It may seem counter-intuitive – all of that frozen white stuff is a form of water, right – but winter can actually be more drying and harder on your skin than summer. During the winter months, most of the moisture in the air is tied up in solid forms of precipitation. Cold, dry conditions in combination with harsh winds can wreak havoc on your skin. Here are our top five tips for keeping winter skin in tip-top shape:
Moisturize. Everyone knows that the cure for chapped hands is to slap on some petroleum jelly, but building a daily moisturizing routine will serve you well no matter the season. Apply lotion to your entire body immediately after showering, since warm skin accepts emollients more readily. During the winter you may want to try in-shower lotions or oils. Warm water speeds the delivery of lubricants to thirsty cells. A daytime lotion that includes sunscreen is always a good idea, even in the coldest months.
Don’t Forget Your Face. Or your hands. Many of us religiously coat ourselves from neck to toe and then head out with only a thin layer of skin cream beneath our makeup. A small spray bottle filled with mineral water works wonders for refreshing tired, dry skin. Remember to use lotion after every hand washing and don’t forget your nails and cuticles. Reapply lip balm regularly.
Treat yourself to a facial. Facials are a fantastic way to keep your skin hydrated and glowing in the Winter months. Book a course of Skinbase facials today. Microdermabrasion is a system of intense exfoliation and resurfacing using ultra fine crystals that rejuvenate the skin. The crystals work as a gentle abrasive on the skin to remove dead skin cells layer by layer. The vacuum action of the machine stimulates the circulation and promotes increased blood flow to the area. The production of collagen and elastin is stimulated, which results in a firmer, more youthful looking skin.
Hydrate Inside Out. Caffeinated drinks, sugary sodas and alcoholic beverages are all drying agents. Drink plenty of water daily. Fruit juices that contain high levels of antioxidants like orange, grapefruit, acai or pomegranate are also smart choices. It doesn’t have to stop with beverages. Even when summer fruits are out of season, a variety of vegetables have high water contents and are filled with healthy vitamins. Make it a point to eat something colourful, crunchy and in its natural state every day.
Exercise. You know that an hour on the treadmill does wonders for your physique, but did you know it’s also good for your skin? Breaking a healthy sweat opens pores and helps your skin function as what it truly is: your body’s built-in heating and cooling device. Even when shorter days make you feel sluggish, take time out for regular exercise. Physical activity ups your energy level while helping to keep your skin dewy and blemish-free.
Sleep. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to ignore the importance of a good night’s sleep. We have so much on our plates that sleep is often at the bottom of our to-do list. Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your skin. The baggy eyes that tell the tale of a sleepless night are sadly not restricted to winter time! However, during the winter a plethora of holiday parties and engagements can make getting enough quality sleep difficult. A few late nights won’t hurt anyone, but for truly stunning winter skin try to get seven or eight hours of sleep at least four or five nights a week.
Try to avoid very hot baths and showers. The extra heat will dry out your skin further.