How to update your skincare routine for winter. Winter is coming and, although it’s a glorious time of year, the change in weather can be harsh on our skin.
If you don’t take action and switch up your routine to fight off the cold weather, your skin will be dry, dehydrated and thirsty.
Don’t let it get to that point and follow our tips on how to update your skincare routine for winter.
Avoid long hot showers and baths
While a long, hot bath or shower may sound like the only thing your body needs after a day of being out in the snow, it’s not the best thing for our skin. Prolonged water contact can leach out water-soluble, natural moisturising factors out of our skin, contributing to dryness.
Layer your skincare products
Create multiple barriers against dry skin by layering your skin care products. Ceramides, cholesterol and lipids help form the top layer of our epidermis and hot water removes the surface lipids, allowing moisture to leak out of our skin.
Applying different layers of product, like serums and moisturisers, can help fight against dryness.
Use a humidifier
Cold temperatures and indoor heating cause low humidity which can dry out our skin. Consider using a humidifier to keep indoor air at normal humidity levels.
Use hydrating facemasks
Using a hydrating facemask can boost hydration and give your face some extra love this winter. Look for ones that have botanicals, hyaluronic acid and shea butter as these ingredients can help lock in moisture and keep your skin looking plump and smooth.
Switch to a thicker moisturiser
Cold weather, harsh conditions and dry air can wreak havoc on our skin so consider switching to a thicker moisturiser during winter.
Environmental factors are an overall factor in our skin’s health so it’s important to adjust our routine as the seasons change.
During colder weather, it’s likely that our skin can feel more dehydrated so switching to a thicker moisturiser can help lock in much need moisture.
Don’t forget SPF
It may seem like the sun has forgotten all about your skin during the winter months, but it has not. The sun’s UV rays are still around and can still damage skin.
Although it’s cold out, there is UV radiation all year round and snow-covered ground can significantly increased UV radiation exposure due to reflection.
Try to wear some sort of SPF everyday to ensure your skin is protected.
It’s important to stay hydrated at any time during the year, but especially during winter. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, which keeps our cells plump and healthy.
If you’re not drinking enough water, your skin will look and feel dehydrated.
Be mindful of exfoliation
Though you need to be careful not to overdo the exfoliating this winter, your skin might show signs that you need to do some gentle exfoliation.
If you’re getting flakier during the colder months, it’s a sign that you need to update your skincare routine. Light acids are a great way to exfoliate but if your only option is a face scrub, use a very light hand and massage the product into your skin in circular motions.
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How to update your skincare routine for winter