How to Keep Your Skin Happy This Winter
Winter can be tough on our skin. Cold weather, harsh winds and rain can all have an impact, and though staying indoors cuddled up under a blanket is tempting, it isn’t always the best thing for your skin either.
In this post, we discuss what you can do to keep your skin happy and give yourself a boost before the weather gets warmer again.
1 Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!
It seems obvious, but a good moisturiser and skincare routine is the best thing you can do to help protect your skin this winter. The cold air and lower humidity can really take its toll, as the lack of moisture in the air means skin gets drier than in the warmer months, which can lead to flaking, cracking and chapped lips. Using a richer moisturiser than in summer, as well as a hydrating lip balm with SPF protection, will help give your skin the nourishment it needs.
Thicker, creamier products are great for dry skin, but for oily or combination skin types, finding humectant products that aren’t too thick and won’t clog your pores is vital. Avoiding astringent cleansers, including those with alcohol in them (often listed as alcohol denat on ingredient lists) will also help boost hydration.
To help find the right skincare regimen for you, Katie Alex stocks Alumier MD’s range of skincare solutions. Alumier MD offer products for a wide range of skin types and concerns, including sensitive, dry, oily and combination skin, as well as ranges for problem skin, including anti-ageing treatments, as well as solutions for acne, hyperpigmentation and rosacea.
If you want to help brighten, smoothen and rejuvenate skin, chemical peel treatments can also help give your skin a boost. They help to reduce acne and the appearance of sun damage, while refreshing and illuminating your skin.
2 Turn the Hot Tap Off.
There is nothing nicer than turning the shower up or climbing into a hot bath when the weather outside is just horrible. Unfortunately, this might be doing your skin more harm than good. Very hot or long showers can strip the skin of it’s natural oils, leading to drier skin, and more breakouts as your skin overcompensates by producing excess oil to make up for what it has lost. This goes for your hair as well! 5-10 minute showers in warm or lukewarm water are what is best for your skin. If you have to warm up quickly or just can’t go without your long, hot showers, use an absorbent moisturiser straight away to reduce the strain on your skin and lower oil production.
3 Protect your Skin.
Just because the sun isn’t shining, it doesn’t mean you can neglect your protecting your skin from the sun. Everyone, regardless of skin tone or type should wear an SPF of at least 30 anytime you’re going outside, even in winter. Dressing appropriately for the weather, including a hat, scarf and gloves if you need them is also vital to keeping your skin happy and healthy.
Physical, or mineral sunscreens containing titanium oxide or zinc oxide are particularly effective, as they sit on top of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays back off it, but chemical options which absorb into the skin and convert the harmful rays into non-damaging light and heat are also available. If you’re particularly active, chemical sunscreen is best, as it won’t sweat off, but if you have skin conditions like rosacea or acne, physical sunscreens will cause less irritation as they don’t absorb into the skin.
If your skin is suffering from prior sun damage, a dermaroller treatment might be perfect for you. Dermaroller treatments work by puncturing the skin with tiny needles to cause “micro-injuries”, which stimulates the body’s natural healing and rejuvenation processes to leave skin brighter and smoother, and can reduce wrinkles and stretch marks, as well as improving the appearance of sun damaged skin.
4 Try and Stay Active.
If it’s cold and rainy outside, exercise might be the last thing on your mind, but it will do wonders to keep your skin looking its best. Going for a walk, or even hitting the gym if you feel up to it, will increase your circulation and blood flow, jump-starting your skin’s own renewal processes and brightening your complexion.
5 Turn Down the Heating.
While the cold air outside is drier than in summer, unfortunately, so is the warm air in your house. Sitting by a hot radiator or open fire dries out the air, and your skin will feel it too. Turning the heating down a little will not only save on your heating bill, but will keep your skin feeling fresher and hydrated. You can also invest in a humidifier if your house is getting a little too chilly!
6 Stay Hydrated.
It may seem obvious, but drinking water is a surefire way to hydrated, plump skin. It is recommended that we drink two litres of water a day! If this seems like a lot, try consuming foods high in water too, like peppers, cucumber, watermelon, kiwi and tomatoes, which will help increase your water intake without you even realising it.
Winter can be tough on your skin, but if you take care of it, your skin will thank you. At Katie Alex Aesthetics, we have experience caring for all types of skin. If you still feel like you could do with a boost to get you through the last leg of the winter months, see if our chemical peels or Dermaroller treatments are right for you. Contact the clinic on 0161 9891211 and see how Katie Alex can keep your skin happy this winter.