Winter is quickly approaching, which means colder temperatures, crisp winds, and dry air. It may feel a little cliché to talk about adjusting your skincare routine along with your wardrobe as we go through the seasons, but there’s a reason why so many people do.
The change in humidity, the exposure to indoor heaters, and blistery winds can actually make skin drier and duller. These elemental conditions can also exasperate skin sensitivity, redness, and even itchiness or flaking. Skin needs more TLC during autumn because the transition from humid to cold weather can be extremely drying, and dry skin is so fragile, so you have to do more to protect your lipid layer! This is precisely why we've come up with a guide to ease your skin through the transition.
Avoid washing your face with hot water.
Instead, opt for lukewarm if you can't handle it being too cold in the mornings. Water that is too hot actually dehydrates your skin as it strips it from all it's natural oils. If you do indulge in a hot shower or bath, keep your bathroom door closed if possible, and after you dry, moisturise immediately. It is beneficial to use products with hyaluronic acid to keep the barrier of your skin from losing a lot of water.
Upgrade your moisturiser, and use it often!
This one might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people don't stick to it! Moisturising your skin is crucial for keeping it hydrated throughout the Winter.
Application of a thick moisturiser as soon as you get out of the bath or shower and then one more time per day will help keep your skin feeling smooth and hydrated and if you're feeling really dry, layering on an oil underneath the moisturiser will help trap in the hydration.
Vitamin B is also a great addition to your skincare routine in the colder months as it is calming, soothing and it prevents trans epidermal water loss.
Get friendly with masks
Not something that is as enticing or as necessary in the warmer months but what could be better than a hot chocolate and a hydrating face mask on a cold winter night? A good face mask can be a great way to replenish moisture and give your skin a little boost with an at home spa treatment.
We love using the Aspect Hydrating Mask as it is full of anti-oxidants while reinforcing the natural moisturising factor.
Hydrate, from the inside out!
In Winter, we tend to drink less water as we turn to warming concoctions. However, eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. A great addition to your skin care routine is the Vitamin C serum as it is full of anti-oxidants, it brightens the skin and takes away the dull, sunken winter look.
Transitioning your skin through the seasons can be challenging so if you don't know where to start or your skin is simply crying out no matter what you do, our experienced Skin Specialists are always here to guide you so contact us today.