How Winter Affects Your Skin
You might think your skin is better off in winter since the weather is cooler, you're not sweating as much and you're spending less time outdoors in the sun.
However, cooler temperatures, windy weather and less humidity means your skin often shows more signs of dryness and irritation in winter. Even while indoors your skin is more susceptible to dryness - that warm fireplace you like to sip your hot chocolate by, and the heater you use in your bedroom both dry the air and zap moisture right out of your skin.
And if your skin is naturally on the drier side, this can aggravate it even futher!
5 Essential Winter Skincare Tips
Luckily, we've come to the rescue to combat winter skin with these 5 top tips for taking care of your skin in the cold.
1. Use a hydrating Hyaluronic Acid serum daily
Keeping your skin hydrated in winter is an absolute must, as the dry, cooler air and use of heating evaporates moisture from your skin, leaving it feeling dry, flaky, itchy and irritated. Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture deep into your cells where it is needed most, and helps keep your skin plump and hydrated. We love our Pump Face-Firmer serum with Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Collagen and Kakadu Plum, as these ingredients work in synergy together to replenish moisture and firm skin.
2. Drink enough water in winter
Sometimes we forget to drink enough water in winter, but it's still very important to get those 8 glasses into you each day. Hydrated skin also comes from within, so try setting some alarms on your phone to remind you to get that H2O into you as much as possible.
3. Avoid hot showers to avoid stripping your skin
We know you love a steaming soak in winter, but this is a big no-no for your skin! Hot water strips your skin of it's natural, protective oils that help lock in moisture, causing your skin to lose water and become dry and irritated. Instead, turn the temperature down a little - it won't be that bad, we promise!
4. Protect your skin with sunscreen in winter
Yes, even in winter UV-Rays from the sun can still damage your skin! UV-Rays are the number 1 cause of skin aging and free-radical skin damage (see other exercise-related free-radical damage here), as it can contribute to pigmentation, redness, burns and even skin cancer. In fact, on cloudy days UV-Rays can actually be amplified as they reflect and bounce off the clouds. Therefore, it's just as important to protect your skin in winter as it is in summer by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen before heading outdoors.
5. Use a nourishing moisturiser that strengthens your skin barrier
In winter your skin craves moisture, which is why you need to add a nourishing moisturiser to your skincare routine. As your skin barrier can by weakened by wintery weather, things to look for in a great moisturiser are ingredients that help to strengthen your skin cells and protective barrier, while also replenishing lost water. Our Restore Moisturiser is packed with strengthening amino acids from rice protein peptides and deeply hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple without any greasiness.
Beat winter skin!
Although the weather is colder, dryer and more harsh, don't let it stop you from going outdoors and making the most of the chilly season! As long as you follow our top tips for beating winter skin, you can still have a glowing, healthy complexion in tip top shape!