6 ways to winter-proof your skin
Depending on the season, your skin care needs can change considerably. In the hot humid months of summer, skin needs extra hydration, while the low humidity, windy weather combined with indoor heating experienced in winter can really zap skin of moisture - skin can become rough, tight, itchy, and a lot more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. So, how can you help save skin from the icy cold fingers of winter? Read our top six ways to winter-proof skin.
Switch up your moisturiser or simply layer it on
If you're happy with the moisturiser that you currently use, just lay it on extra thick during winter to create a barrier between your skin and the harsh environment. You might find that switching to a thicker cream during winter works even better.
Not so soapy
Foaming body washes and soaps can be great to use in summer when your skin feels like it is layered in grime thanks to the humidity, but during winter they can remove the protective layer of oil from the surface of the skin, drying it out even further. Hot baths and showers also tend to dry out the skin. But if you're not keen to give up that indulgence – no one relishes a lukewarm shower on an icy cold morning! - then try using a oil-based body wash.
Increase the humidity
Sitting three centimetres away from the heater all day might be cosy and warm, but the low humidity is exceptionally drying to the skin. Try placing a bowl of water near the heater or investing in a room humidifier. Even better, pack your bags and book yourself into a tropical Hawaiian holiday!
Not only does eating well help your feeling of general health and wellbeing, it can also give your skin a boost. Try to include foods that are rich in vitamins A and E, which can be found in a range of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A can be found in carrots and sweet potatoes as well as broccoli and spinach, whilst vitamin E can be found in nuts such as hazelnuts and almonds. Eating foods containing essential fatty acids such as omega 3 may also help play a role in supporting the skin. The best source of omega 3 is from oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna, sardines and herring.
Cold, windy weather than wreak havoc on even the most luscious of lips so it's important to upgrade your sweet and summery gloss to a thicker, more effective lip balm. And if, by chance, your lips have already succumbed to the elements and have started to flake, then treat them to a quick brush using a homemade exfoliation using a mixture of salt and olive oil, and then applying lip balm.
Hand it to me
Don't let dishpan hands pay a visit to you this winter! Our hands take a tonne of abuse every day, repeated washing with soap, and washing the dishes without gloves on can really strip the skin of its natural protective oils. Placing a tube of hand cream on your bedside table will prompt you to apply it every night, and come morning time, your hands will have absorbed all of the goodness and be ready to tackle the day.
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This article was written by Yvette Lee for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz