5 Ways to Take Care of Your Skin This Winter!
Ok, you and your skin can tell… The weather has officially turned! At least we had a decent summer this year though right?!
So what does this change in weather mean for your skin?
When the air is dry, it causes the moisture in your skin to evaporate! Great! Not! It means that you’re more likely to suffer from dry flakey skin, particularly if you’re prone to suffering with eczema or other dry skin conditions. What can you do? Opt for richer moisturizers that are more nourishing for your skin. You change your clothes when its colder outside, so why not your skincare products?!
Cold weather = Comfort eating
I know… Pizza, hot chocolate, blanket, sofa & movie night. When its freezing cold raining outside there’s really no better feeling is there? BUT we all know that what we eat has an impact on our complexion. Cold weather tends to mean comfort food, which is usually made up of bad carbs. Now I’m definitely not a dietitian, and I LOVE my comfort food, but I also know when I’ve over indulged. I breakout. A lot. That’s because foods which have a higher GI (Glycemic index) make your sugar levels spike which increase hormones that are responsible for acne. So during winter months, try to stick to slow release carbs if you can, like wholemeal bread, oatmeal and brown rice. Avoid white bread, crisps & potatoes. I know! I’m sorry! But your skin will thank you, I promise!
Around your home & in your car
Ever notice your lips suffer in the colder months? When you’ve got your heating on more at home or in the car, the air is dryer. And we know now that this means the air sucks the moisture from your skin. To combat this at home, place a couple of bowls of water near your radiators. (It’ll be cheaper than buying a humidifier!) Make sure you open your windows for a little while to avoid condensation and get a good airflow through the house. Also, make sure you stay hydrated! Its harder to drink more water when its not really warm outside, I know. But it really is the best thing you can do for your skin.
Sudden changes in temperature
Again this is related to heating and going from cold weather outside to a heated room or car. According to Harley Street dermatologist Dr. Ariel Haus, when there is a rapid temperature change, the capillaries in your skin contract and expand which can lead to broken veins and redness. So try and remember to wrap up warm when you go outside to reduce the difference in temperature from outside to indoors. Also look for products with anti inflammatory and anti irritant ingredients such as Rosehip, Frankincense and Lavender. (We LOVE these ingredients and use them our Sweet Dreams Night Cream, Pretty Peepers Eye Cream)
Hot baths & Shower!
I’ll admit, I was devastated to learn this because I love nothing more than a hot (And I mean HOT) bubble bath when its cold and dark outside. But its not great, because when the water in your bath or shower is too hot it can actually dissolve the protective barrier that your skin naturally produces! Instead, stick to warm baths and showers to protect your skin.
(I’m sorry… how pretty is this bath?? Totally going on my wishlist!)
Seriously though, its super easy to take care of your skin in the colder month! Have these tips helped?