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As it starts to become colder over here in Australia, our skin tends to start hating us and the weather. Healthy skin is something everyone wants and it can be hard to achieve. No one wants to deal with the added stress of unhealthy skin during the colder months. So, this post is dedicated to helping you figure out how to help your skin. It will be filled with product suggestions, tips and tricks and much more!
Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. Avoid taking long hot baths or showers, or using saunas, during the winter months.
Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash. Moisture is the best possible way to achieve healthy skin.
Some over-the-counter moisturisers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter and stay healthy. Try A’kin Rosehip Oil , ‘Over The Moon’ repair cream or Estee Lauder Repair and Renew Set
Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun! We recommend 2XP Hydrate Sunscreen 50 SPF.
Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out. Not really to do with skin care, but you should check out the Homedics Humidifier if you’re interested.
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time. Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Try some Nutralife One-a-Day Vitamins and Nature’s Own Zinc Tablets
Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas of the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturising balm at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning. Try Sukin Rosehip Overnight Moisturiser or Andalou Naturals Overnight Moisturiser
We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Also, moisture can’t get in if there are too many dead cells. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful when it’s cold. Give Dermalogica Gentle Exfoliating Cream and Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash a try.
Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. Try Dermalogica Cleanser or Neutrogena Moisturising Foaming Cleanser. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.
If you take a bath, add a few drops of essential oil to the water to help moisturize the skin. Try jasmine, chamomile, ylang-ylang, neroli, lemon, rosemary and peppermint. Give Artnaturals Top 6 Essential Oils pack a whirl.
Check the labels on your skincare products, and avoid toners and other products that contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin. Opt instead for products that contain less-drying astringent ingredients such as witch hazel.
If you start making some new habits and following most of these tips you’ll have healthy skin for sure. Do you have some favourite skin care brands or types of skin care you love and want to recommend? Let us know what you already use and how you use it to keep soft, healthy skin.
Charlotte is a high school student who is trying to figure out how to survive in the real world. She knows that no-one has any clue about what they are doing. But maybe if she blogs about her experiences then maybe that will help other people like her. Right? It certainly couldn’t hurt.