Winter is upon us in the UK. If you live in the North East, you will know that winter landed with storm Arwen. The temperature seems to be dropping and the wind is becoming harsh. Your skin moisture is dropping fast as the wind continuously lashes at your skin. If you are like me, I get cold easily so I have switched from plain water to a cuppa.
A winter skincare routine is more crucial than ever and you need to take better care of your skin. If not, you might end up with ashy, dehydrated and very dry skin. In this post, I will provide 8 tips for your winter skincare routine so you can look good in winter.
1. Use oil to cleanse
Your cleanser should not make your face feel tight after use. If it does, it’s time to switch to a gentle cleanser.
If you wear makeup, you could try double-cleansing. This involves using an oil cleanser or cleansing balm to remove most of your makeup and then using a cream cleanser to fully cleanse your face.
Don’t forget about your body too. Use shower cream that moisturizes and cleanse at the same time.
Tip: Look for cleansers that contain ingredients like glycerin, ceramides.
2. Be heavy-handed with your moisturizer
Do you have a favourite light lotion that you have been using since January? It isn’t good enough for your skin in winter. You should consider using creams to reduce the speed at which your skin loses moisture.
Tip: If you insist on using your favourite lotion, use a cold-processed oil on top of the lotion. You could also mix the oil with the lotion in your palm before applying it.
3. Less scrubbing with coffee grounds
Dry and flaky skin might tempt you to reach for those harsh scrubs that you should have thrown out ages ago. You could keep exfoliation as part of your winter skincare routine but gentle is the key. You could try chemical exfoliation with acids instead of physical scrubs.
Tip: Stick to exfoliating once a week or less to encourage the renewal of your skin cells.
4. Shorter hot showers
I know that a hot shower is essential to start your day or night, depending on when you work. However, a hot shower will dry out your skin if you stay in for too long.
Tip: Adjust your boiler settings and shower with lukewarm water if you love long showers. Don’t forget to moisturise your skin while it’s still wet.
5. Increase your fluid intake
Most times, great skin starts from the inside out. You have to drink enough fluids so that your skin cells remain hydrated and keep renewing themselves. Luckily, research has shattered the myth that coffee causes dehydration so feel free to drink your cuppa.
Tip: If you are avoiding caffeine-containing drinks, you could opt for lukewarm water if room temperature water is too cold for you.
6. SPF isn’t on break
The harmful rays from the sun are never on break so why should your SPF be on break! Your sunscreen should be the last step in your winter skincare routine.
Tip: Use a sunscreen containing at least SPF 30 daily even when you are spending your day in your loungewear or PJs.
7. Extra care for your hands and feet
You have probably lost count of the number of times that you have washed your hands or used hand sanitiser today. Constant washing leads to chapped and dry hands. Also, you might notice that your feet are extra dry and scaly. You can massage them with oil. Then, apply a thick cream before wearing socks to soften and moisturize them.
Tip: Store-bought masks are perfect when you need to care for your hands and feet. You just have to keep it on for 10-15 minutes. You could also use a foot peel for baby soft feet.
8. Add Pro treatments to your winter skincare routine
I hope you have saved enough for professional skin treatments. Your skin might not look its best in Winter so it’s time to get your glow on with those facials, microneedling, peels, etc. Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen daily.
Tip: Start your treatments early so that your skin has time to heal before your Christmas and New Year party.
You need to be on the same page with your skin to meet its needs. Remember to stay hydrated, be gentle and moisturize often.