The sun is often seen as our skin’s worst enemy, but winter can be just as much of a worry when it comes to skin. Dry and cold air outside sucks out the moisture, leaving us prone to the formation of new lines. Here’s how to take good care of your skin during winters.
“Our skin’s barrier function is less effective in winter so we can’t hold on to whatever water our horny (outer) layers of skin attract from deeper skin layers – and we keep losing moisture to the dry winter air by evaporation.
“To combat transepidermal water loss, look for moisturisers containing humectants such as glycerine, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and urea – they have the ability to hold and attract water in the skin.”
Drink Warm Water
Water helps plump up the skin, but a cold glass from the tap just isn’t that appealing when it’s freezing outside. Not surprising then that, during winter, we tend to drink much less than the recommended daily 1.6 litres of fluid for women and 2 litres for men.
Warm water is a great hydrant, but if you can’t stomach it, drink white tea instead.
Studies have shown that extracts in white tea strengthen the skin’s elastin and collagen content.
No Long, Hot Showers
Yes, we know there’s nothing nicer than languishing in a steamy shower but your skin won’t thank you.
“Long, hot baths and showers strip the skin of its protective oils, allowing moisture to escape, Keep showers short and warm (not hot) and as soon as you step out of the steam (while your skin is still damp and pores open) apply moisturiser.
TRY: Popping your jar of moisturiser in a sink of hot water while you’re showering. It will feel warm and comforting going on, but will also help it absorb more easily.
Don’t Forget The SPF
UV rays are still very much at large in winter. Use a broad spectrum SPF no lower than SPF25 to protect against UVA and UVB rays.”
Get Your Oats
Dry skin can feel itchy, but scratching can damage skin and encourage fine lines to form into deeper wrinkles. “Collodial Oatmeal is one of my favourite ingredients in winter skincare.
“It has an anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and ultra-hydrating action on the skin.
"The beta gluten in oatmeal leaves skin feeling like satin.”
“The fine skin around the eyes can get extra-dry and sore in winter, especially in cold winds, leading to deepened crow’s feet,”
“Swap your light eye gel for a rich cream containing hydrating rice bran and hyaluronic acid to help balance the skin’s pH.”
It’s A Wrap-Up
It sounds obvious, but covering up with scarves, hats and earmuffs will help avoid moisture loss. Avoid itchy wools if your skin is extra-dry, though.
“Friction from rough clothing can contribute to dry, irritated skin,” warns Dr. Stefanie Williams.
Eat Your Fats..!
“Fats are essential for healthy and nourished skin – but be sure to choose healthy (mono-unsaturated) varieties,” says dietitian Nichola Whitehead (nicsnutrition.com). “Fats in nuts and avocados are fantastic for a healthy complexion. They have antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium.”
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