How To Up Level Your Skin Care for Winter
You would not wear the same clothes to go outside in the winter as you do in the summer, so why would you use the same skincare products and keep to the same routines when the weather gets colder? Your skin is sensitive to changes in the temperature, weather and humidity, and deserves a little TLC if you want it to look its best in the colder months.
Going from warm, heated offices and homes out into cold winds and wet weather is harsh on your skin. Skin needs to maintain a constant supply of moisture, and when the humidity drops outside and is stripped out of centrally heated indoor environments, it can leave thirsty skin screaming for a little hydration. The winds that often accompany wet, cold winter weather can also lead to wind burn, where the skin on your lips and hands becomes red and dries out.
It does not help that to warm up we will spend longer in hot baths and steamy showers on cold days. Who hasn’t spent just a few minutes longer under a hot shower to avoid the cooler bathroom air? This might feel like a luxury but it is actually stripping your skin of even more of the natural oils it needs to help look and feel good. No wonder your skin often needs intensive care after a harsh winter. Many of us find ourselves with dry and irritated skin that is cracked, chapped and flaky.
What skincare product do you most need to use in winter?
The first step in protecting the health of your skin is to look for a really good quality hydrating moisturiser. The best moisturiser you can afford should form the bedrock of any winter skincare routine. If you feel that despite using a moisturiser regularly, your skin is feeling tight, irritated or flaky, upgrade your moisturiser to one that’s suitable for dry skin, even if you do not usually suffer from dryness. Locking the hydration in and the inclement weather out will help keep the skin on your face much healthier.
In the winter it can pay to switch to rich oil-based creams, even if you prefer using lighter water based lotions during summer. The water in the lighter lotions can evaporate off your skin, so the effects are not as long lasting as a more heavy duty oil-based cream. You will get used to the way it feels and in the long run it should leave your skin feeling much more comfortable.
Ingredient-wise, look for a product which contains Vitamin E, as it is helpful for keeping moisture in. Anything that has a built in humectant is also great for winter skin as these ingredients work to attract moisture to your skin.
Algologie’s Des Vagues Hydration skincare range has the ideal face moisturiser to protect your skin during winter. The Hydra-Comfort Rich cream is perfect for dry, dehydrated skin and provides intensive, quick hydration. It offers good protection for cold weather and is a very smooth, richer cream due to the higher concentration of marine extracts, Vitamin E and other active ingredients. Suitable for mature and very dry skin.
Other winter skincare saviours
Even if you don’t normally use it, a lip balm is a great addition to your winter skincare routine. It helps to avoid cracked sore lips and will keep them pout perfect all winter long. Fleur De Mer’s lip conditioner and balm is a nourishing base of beeswax, macadamia and apricot oil to moisten and hydrate the driest of lips. Combining the healing powers Centella Asiatica and Vitamin E, quick relief is guaranteed for cracked, chapped lips. With SPF it will protect against sun, wind and cold climate conditions while leaving a soft glossy finish.
Make sure that you use a gentle, creamy cleanser or milk as part of your cleansing routine daily, along with a soothing, gentle eye cream that will protect the delicate skin around your eye area from the effects of the wet, cold and wind.
Algologie’s Des Dunes Sensitive skin care range has a gentle cleansing milk specially formulated for all skin types. The Gentle Cleansing Milk cleanses and hydrates the skin perfectly for a radiant glow, leaving the skin feeling fresh and relaxed. Algologie’s Initial Energy eye contour cream is for all skin types, particularly where there are signs of ageing, lines and dryness around the eye area. It is richer for drier skins, hydrates the eye area and reduces the appearance of ageing and puffiness.
What not to do in winter
Some products just make your skin worse in the winter months, so if you want to stay feeling great, you should avoid them.
Anything which could potentially block your pores (is comedogenic) is a no-no when it’s cold. Shea oil and mineral are two oils not normally recommended for colder conditions as they can have a blocking effect.
Highly fragranced products are another irritant for sensitive skin. Even if you do not normally have sensitive skin, the winter ravages can make it more so. Avoid them wherever possible.
Harsh products are probably best left until spring – your skin deserves to be nurtured and nourished when the environment is doing its best to ruin it. Avoid products with alcohol in, strong peels and harsh toners, opting instead for gentle products.
Invest in a regular good nourishing winter facial and use gentle products that help lock in moisture and keep your skin healthy. That way, when spring arrives, you won’t have to go into repair mode!
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