So you’ve got your winter wardrobe sorted, but now it’s time to give your skin the attention it needs to adjust to the cooler weather.
While you don't need to totally change your routine, if you follow the tips below, and make a few minor adjustments, you will keep your skin in optimum condition during the cooler months.
1 – Hydrate
Given our skin gets dry and flaky during winter from dry air and heated rooms, it’s just as important to stay hydrated in the cooler months. It’s easy to forget to drink enough water during winter simply because you’re not as thirsty. Carry an eco-friendly water bottle wherever you go – in your bag, in your car and my favourite is keeping one on my desk at work so you don't forget, plus needing to head to the toilet regularly keeps you more active during the day as well.
2 – Use a Gentle Cleanser
If your skin is prone to drying out try steering clear of a foam based cleanser. I like DnA Elements Revitalising Cleanser or The Little Alchemist Papaya & Geranium Cleansing Milk.
3 – Add an Oil to your Routine
Before applying your moisturiser at night, it’s a good idea to use a Facial Oil or Body Oil before your moisturiser to help lock in moisture. For the face I use The Little Alchemist Ultra C Radiance Serum or if you have super sensitive skin go for the DnA Elements Jojoba Oil. Did you know, the make up of jojoba oil is the same as the sebum in our skin, therefore it can penetrate further into the dermis. The structure of jojoba oil also makes it anti-irritating. Jojoba is also packed with powerful antioxidants which help nourish your skin.
For the body, try Bodecare Jojoba Oil, or DnA Elements Bath & Body Oil before using a lotion such as Eco by Sonya Driver Coconut Body Milk. If you don't fancy an oil or are short on time, use this Intensive Repair Balm which is perfect for dry and inflamed skin and rich in antibacterial and antioxidant properties for ultimate protection and nourishment.
4 – Avoid Really Hot Showers & Baths
As tempting as they can be when it’s cold, it is best to avoid really hot showers and baths because they can actually dehydrate your skin and make it feel itchy. If you can’t resist, however, it’s best to moisturise immediately after your hot shower or bath to lock the moisture in.
5 – Add Hyaluronic Acid to your routine
Hyaluronic Acid holds it weight in water one thousand times, so when the air is dry at least your skincare will be keeping the moisture in! Hyaluronic acid also helps to keep you looking youthful by plumping out your skin and any wrinkles that may ne creeping in. One of my all time favourites is Clemence Organics Ultimate Face Cream.
6 – Enjoy the Outdoors
Once you’re out and about, the cooler weather isn’t so bad after all! Rug up, grab your water bottle and head out for a nice long walk and enjoy the change in scenery. Not only will this be great for your mental health it will also get the blood pumping and help you achieve that healthy glow! Enjoy!!