9 Winter Skin Care Secrets for Great Skin all Year Round
Cold, harsh Winters can have a dramatic impact on the condition of our skin. Central heating at home and at work can leave the air dry leading to dull and dehydrated skin, whilst outside freezing temperatures and icy winds can make skin sensitive.
For those with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis the Winter skin problems will sound only too familiar as the extremes of temperatures make skin conditions worse. Though there is little we can do to change the weather we can take preventative winter skin care measures to help protect our skin and keep it glowing for Christmas parties and on into the New Year.
The best solution is to prevent the skin from becoming too dehydrated in the first place, especially if you have a dry skin type or your skin is sometimes dry.
It is now time to take preventative steps to maintain your healthy skin.
1. Try turning down the central heating
Just turning the heating down by a degree or two can make a dramatic difference as the air will retain a higher level of moisture, this will prevent the air striping moisture from your skin as well as saving you a few pennies or rather pounds on heating not to mention helping you burn a few extra calories as your body works harder to keep warm…oh and its greener too of course!
2. Try putting a bowl of water next to the radiators in the rooms you use most.
This will help replace some of the moisture that the heating takes away.
3. Make sure you get enough sleep.
Never underestimate the power of a good long sleep, the beauty industry works tirelessly to try to recreate it but they can’t. Whilst you sleep your body heals and recovers from all that’s been thrown at it, not only will it help with any eye bags or dark circles it helps your skin to maintain its oil and moisture levels. Make sure that you bag your 8 hrs, 7 at least and more if you can…and it’s free!
4. Try an anti allergy pillow case
Especially if you skin is sensitive or you have skin allergies. Dust mites live in bedding even clean bedding. Making sure you always wash your bedding at 60 degrees can improve this but you don’t wash your pillow every week. If you have more sensitive skin in the morning after you have slept this is definitely worth a try.
5. Avoid alcohol and spicy food.
The former will further dehydrate your skin and the later will aggravate sensitive skin. If you do drink alcohol, drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink to help combat the dehydrating effects.
6. Up your intake of essential fatty acids.
Dermatologists are studying the effectiveness of omega fatty acids on the skin. Upping your levels by increasing the amount of foods you eat that contain essential fatty acids such as oily fish like salmon, nuts and eggs or taking a oil supplement can help you regulate the oil levels in your skin.
7. Regularly exfoliate.
Though it is important not to overly exfoliate dry or sensitive skin especially in Winter, exfoliating the skin will improve the skins texture and stimulate it to work more efficiently. If you find facial scrubs harsh, try using a soft flannel and rub in small circles all over the face. Do not do this if you are suffering from eczema, psoriasis or any other skin condition unless you have been advised to do so by your doctor or dermatologist.
8. Massaging your skin with a nourishing face oil.
This will provide an extra barrier against the outside environment. Try using a ready mixed beauty oil or just a simple rose oil to massage your skin.(see our sections on DIY Massage LINK TO MASSAGE SECTION) this will help your skin by replenishing oil, preventing further loss of moisture and oil as well as stimulating the blood supply to the face getting you glowing.
Speaking of getting glowing…
9. Quick booster for tired, dull winter skin.
Fake it. Sweep a bronzer suited to your shin tone and brush lightly across the forehead, cheeks and nose before adding blusher to the apples of your cheeks…we all sometimes need a little extra help and if done lightly this really works wonders.
Do you suffer from winter skin problems? Let us know how the tips above helped you or if you have any additional tips worth sharing.