How To Keep Your Skin Glowing In Winter
We all prepare our skin for summer, so it’s time to do the same for winter. Starting with a strengthening cleanser. The right one will preserve your skin’s natural oils which act as an effective barrier against the environment. And keep your skin glowing throughout the winter months. Does your skin feel tight after you’ve washed your face? This is a sign your skin’s already been stripped dry. Try opting for a mild lotion, balm or oil without soap or fragrance, and use a light touch as scrubbing can cause irritation.
It’s also a good idea to get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands. Choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
For your face:
For your body:
Add an SPF to your routine too, as it’s just as essential on a cold, bright day as it is in summer. It’s insane to spend lots on anti-ageing products without ensuring that you wear sunscreen every day. In the UK, women spend as little as 3% of their anti-ageing budget on the thing that protects them best from the cause of 80% of ageing! Dry-touch matte-finish sunscreens such as Vichy Capital Soleil Face Fluid, £16.50 work under makeup and are non-comedogenic, so won’t break you out.
We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands. As well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.
Eating foods high in water content can help get your skin glowing from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider a good omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.