Winter -It’s a time of reflection and observation. As the weather cools, more time is spent inside and there’s a tendency to slow life down.
It’s a period of nurturing and the perfect opportunity for bit of me-time.
But did you know Winter challenges the skin more than any other season, so it is very important to give it extra care and attention over the next few months.
And did you know that if the temperature drops below 8 degrees, our sebaceous glands dramatically slow production of sebum (or oil), or can stop completely?
A lack of sebum weakens the barrier of the skin. And this barrier is what protects and prevents skin from drying out. And if the skin is already compromised, it makes it even more essential that we maintain and enrich our skin care routine during the winter months.
Winter is certainly not time to slow down your skin care routine.
In order to prevent your skin from suffering during the cooler months, your summer moisturising routine will most likely need a few tweaks. A heavier moisturiser maybe needed to help support your skin’s barrier function.
Consider these ingredients…
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Shea Butter
And of course, humectants such as
- Hyaluronic Acid (capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water),
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Provitamin B5 to plump up the skin for a more dewy, hydrated complexion.
Also, you may decide to change your cleanser to something a little more hydrating such as a milk cleanser. To help maintain optimum moisture levels in your skin, our Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser removes makeup and daily debris while nourishing the skin with Vitamin E and Grape Seed Oil.
- Keep Showers Short and Warm – although tempting, hot long showers increase trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) and this is the number one cause of skin drying.
- Think about a humidifier which can restore the moisture to the air. Placing a few of these throughout your home can help to ensure a moisture-rich environment that is kinder to your skin.
- Dry Lips? – Use a small amount of your eye cream to give added moisture.
- Use a hydrating mask and leave on overnight (put a hand towel on your pillow) and notice how dewy your skin looks in the morning.
Don’t forget your sunscreen
Just because you’re not hitting the beach and basking in the warm sun this winter, doesn’t mean that you should forget about sun protection altogether. While it may not feel sweltering hot, the winter sun can still do plenty of damage. UVA rays are present all year round and are the main contributing factor for accelerated ageing.