Winter has finally arrived to the dismay of many, and while her arrival was to be expected, we will never quite get over the shock of it all. The cold weather brings with it big chunky boots, long coats and unfortunately, a few skin issues we never thought we’d have to deal with.
Cold temperatures and low humidity levels results in dry air that actually draws moisture away from the skin. This can lead to flair ups of eczema, psoriasis, dry patches and with more severe cases, it can lead to bleeding cracked skin.
To try and keep the effects of winter on your skin at bay, it’s important to switch up both your daytime and night time routines. Think about it this way; if you continue thinking that the routine you had during the summer months when the sun was shining, humidity levels were super high and you produced a lot more sweat than usual, will work for you in the same way during the winter...you may find yourself doing more damage to your skin to try and repair the damage done from leaving it exposed to the harshness of the cold (yes, we’re referring to that one time we all over exfoliated to try and get rid of a dry patch).
Here are a few winter skincare tips to help you get through the next few months:
When we say layering, some may think this refers to layering clothing and while this is key for the winter to keep our skin and bones warm; layering up your skincare products is just as important. After cleansing and toning, you should always use your lighter serums so they can penetrate the skin without interruption. You should follow this up with your moisturiser of choice and the last step in your routine should always be a facial oil to lock in all that moisture. This is a guaranteed way of ensuring that the dry outside air or the overly heated inside air doesn’t draw any of the moisture in your skin away. We recommend our Marula Oil Elixir which works to keep the skin hydrated for longer giving the skin a healthy radiant glow.
We can be fairly sure that you’re sick of hearing about how important sunscreen is and why we should be wearing it everyday, no matter the weather. We promise we’re not here to lecture you but...SPF in the winter is a massive benefit. Believe it or not, you can still get sunburnt during the winter as the sun is actually closer to the earth during these colder months. If you want to stay looking youthful and have your skin looking radiant, the right sunscreen will help you with this. It is estimated that 90% of wrinkles are as a result of overexposure to UVB rays and as we know, it’s literally sunscreen’s job to help protect us from that.
Article written by Nabilla Doma