Look after your skin on cold, windy days…
Wouldn’t we all like dewy, soft skin throughout these Winter months? Perhaps a rosy glow after coming inside from the cold? Sadly the reality of it is, our typical UK weather and dry, indoor heat play havoc with our skin’s natural defences. If left unchecked, the skin can get dry and tight-feeling , which in turn can lead to flaking, cracking and even severe conditions like eczema.
Panic not. Here are 6 great tips to both prevent and treat parched skin. You’ll be back to peachy in no time…
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Yes, hardly a surprise this is top of the list!
- Firstly, look out for natural and nourishing ingredients such as oatmeal and shea butter. These bind moisture into the skin. Look out for the word “humectant” i.e. it attracts water to itself.
- Secondly, move from water-based to oil-based moisturisers as these can help lock in any moisture whilst forming a protective layer. The most potent of such products are serums. Choose natural ones based on plant oils.
- Thirdly, apply sunscreen – especially on sunny days or when you know you’ll be outdoors. Stressed skin is more prone to UV damage and Winter rays can still be significant. Don’t forget your lips with a slick of balm containing a UV filter.
A helping hand. Get the gloves out! You’d be amazed how many of us don’t bother, yet the thinner skin on the backs of our hands ages and dries faster than anywhere else. Make sure you slather on a rich hand cream, certainly after your hands have been wet and ideally overnight too. Go for a moisturising soap-free hand wash.
Humidity rules. Keeping our environment warm enough is essential – from central heating to log fires to heaters in the car. All massively deplete moisture in the air. Humidifiers don’t have to be the expensive plug-in versions though. Radiator hangers come from as little as £3 each on e-bay! You fill these with water and hang on the side of your radiator to evaporate. Add a few drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil too.
Buffer up. We still need to help the skin shed dead cells during the Winter months. By sloughing off dead skin, not only is it easier for products to penetrate, we encourage new skin renewal from underneath. Choose gentle, natural scrubs; only lightly pat the skin dry; and apply your moisturiser/serum straight away. This helps keep moisture and active ingredients locked in place.
Keep your cool. As tempting as it is to run a super-hot bath/shower when feeling the chill, this is one of the worst things you can do for your skin! The outermost layer, the stratum corneum, is made up of cells loaded with keratin and lipids. Together they form a protective barrier against the environment. Intense heat plus typical foaming products will strip this essential layer away. Lukewarm water is best.
Treat yourself to a facial. Seeking the expertise of a skilled facialist will be worth every penny. Ask for a facial that includes a massage stage, an exfoliation and a moisturiser as a minimum. A good massage will encourage circulation, heat cold muscles, drain away toxins, aid healing, de-stress you – and ultimately it’s dedicated “me time” that every single one of us deserves.
Winter self-care is very important – especially for our skin which is after all the bodies largest organ. So look after yourself, keep warm and we’ll see you again in Spring!
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