As the months start to get colder, you may start to notice changes in your skin. Cold air and harsh winds all contribute to the dull, dry complexion that many of us experience during the winter. Here are 6 tips you can use to save your skin and bring back your glow this season!
- Switch up your cleansers
As the air gets colder skin gets dryer, meaning it’s vital to switch cleansers. Vulnerable skin calls for more gentle and balanced products, so ditch the stripping chemicals and try a PH balanced, hydrating cleanser to avoid dry, cracked skin. This Josh Rosebrook Complete Moisture Cleanse is perfect for gently yet effectively cleansing your skin with a PH balanced formula, whilst nourishing your skin and restoring its moisture.
- Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid may just be your new best friend! It’s one of the most hydrating molecules, with the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water and deliver deep hydration to further layers of your skin. As a staple and a must-have to restore moisture to your skin, make sure to incorporate HA this winter by applying it after any cleansers and exfoliants, and follow it up with a good moisturiser to lock it in. Try this Hydration Boost Concentrate to boost skin cell hydration by delivering a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, moisture-attracting humectants, and phytonutrient actives straight to the skin for deep and instant hydration.
- Choose gentle exfoliators
Exfoliating is perfect for removing dead, dry skin. But many physical exfoliants can be too abrasive and damaging to your skin’s natural barriers. The Korean Konjac Sponge , the original from The Konjac Sponge Co, is everything you need and more for gently exfoliating and cleansing dry and sensitive skin, removing dead skin cells to reveal fresh and glowing skin. Alternatively, for a more intense exfoliation, try choosing something gentle that contains naturally derived exfoliating particles, or switch to gentle chemical exfoliants that contain small amounts of AHAs. AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) are naturally occurring acids that dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells and remove them without damaging your skin. This Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator contains gentle bamboo stem particles and natural fruit AHAs that exfoliate your skin with potent yet gentle natural ingredients. Make sure to pay attention to your skin type and only choose ingredients and concentrations that are both effective and gentle on your skin.
With the lack of humidity in the air, skin loses much of its moisture. That’s why in winter it’s more important than ever to replenish your skin with moisturiser to keep it soft and hydrated. If you have dry skin, make sure to choose a richer moisturiser to give your skin deeper hydration. Oily skin types should opt for a water-based moisturiser that provides your skin with the moisture it needs without clogging your pores. This Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition is amazing for soothing and hydrating the skin, leaving it looking bright and plump – perfect for the winter.
- Use a serum
Serums, like moisturisers, provide your skin with much-needed moisture. However, serums contain more active ingredients that penetrate deeper layers of your skin providing deeper hydration, which is vital in the winter. Serums are thinner than moisturisers and quickly absorbed, so it’s best to use just before any moisturisers, oils or night creams. Try the S.W. Basics Day Serum, with soothing aloe and moisturising shea, to effectively nourish your skin.
- Keep the heat down
With temperatures dropping rapidly, it’s tempting to spend hours in burning hot showers. However, washing your face in hot water may be the underlying culprit of dull, dehydrated skin. Exposing your skin to too much hot water is proven to be drying, so make sure to cool it down and wash your face in lukewarm water.
By Alena Docker