It’s that time of year again; time to wrap up warm, put the heating on full blast and drink a hot tea. Whilst the winter months can offer comfort at home and the promise of days off with snow, it does nothing good for the skin! So, here are 5 ways to avoid winter skin problems.
- Moisturise through massage
The skin can be very sensitive to environmental changes so best it’s best to be prepared for the harsh conditions. It is no secret that the cold dries out your skin but you can take steps to tackle this with a whole body massage. The sensual oils and heat will help stimulate blood circulation making you less prone to extreme dryness.
- Protect through clothing
Our extremities are the most vulnerable in winter so wear gloves or a hat to prevent cold winds, rain and snow from attacking the skin. Stay warm with layers, preferably cotton to allow your skin to breathe as well as keeping you toasty.
Wrapping up will help but of course there will always be skin exposed to the elements. Whilst we might be distracted by the temperature, don’t forget to use sunscreen and foundation with an SPF count as the winter sun can be just as damaging as the summer sun.
- Hydrate from the inside out
We might be tempted to opt for the warm drinks like tea, hot chocolate or coffee in the winter months but remember to drink water too. Water acts as a moisturiser from the inside out.
If water doesn’t appeal to you, try consuming foods with a high water concentration. Think watermelons, cucumbers, apples, kiwis, celery, tomatoes and carrots just to name a few.
- Wash in lukewarm water
It may be tempting to take hot showers and baths in the winter to warm yourself up but you could be damaging your skin. The hot water can affect the balance of your skin and strip away essential oils that lie on the surface.
If you can’t resist a hot bath, thoroughly moisturise (all over) with a quality moisturiser to prevent drying out. Better still if you can bear to rinse with cold water after your bath and before moisturising, this will help to constrict pores and lock in your natural oils.
- Moisturise overnight
Your body does a lot of its repairing overnight so think about investing in a deep moisturiser you can use to tackle the key areas. Our feet, hands, elbows and knees tend to get dryer quicker than most other parts of the body so make sure you target them before anything else.
For an extra little help, consider wearing gloves and socks over the moisturiser to lock it in until morning.
Ultimately, the cold weather will affect our skin, but keeping hydrated and moisturised will go a long way to keep your skin nourished and looking younger.
Your skin will get a bit dry, there’s no avoiding that. But to remove already dead, flaky and dull skin, and for intense moisturisation, think about having regular facials, spa manicures and pedicures (for exfoliation) as well as body massages to stay baby soft throughout the winter season.