As winter continues to rage on, it’s time we do a little more protect our skin. Rain, strong winds, cold temperatures, and dry air can strip away all your skin’s natural oils, leaving it dry and scaly. The harsh winter season calls for intensive skincare protection as well as a routine change, to ensure your skin comes out the other side looking bright and beautiful. And, we’re not just talking about the skin on your face, it’s important to care for your entire body. The skin is the largest organ of the body; your hands, elbows, heels, feet, ears, lips, and knees all need a good dose of tender-loving-care this winter. Here are 3 skincare tips to keep your skin in the best condition throughout winter.
Winter is a great time to provide the skin with more nutrients and moisture. To help prepare and navigate the cold weather, as winter intensifies and the weather changes, so should your routine and moisturising products.
Reduce your shower temperature
Everybody loves a hot shower on a cold winter’s day, but did you know very hot showers are a common cause of skin problems and can worsen other existing skin issues? Hot water combined with soap will soften your skin and slowly strip away its natural oily protective barriers. Hot bathwater is no better. Forget a steaming hot shower, cool your water temperature down by adding some cold water. This will help to keep in the skin’s natural moisture and prevent dry or irritated, itchy skin.
Use a humidifier to increase the level of moisture in the air
Humidifiers slowly release steam into the air which helps to ease the symptoms of flu and cold, and also relieve scratchy throats and dry nasal passages. Dry air is one of the key reasons why skin tends to be itchy and excessively dry, so placing a humidifier in your house is a great tool to add moisture to the air, and to your skin.
Choose the right body lotion
Winter weather is a common cause of dry skin and so is exposure to harsh ingredients. It is important to choose the right body lotion that can help you prevent and restore dry skin. Look for a body lotion that provide your skin with what it really needs without exposing it to ingredients known to be common irritants, such as artificial fragrances.
Your choice of body lotion doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive. Look for affordable products with a formulation that is free from “nasties” such as Parabens, Sulphates, soap, fragrances, and dyes.