Winter is well and truly here, and whilst the cooler weather is very welcome, it can bring forth annoying and sometimes irritating changes to our skin and hair.
Dehydration of our skin cells becomes very real as we expose our bodies to heaters, air conditioning, warm showers and baths, fires, hair dryers, wind and cold weather. We naturally drink less water and our skin and hair get depleted and dehydrated very quickly.
Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do on a daily basis to boost and maintain your skins’ natural oils and hydration levels throughout the season.
Here are our 7 simple habits to incorporate into your routine for glowing, happy skin all winter long.
Moisturise all over!
Winter is the time up upgrade your face moisturizer to one that offers a higher level of hydration and protection. A quality moisturiser can be one of your greatest assets throughout the Winter months. Not only can it directly enhance the hydration of your skin, but regularly moisturising can also prevent flaking while simultaneously establishing a protective layer.
Don’t forget to moisturize your body too. Opt for a body butter or lotion that absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling plumped and hydrated throughout the day. Use one that doesn’t contain harsh and drying ingredients and fragrance.
Aim to apply it directly after showering to help the skin absorb and retain it. Also try to apply before bed so it can absorb while you sleep.
Drink Plenty Of Water
We tend to drink less water during the Winter months. Despite fluid loss throughout the day, whether it’s through indoor heating or by wearing multiple layers, we’re not inclined to rehydrate throughout the day. By being mindful of this effect, keeping a water bottle handy, and regularly sipping, our skin cells can remain hydrated and healthy. Herbal teas and coconut water are great too!
Enhance Your Diet
Drinking water isn’t the only way to replenish our skin cells, with water-based fruits also being a worthy hydration tool. Consuming fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, carrots, oranges, apples, tomatoes, and cucumber is an ideal way to boost water intake while delivering your body with a collection of skin-promoting nutrients. For example, vitamin C in some of these foods can help to encourage the production of elastin and collagen, boosting the strength and elasticity of your skin. Try to include some extra fish, hemp seeds and nuts for a boost of essential fatty acids.
Don’t Forget The SPF
Harmful UV rays can still cause damage to the skin during the months of Winter, contributing to ageing and the damage of skin cells. A simple way lessen these effects is to apply a moisturiser with SPF 15 or higher on the areas of the body that are likely going to be exposed. This includes the face, hands, etc.
Keep Your Lip Balm Handy
With chapped lips and Winter often going hand in hand, keeping a moisturising balm close by may prove to be a smart choice. After all, our lips can often dry out much quicker than our skin as they do not contain any oil glands. By carrying and using an ointment-based lip balm, the moisture in our lips can be retained, preventing any pesky cracks from occurring. Aim for a product with SPF to further enhance protection.
Wash In Warm Water
Long, hot showers and hot baths can seem like a treasure in Winter, however, they can leave our skin dry and itchy. By standing under the steaming stream, our skin’s natural oils are reduced, contributing to dry skin. Instead, swap to luke-warm showers and strive to wash for no longer than 10 minutes. Add some coconut oil to your bath and your skin will thank you.
Remember to Exfoliate
As dead skin cells accumulate on the skin’s surface, the moisturisers we use become less and less effective. By using a natural exfoliator or sugar scrub at least a couple of times a week, this barrier can be diminished, increasing the visual appeal and texture of our skin, and allowing applied moisturisers to do their job properly.
Simple ways to love the skin you’re in!