Come winter it’s easy to forget your skin needs a little extra TLC. It also can be difficult to find the time to ensure your skin is getting what it needs during the colder months.
It’s that time of year again; the cold and wind, in combination with the drying effects of central heating can leave our skin feeling dry and dull. Here are 8 steps to incorporate into your winter skin care.
Winter Skin Care Tip 1. Exfoliate
Exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin cells that make skin look dull and dry. Keep it gentle though, as using harsh exfoliators will strip your skin of its natural protective moisture barrier, and limit to 2 or 3 times per week. For sensitive skin, natural fruit enzymes such as papaya extract break down dead cells without the need for any abrasives. A twice-weekly exfoliation of your body will also help prevent winter concerns, such as scaly legs and dry knees and elbows.
Humidity levels fall during winter and the central heating dries the air further, leading to dry skin. A moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture into the skin can help. Hyaluronic acid absorbs moisture from the atmosphere and can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. It occurs naturally in the skin, but levels decline with age and we can therefore benefit from extra, especially in winter. Taking hyaluronic acid internally will also allow your skin to hold on to more water. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too.
3. Lips, Hands and Feet Care
Lips, hands and feet often suffer in the cold weather and need some extra TLC. Regularly apply lip balms containing shea butter or beeswax, plus natural oils such as argan or avocado oil to protect and moisturize lips. Apply hand cream after washing your hands and stay away from hand sanitisers and other products containing alcohol, which is very drying. As a pampering treatment, apply a thick layer of hand and foot cream before bed and soft cotton gloves and socks, and wake up with silky soft hands and feet.
4. Essential Fats
Essential fats moisturise your skin from the inside, giving you supple and glowing skin. Oily fish are the best source and ideally should be eaten two or three times a week. If you don’t eat fish, it is definitely worth considering an omega-3 supplement. Other good sources are nuts and seeds especially flax, pumpkin and chia seeds. Nuts and seeds also provide a healthy dose of vitamin E, another essential skin nutrient, which helps skin retain moisture, aids healing and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
5. Get Moving
Movement is essential for good circulation, which carries nutrients and oxygen to feed your skin – the health of your skin is completely dependent on the nutrients it receives this way. It also removes waste products and toxins that can cause breakouts and dull skin. Exercise also improves the functioning of the immune system, energy levels and sleep quality – all of which can suffer in winter. It also helps manage stress, which is your skin’s worst enemy.
6. Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin C is essential for healthy collagen production, which helps maintain the strength and elasticity of our skin. Peppers, green leafy vegetables, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruit, tomatoes, peas and papaya are top sources. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron, which is needed for transporting oxygen around the body, including to the skin and can be found in lean meat, spinach, kale, seeds and beans. B complex vitamins are another skin essential and are found in whole grains, fish, nuts, eggs, broccoli and Beauty & Go Skin Revive.
7. Don’t Forget SPF
UV rays that cause skin damage and ageing penetrate through the clouds, so wearing SPF is still an important step in your winter skin care. There are two kinds of SPF, providing either a chemical or a physical barrier. The latter are more natural, as they don’t contain chemicals, and they also provide the best protection. Look out for products containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. In addition, protect yourself against the winter elements by wrapping up warm and covering the delicate skin around your face and neck.
8. Drink Skin Revive
Add a beauty drink to your winter skincare regime. Skin Revive helps counteract the damaging effects of winter by strengthening your skin from the inside out. It also contains ingredients to support your immune system, your general health and your energy levels, all of which can suffer at this time of year. The combination of real fruits, hyaluronic acid, collagen, Manganese salt, B and C vitamins and Macro-Antioxidants® help to keep skin healthy during winter.