How To Care For Your Skin In Winter
Posted on April 05 2017
Hot chocolate, chunky knits, finally being able to bust out your favourite boots to see the light of day for another season… winter sure has its perks! But it can also leave your skin dry, dull, and more temperamental than a 2-year-old in tantrum mode.
With the right care, you can keep your complexion happy and healthy in the harsh winter weather.
How does winter affect the skin?
Cold weather and chilly winds can suck the moisture right out of your skin, leaving you with dry patches and flakes.
You’d think once you retreat into your home, office, local shopping centre or café, you’d be safe, right? Wrong.
Air-conditioning plays a huge part in the dry-winter-skin epidemic. It robs the air of its moisture, resulting in tight, dry and dull skin, chapped lips, and those oh-so-attractive scaly lizard legs. So while you’re living it up in shorts and a singlet in the warmth of your air con, take a moment to consider the effect it’s having on your skin and how you can avoid the lizard look this winter.
How to Prevent Dry Skin in Winter
Whether you plan to hibernate with Netflix or take every opportunity to showcase your Pinterest-worthy winter wardrobe, your skin will need a little extra TLC during the cooler months.
Moisturise Twice a Day
Moisturising is one of the most important steps in every skincare regime, and this goes double in winter. Make sure you’re putting the moisture back in your skin by applying moisturiser to your face, hands and body twice a day.
Use a Good Lip Balm
That strawberry lip gloss may taste delicious, but if it doesn’t hydrate your lips, it’s time to swap it for a hardworking lip balm. Look for a lip balm that contains moisturising ingredients such as lanolin, jojoba oil, and shea butter to keep lips hydrated and soft. Extra brownie points for lip balms containing SPF!
Don’t Forget Your Sun Protection
Just because you can’t feel the heat of the sun, doesn’t mean it’s not causing damage to your skin. Sun protection is a must for every season, whether you opt for a moisturiser that contains SPF or you apply sunscreen every day.
Add Moisture to the Air with a Humidifier
With air-conditioning greedily sucking the moisture out of the air, it’s worth investing in a humidifier to stop your home from becoming drier than Daria’s sense of humour. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, helping to prevent your skin from becoming parched. They can even help you avoid catching a cold or flu.
Our Favourite Skincare Products for Winter
Treat your skin right this winter with quality skincare products formulated to keep your skin looking its best during the colder months. These are our top picks for beautiful, healthy skin this winter:
- Aspect Hydrating Serum – Replenishes moisture levels and prevents further moisture loss, ideal for dry winter days.
- Skinmedica Dermal Repair Cream – This rich moisturising cream is perfect for boosting your skin’s moisture twice a day.
- Cosmedix Emulsion Intense Hydrator – Liquid crystals and shea butter work together to provide deep hydration.
- Dr Eckstein Rich & Silky Body Butter – Treat your entire body to this fast-absorbing, intensely hydrating body butter.
- Aspect Hydrating Lip Balm – Jojoba oil and shea butter provide lips with long-lasting hydration and protection from the elements.
- Asap Hydrating Lip Balm+ SPF15 – Essential oils keep the lips moisturised while SPF 15+ protects against sun damage.
Don’t let winter put your skin out of whack. If the only flakes you want to see are the Cadbury kind, combat dry skin with the right skincare products from Tina Kay Skincare.