When the cold weather sets in, it can become difficult to keep our skin as happy and healthy as it is during the rest of the year. Tightness, dryness, flaking, chapping, itchiness – we’ve all been there and like you, pondered whether having soft skin (not just for a temporary amount of time) and a glow in the winter is even a possibility?
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On a mission to answer this very question, here are our 13 winter skincare tips for women and which shall keep you glowing in the blustering months…
Let’s Check Out 13 Winter Skin Care Tips for Women
First things first, you have to drink water. A common misconception is that dry skin will be solved by piling on creams and oils – the more, the better. But your skin – which, after all, is made up of 64% water – is, in fact, largely dictated by your hydration levels. Drink the recommended two liters of water a day (at the minimum).
2. Face Wash
When it comes to taking off your makeup and cleaning your face, avoid skin wipes at all costs. Not only are most full of nasty chemicals, they’re also incredibly drying. Pick a kind face wash that’ll calm your skin, gently get rid of dirt and won’t leave your face with that horrible “stripped” feeling.
It’s hard to know whether you should ever exfoliate your skin. Use a product that contains charcoal which deep cleans skin pores to eliminate blackheads and dirt whilst absorbing excess oils and toxins.
Cleansing is an important step in a healthy skincare regime. Not only does it help to remove impurities from your skin – dirt, excess oil, dead skin – it also hydrates it and preps it for moisturizers, serums, and masks.
Again, we’re torn when it comes to toning. Do you? Don’t you? Truthfully, it’s a step you can skip as it’s really just an extra benefit but do try it if you can. If your skin’s very dry, you must not use a toner that contains alcohol as it’s much too strong for you. For those with oily skin – try a toner that specifically targets the problem.
Think of a serum like a more concentrated moisturizer that’s lightweight. By leaving out lubricants and thickening agents typically found in face creams, the active ingredients are able to penetrate the skin much faster. For those with oily skin who may have trouble with heavier lotion, serums are a winter skin SOS.
Winter skincare’s saving grace, moisturizer is essential but it’s crucial that you get the right one for your skin type. Before purchasing you should call on the advice of whoever’s serving you. Talk about your skin’s habits – is it flaky? Is it itchy? Is it sore? – So the product works to really eliminate your concerns.
8. SPF Protection
We cannot stress the importance of wearing SPF every day even if it’s cloudy and raining. UV light is always present and will cause irreversible damage if it’s not protected against. SPF should always be the last step in your skincare routine and the first in your makeup.
If cold weather is a trigger for your skin conditions, then you should try applying emollients to exposed areas such as hands, face and neck before going outside. Any exposure to cold weather on these areas can irritate and dry out the skin. Switch to an ointment from a cream if your skin is more dry than normal.
10. Don’t Stress
Stress is also a major trigger of skin flare-ups and the fear of skin conditions reoccurring can sometimes be a trigger in itself. Whatever the season, making sure your stress levels remain low is not only important for your skin but overall health as well.
11. Avoid Low-Fat Diets
When it comes to holistic health, achieving a healthy balance is really important. Choose healthy fats for healthy cell function – this can be added into your diet through foods such as avocados, fish, nuts and seeds and plant oils such as flax and hemp.
12. Try Light Exercise
Getting up and moving daily will boost circulation, and getting your muscles moving will increase your levels of ‘happy’ hormones or endorphins and blood flow. This, in turn, will give your skin a lovely healthy glow. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a light stroll or training at the gym, as long as you’re moving your skin will feel the benefits.
13. Ask For Professional Help
Taking control of your skin is about developing a healthy relationship between our skin and the world we live in. To help keep skin healthy we need to recognize and manage our own unique combination of triggers that cause drier skin or flare-ups.
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If you’re not sure if the weather is impacting your skin, visit Skin City and get yourself equipped with the best treatments to keep your skin radiant in winters.
Lastly, it’s always about prevention, and we want to equip you with the best products and treatments to keep your skin moisturized. Try these simple winter skin care tips, especially for women, and your skin will be taken care of, we promise.