10 Skincare tips for winter
As fall gave way to winter and you began to swap your wardrobe for warmer clothes, it’s important to adjust your skincare routine too. That wind that is starting to bring a chill with it can be very drying for the skin, so you need to moisturise more and protect your skin from the drying effects of cold weather. But even during the winter season, you can still keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. Read these ten essential skin care tips that will take care of your skin through the cold, windy months of winter.
1. Sunblock is still a must
Even though the sun may not feel as a hot as it did in the summer, it can still do damage to your skin and remember, we will still get the occasional surprise sunny day in the winter too. Use a sunblock every day, even if it looks cloudy when you leave your home. It really isn’t worth the risk of going without it.
2. Bring out the creamy body wash
The fresh shower gel that you have been using all summer might dry out your skin, now that the colder, less humid weather has arrived, so swap it for a hydrating body wash instead. The best body washes for this time of year are those that contain a moisturiser and are soap free. Creamy body washes, will now be more effective than straightforward shower gels.
3. Watch out for the skin type change
This is the time of year when your skin type can change. Someone with oily skin in the summer could find they have normal skin in the winter, so you may need to change your beauty products to take account of that change. Don’t just assume that your skin type will be consistent throughout the entire year.
4. Break out the hand cream
The first place you will notice the effects of the cold winds will be your hands, so start using a hand cream now to stop your hands drying out. You will be washing your hands numerous times every day and that, plus the effect of the wind, will dry your hands out fast if you don’t keep them well moisturised.
Exfoliate regularly and it will help to keep some of that beautiful glow and radiance to your skin. At this time of year, you should be using exfoliating products that will not dry out your skin, so skin scrubs that are made with oil and sugar will probably be the best choice. They will remove all the dead skin cells, but they won’t strip out all the natural oils in the process.
6. Don’t forget your feet
Your feet may disappear from view into boots and shoes, but if you take care of them all through the winter, you won’t have a problem when you get your sandals out again next summer. Exfoliate your feet on a regular basis and treat any dry or hard skin, as soon as it occurs. It will save you a lot of time and effort next spring.
7. Buy some cuticle oil
Cracked, dry cuticles are another thing that you now have to look forward to, so invest in a good cuticle oil to stop that happening. Your regular hand cream alone probably won’t be enough to stop your cuticles drying out, so spending a little extra on oil will be well worth the expense and it will prevent the pain and discomfort of dry cuticles this winter.
8. Try a winter facemask
Get back into the routine of using a face mask on a regular basis to put the moisture back into your skin. Here’s a great, winter inspired, face mask for you to try. Mix five crushed cranberries with a few drops of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of honey, a pinch of cinnamon and three drops of aloe vera. Apply the mask to your face, leave it to sit for fifteen minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
9. Moisturise every day
Now that the weather is getting colder, you really can’t afford to skip a single day moisturising. Moisturise your face every morning and your body every time you take a shower. Moisturising is not just to keep your skin from drying out, it also plumps up the skin and it will help you keep your youthful looks.
10. Get back into your skin care routine
Over the warmer months, you probably let your skin care routine slip a bit, so you could spend more time out enjoying the sun. Winter is the time to get back into that routine and start sticking to it again. Draw up a schedule of what you will be doing on each day of the week, or the month, and then you won’t forget which day to exfoliate and which day to use a face mask.