Whether you love it or loathe it, winter is coming. One thing we can all agree on is that the festive period can wreak havoc on your skin.
Cold weather causes dry air, which results in your skin not receiving the necessary moisture that it craves. In extreme cases, dry skin can lead to various problems, including cracking and bleeding.
Some think turning the heating up a notch or sitting cosily by the fire is the answer, unfortunately this isn’t the case. Heat also steals moisture from the air.
Adding moisture helps of course, however this alone will not counteract the negative effects caused by cold air. If your goal is to avoid having a red face and a constant urge to itch, follow these tips to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
You’ve probably heard this before, but we can’t stress enough how important it is to always moisturise as soon as you have washed. Applying moisture to damp (not wet) skin helps to seal it. Implement this into your routine by keeping a bottle near the bathtub, shower and sink so that you remember.
Quite possibly the most important rule to follow. Yes, moisturising is important, but if you’re not looking after your body then it will show on your skin.
Drinking water aids in digestion, circulation and absorption, all of which help your body to flush out toxins. To put it simply, your skin is made up of cells and skin cells are made up of water.
Get washed in lukewarm water
You can’t beat the feeling of a hot bath after a long day at work. Certainly nobody wants a cold bath during winter. If you are used to having a hot bath, try using lukewarm water. This will enable you to keep your skin hydrated and relax without stripping oils away from the skin. Lukewarm water will also help hair stay strong and shiny.
Dress for the weather
Protecting your skin from the icy conditions will do it the world of good. Everyone loves a good jumper, but be sure to invest in some accessories such as gloves and scarves to protect you skin.
Pay attention to your diet
A well balanced diet is hugely important for health. Poor nutrition can damage your metabolism, cause weight gain, effect cholesterol levels and guess what? Damage your skin.
What you eat can cause your skin to age. Paying attention to your diet is key to a clear complexion.
If you live a busy lifestyle, try supplementing your diet with a good multivitamin. Note the word ‘supplementing’ though, natural skincare is always the most beneficial, therefore getting your vitamins from natural sources and is always the safest and most effective way to clear skin.
Invest in a humidifier
Remember we mentioned heat earlier. Everything from TV’s, heating, hot showers and even hair accessories can dry out the air. Installing a humidifier will put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.