It might seem only a few months since last winter, but autumn will pass quickly and we’ll soon be dealing with long winter nights and chilly winter weather once more! For those of us with dry or sensitive skin, winter is a particularly annoying time of year. Cold, dry air and central heating can further dry out our skin, leaving it more vulnerable to irritation. Tweaking your skincare routine for winter can help you reduce or eliminate the common skincare problems you suffer during the winter months. While everyone’s skincare needs and problems are different, there are many general skincare tips we can offer to help you through the winter.
#1: Change your moisturiser
If you have dry skin, your lightweight summer moisturiser won’t cut it in winter. You need something richer and heavier to keep your skin looking great through the winter months. Avoid fragranced products or those containing essential oils, as these could cause further irritation. It may take some time to find the right moisturiser for your skin, so start searching now.
#2: Drink more water
We’re constantly being told that drinking more water is great for our health, and our skin is included in this. Aim for 2-3 litres of water each day. Your skin will lose its moisture more quickly in winter, so it’s important to drink more water to replenish the water that is lost. Dehydrated skin is clearly weaker and drier. Don’t expect water to remove your wrinkles, but it’ll certainly help you to combat dryness.
#3: Keep up the sunscreen
Even when there’s a raging snowstorm outside, some UVA radiation will continue to penetrate the clouds and reach your skin. This type of radiation penetrates deeply into your skin, causing long-term damage such as premature aging and even skin cancer. Ignore the ‘sun’ in sunscreen – you should really try and get into the habit of using it every day, regardless of the weather.
#4: Avoid long hot baths and showers
As comforting as a superhot shower can be in winter, it’s not doing your skin any favours. The high temperatures strip the oils from your skin – the last thing you need during winter. Remember to moisturise straight after your bath or shower in order to minimise the damage. Try and shorten your showers or lower their temperature.
#5: Consider a humidifier
If your skin still suffers from dryness, it may be time to invest in a humidifier. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, immediately eliminating the main cause of winter skin woes – dry air.
#6: Use Vaseline as a heavy-duty moisturiser
Petroleum jelly is extremely effective at locking moisture into your skin. Use it on top of your normal moisturiser, or as a replacement for it. It also works fantastically on your lips. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline before bed and wash off in the morning, or wear it in the day. Petroleum jelly is an affordable alternative to many pricier rich moisturisers, and it’s a great option for all of us in the winter months.
#7: Don’t forget your gloves
It’s all too easy to forget to look after our hands in winter. Applying your normal hand cream may not be enough to protect your skin – don’t forget to wear gloves whenever you’re out and about.
#8: Consider taking fish oil supplements
Fish oil is packed with omega-3. If you suffer from dry skin, you may wish to think about taking fish oil supplements to try and reduce the problem. However, be sure to speak to your GP before taking any supplements, as they may affect your medication.
Remember, everyone’s skin is different – there are no ideal skincare products that work for us all. It’ll take time to find the right routine for you, but once you’ve found it you’ll never have to suffer from winter skincare problems again. Head over to Direct Cosmetics to check out our skincare selection and start stocking up for winter!