It’s time to think about winter skin care
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.