Winter is tough, eh? The knitwear is out, sleeping-in is more tempting, and somehow your perfect summer skincare routine isn’t quite cutting it anymore. As the nights draw in and the mornings get darker, the last thing on our minds is sprucing up our reliable/barely functional skincare routines. Here are six simple skincare tips to show that small alterations go a long way.
Update your Moisturiser
The biggest thing you need to change heading into winter is your moisturiser, preferably an organic product.. In summer, our skin tends to prefer oil-based products due to our tendency to sweat more, whereas in winter we’re exposing our skin to more demanding elements.
The combination of windy days, the rain, as well as significant temperature changes when walking into a heated building does a number on our skin, especially in terms of anti-ageing. This, ironically, leaves our skin thirsty for a stronger moisturiser. In general, target deeper-penetrating products, especially if you suffer from dry skin. Moisturisers are the classic anti-ageing treatment for a reason, so don’t discount it.
Cut back on the hot showers
It may seem counter-productive, but opting for hot showers in the winter may be doing you more bad than good. The hardest thing next to getting out of your warm bed into the cold is getting out of the shower, with the steam having some stress-reduction properties. While your head may seem less stressful in the shower, your skin is enduring the opposite.
Having hot showers reduces the amount of moisture in your skin, stripping away the skin’s top layer of oil. As previously discussed, having oil on your skin is a rarity in winter, so opt for a cooler shower to facilitate your skin’s natural anti-ageing properties.
Do your skincare routine before Bed
Why limit your routine to the morning? Our nightly hours are essential to improving our skin, especially in winter. Having two skincare routines puts less pressure on your weary-eyed face in the morning to get everything right, with a night-time routine picking up the slack. Use your before bed time to use a stronger moisturiser and some natural oils.
In particular, natural oils heavy with Vitamin E are what you should be aiming for, with ingredients such as canola, soybean, and almond oils generally being the best.
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Exfoliate Less Often
Typically, exfoliation should only occur a few times a week, but cut it back a bit in winter. In summer, exfoliation is a dream to clean out pores and smooth out your skin. In winter, however, it flips, meaning over-exfoliation can lead to drier, more damaged skin.
Instead of cleaning out pores, exfoliating at the same frequency as summer dries out your skin even more, which is an anti-ageing summer dream turned nightmare.
Hydrate, then hydrate some more
As this blog has shown, alleviating dry skin is at the core of anti-ageing skincare. The easiest and most old-school way to prevent dry skin is to hydrate by drinking enough water. Hydration apps are especially useful in the winter, but don’t discount hydrating masks either.
Hydrating face masks and serums give your skin an added boost. The masks are easy enough to make at home, too, by using ingredients such as jojoba oil, bananas, and oatmeal for an efficient remedy.
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Overall, these small changes to your existing skincare routine will go a long way. By the time you’ve mastered your winter routine, summer will likely be on the horizon, so make sure your skin is bikini-ready.
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