It’s time to think about win­ter skin care

Waitaki Herald - - HEALTH AND BEAUTY -

The early au­tumn weather has been very mild and gen­tle but once the cold days and nights of win­ter set in many of us tend to aban­don any skin care rou­tine we de­vel­oped dur­ing the sunny days of sum­mer.

We no longer mois­tur­ize our skin and cer­tainly don’t bother to ap­ply sun­screen.

How­ever, if we want the best skin, we need to take care of it all year round whether or not it is go­ing to be hid­den un­der lay­ers of cloth­ing.

Just be­cause sum­mer is over doesn’t mean the dam­age from the sun is.

The sun’s UV rays are just as harm­ful in win­ter as they are in sum­mer.

Since the skin is stripped of its nat­u­ral oils in the win­ter due to harsh weather out­side and in­door heat­ing, it is even more im­por­tant to use win­ter pro­tec­tion for our skin.

This lack of nat­u­ral oils and mois­ture makes the skin more sus­cep­ti­ble to any kind of UV dam­age from the sun.

Dur­ing win­ter we can take two sim­ple steps to pro­tect skin from dam­age.

The first step is to take cooler show­ers or baths or at least re­duce the amount of time.

While this may not seem best dur­ing the cold win­ters it will ac­tu­ally help pre­vent the amount of nat­u­ral acid man­tel that is stripped off by the hot wa­ter which leads to dry skin.

Af­ter any bath or shower al­ways ap­ply a good qual­ity mois­tur­izer to help keep the body’s nat­u­ral oils sealed in­side.

Mois­tur­ize daily and even those ar­eas that are cov­ered dur­ing win­ter can get dried out as a re­sult of ex­tra heat­ing in homes, shops and places of work.

Be­cause the air is thin­ner and drier in the win­ter, it drains the skin’s hy­dra­tion, which is why the skin gets dry when it’s cold.

The so­lu­tion is a thick, rich cream that will help to seal in the mois­ture.

Adding a gen­tle ex­fo­li­ater into the mix will work won­ders too.

Use it once or twice a week to re­move any dead skin.

And fi­nally, re­mem­ber to cleanse daily, at night be­fore bed.

Cleanse makeup and the gen­eral grime of the day with a gen­tle milky for­mu­la­tion to de­ter build-up of prod­uct on skin and help re­duce the chance of blem­ishes and block­ages. Since the skin is stripped of its nat­u­ral oils in the win­ter due to harsh weather out­side and in­door heat­ing, it is even more im­por­tant to use win­ter pro­tec­tion for our skin.

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