The winter is arguably the harshest time of year for our skin. The cold weather and brisk winds tend to make our faces and hands sore, red and chapped, which is never a good look – and more to the point, it feels very uncomfortable too. Here are some tips on how to take care of your skin this winter.
This time of year it’s a good plan to ask for indulgent products for Christmas so you can try out something new like a face mask you’ve never used before or guinot skin care. Make sure that the products you ask for are gentle on the skin and that they aren’t too heavily perfumed, as your skin is more likely to be sensitive this time of year and you should be careful to take care of it. Try all new products on a small part of your skin first to make sure you aren’t allergic to them before covering your whole face in it!
Make Sure You Moisturise
It’s even more important during the winter to make sure you keep moisturising. Right after you cleanse, add a layer of moisturiser to your face and give it time to sink into your pores before you start to put your makeup on. Before you go to bed, massage eye cream into the delicate skin around your eyes before putting night cream on the rest of your face and your décolletage. Don’t forget about your hands – if they’re sore and chapped, put on a thick layer of hand cream and some thin cotton gloves overnight. It’s also important to hydrate from the inside out – you should drink as much water as you can.
It’s important that you keep exfoliating all year round. Winter time can lead to you having dry skin, which often makes it sore and flaky. The problem with that is chiefly that dead skin cells prevent moisture from getting through to your skin, which will in turn only exacerbate the problem. Buy an exfoliating scrub to use in the shower and an exfoliating mask for your face and hands. If your lips are cracked and dry, make sure you use a sugar scrub before trying out your usual lipsticks. Matte lipsticks are still very much in but they look terrible with flaky lips and can also contribute to a lack of moisture.
Protect Your Skin
You might think that summer’s the only time you need to use sunscreen but that definitely isn’t true. Winter sun can be just as damaging and ageing as summer sun, so make sure you continue to use a sunscreen with a high SPF or a moisturiser that will protect your skin from the sun. It’s the easiest and most effective way to stop premature ageing and wrinkles in their tracks. In addition, make sure you cover up – if the wind feels particularly biting, pull your scarf up over your face, and wear a hat to protect your forehead, hair and scalp. This will help to prevent your skin from being stripped of its essential natural oils.Connect with me on social media: