, tomatoes and watermelon are just some of the fruits and vegetables that can keep you well hydrated.
Scrub away those flaky bits of dry skin and brush up with a decent exfoliator for your hands, face, feet and pretty much most of your body. It’s difficult for moisturiser to penetrate the skin if it’s covered in dead cells.
Moisturise…At the Right Time
It’s sounds so simple that moisturising is the key to staving off dry skin, but there are better times than others to apply it.
As soon as you get out of the shower or have finished washing your hands or face reach for the moisturiser and apply it when you skin is still damp. This helps to seal the dampness into the skin. Immediately after exfoliating is a good time too as it smooths your skin. Consider lathering it on dry areas like elbows, knees, hands and feet at bedtime and sealing in the moisture by wearing cotton gloves and socks.
It’s not just creamy moisturisers that’ll benefit your skin, oils like Lumity Facial Oil are ideal in winter – and all year around in fact. This particular oil contains a plethora of healing plant oils, extracts and essential oils to soothe, condition, firm and protect your skin. These oils include but are not limited to;
– sunflower seed oil which prevents moisture loss and is rich in vitamin D – which is handy when you aren’t getting it from the sun!
– kukui seed oil is an oil that can leave even the driest, most troubled skin looking radiant and healthy again.
– panax ginseng root extract to protect the skin from free radicals and help protect it against age-related changes caused by pollution and sun damage.
We don’t just mean with hats, scarves and gloves – although these items of clothing are essential too. Cover up with sunscreen. Just because it’s overcast and cold doesn’t mean your skin can’t get damaged.
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