Freezing temperatures, low humidity, and indoor heating can easily dry out your skin at this time of year. Here’s four tips to protect you from the worst of winter.
Cold-weather breaks down the collagen in your skin, resulting in lots more fine lines, cracked, rougher skin, and a dry, flaky complexion. As your face and hands are more exposed to the cold, wind and sun they will suffer the worst of the winter.
Moisturise for protection
Moisturiser fills in gaps and cracks in the skin, restoring elasticity and giving you a smooth, soft appearance. You don’t need fancy cosmetics, but you might want to use a cream or ointment instead of a lotion. Thicker creams contain more oil and protect your skin longer than thin more water-based lotions.
Don’t forget the sun-lotion
A winter sun can still give you sunburn — as you might discover after a day od sledging on the bright white slopes. Use a moisturiser with SPF 15 or above. Don’t worry about buying something that will wash off in water, unless you’re crazy enough to try a winter hot-tub.
Wear gloves everywhere
Love your hands. If you find your hands are still dry from the winter air, before you go to bed try putting some vaseline on your hands and cover them with thin cotton gloves and then enjoy a good night’s sleep. (You can do the same trick for your feet.)
Water strips oil from your skin, so wash sparingly or at least reapply moisturiser after each wash.
– Try mild soap-free cleansers, they don’t dry your skin as much.
– Only wash your face at night to remove makeup and grime. A morning wash removes the protective acid-mantle from your skin which builds up overnight.
– On your face, use warm water to wash and cool water to rinse. A cool rinse constricts the blood vessels and calms the skin to retain the moisturiser in your cleanser.
– Don’t stay in the shower for ages. And apply moisturiser within three minutes of washing to seal in moisture.