Winter Skincare Tips

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: 

Drink water

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This may sound super basic and like a broken record, but drinking enough water on a daily basis is very important. As well as being good for your overall health and wellbeing, water is really good for your skin. Hydration of the body is key to the hydration of the skin - yes layering up products will help retain moisture but if you don’t feed your insides the goodness it needs, how do you expect your skin on the outside to stay on track and stay hydrated? Think about it.

Layering

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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.

Gentle Exfoliation

Winter means there’s more of a chance of you developing dry or rough patches on your skin, this doesn’t mean the only way to tackle this is by aggressively exfoliating with harmful products that can cause further issues, but it also doesn’t mean that exfoliating is the enemy. Gently exfoliating physical scrubs of chemical exfoliants will help to remove any dead skin cells and renew the new layer of skin. You should aim to exfoliate 1-2 times a week to ensure you’re not causing surface damage that can make your skin overproduce oil and cause breakouts. We recommend our Instant Glow Acai Scrub and Mask, it’s super gentle and works to help block acne from forming. We also recommend our Azelaic Acid  as it's a chemical exfoliant that comes in a gel form, so suitable for most skin types.

Sunscreen

Illustration of woman applying sunscreen in pink shirt holding an orange squeeze tube 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 

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