Yikes! We are on that slippery slope of the cold snap. If you reside in the UK then you will no doubt be cranking up the heating & hibernating between layers of clothing.
There is no question that the winter wreaks havoc on our skin health and dryness can be a huge concern. Lets get ahead of the game with the temperature outside dropping and the heating going on indoors. Here are some precautionary winter skin health tips to take to prepare your skin for the cold front!
#1 Reanalyse your current skin care routine:
How do we know when it’s time to change up our daily skin routine? We are constantly being told to listen to our bodies & so you also have to really listen to your skin. If your skin doesn’t feel comfortable then a product is not working how it’s meant to. It’s time for a change! Does your skin feel tight? Is your skin experience excessive flaking? Are you producing more oil than normal? (Yes, dehydration/water loss increases oil within the skin.) If the products aren’t working anymore, your skin will let you know.
#2 Be sure to perform your night time routine:
When the heat is on at night that means your skin has dry air blowing on it for about seven hours or more while you sleep. The dry air looks for moisture wherever it can get it and that means taking it from your skin. A process of Osmosis. This makes your night time skin care routine crucial in the winter so you can prevent unnecessary dryness.
You should be using a nighttime moisturiser (any moisturiser without SPF) that is appropriate for your skin type.
Many clients believe their night time moisturiser has to be heavy, greasy or oil based to last through the night, but that is not always true. The most important aspect of skin care is matching your products with your skin type so you’re giving your skin exactly what it needs.
#3 Use a humidifier, in your bedroom, especially if you are acne prone:
Before switching to heavier products try out this secret, yet simple, solution. Put a humidifier in your bedroom! This trick will work, for both dry skin and those prone to outbreaks. When we feel our skin getting dryer our first idea is to use a heavier, creamier moisturiser. For acne-prone skin a heavier product could contain comedogenic ingredients that can increase clogged pores, in this case, a product switch is unnecessary. A humidifier will put more moisture into the air, which will regulate your bedroom’s environment. Your skin can grab more hydration without causing you to purchase a new moisturiser.
#4 Incorporate more products into your routine:
The basics of just cleansing and moisturising may not be enough as your skin changes with the winter climate. Applying moisturiser consistently is important; however, when your skin craves more hydration, the answer is not adding on extra layers of your moisturiser product.The solution for alleviating tight, dry skin is using a specialty serum or elixir to accompany your moisturiser. Use the serum underneath your moisturiser to hydrate the skin because the damp skin will help to absorb your regular moisturiser more effectively.
#5 Switch to a milder cleanser:
I cannot stress enough the importance of not only washing your skin morning and night, but also to use a cleanser that will not dry the skin and cause damage.
Many foaming and gel cleansers made today are formulated with an ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. This ingredient is a surfactant; a cleansing agent that cuts oil from the skin. These ingredients are simply too harsh and will strip the water out of the skin after every washing leaving the skin feeling tight and creating more oil and shine. And what you wash with is the MOST important part of your skin care routine. Why? Because if you wash with a foaming cleanser or soap that is too drying, it pulls all the water out of the skin and creates dead, dry skin cell buildup. Then you have to quickly run and put your moisturizer on to put back in what you just took out! It makes no sense! Choose either cleansing lotions or gel cleansers that avoid the harsh ingredient, Sodium or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. These are better choices as they will effectively deep clean the pores but will not rob the skin of much needed water.
Also ensure you are applying your serums and moisturisers within 60 seconds of washing. Leaving the skin slightly damp allows your moisturiser to suck the water or other product deeper into the skin.