The winter is getting closer and we can definitely feel it in the air now. We can finally dig out our winter wardrobe, rug up in a comfy blanket, warm up a heat pack and enjoy a cup of herbal tea. But what about our skin? Skin is our largest organ and it is exposed to different environmental factors such as the sun, wind, water, heaters and aircons 24/7, which is why we need to take really good care of it. Below are some simple steps that you can implement today for a beautiful glowing skin this season.
Avoid hot showers and baths
While it might feel delightful to have a long, hot shower on a chilly morning, it will strip away your skin’s natural oils, causing dryness and dehydration. Try to keep the temperature mild, and don’t stand under the stream for any longer than you need to. If you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. If you do indulge in a hot shower or bath, make sure you moisturise your face and body immediately after getting out. You have about three minutes before the moisture boost from the water evaporates. Moisturisers lock in moisture so it’s best to use them straight after the shower when your skin is still damp.
Keep up your water intake
Your thirst response isn’t as active in winter, so despite the fact that you lose a significant amount of fluid when you breathe in cold air, and dry indoor heating will leach moisture from your skin, you’re less inclined to sip water throughout the day. Try to drink as much water as you do on a hot day to keep your cells, and skin, well hydrated. Herbal teas and warm water with a squeeze of lemon are also great options to keep you hydrated and warm at the same time. Try to reduce caffeine, soft drinks and alcohol as they have a dehydrating effect on your body and skin.
Hydrate from the inside out
Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. It is also extremely important to increase your fat intake. Our cell membranes are made of fat and without it our skin is more prone to dryness and sensitivities. Consume fatty fish, avocado, nuts, seeds and oils to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth. You could also add in a good quality omega 3 supplement such as EFA’s 1000mg Max Complex by Skintrition.
Choose your cleanser wisely
Cleansing is something we all do on a daily basis (ideally every morning and night) and even though the cleanser is on your skin for about 30 seconds, it makes a huge difference. Some cleansers can be really harsh, stripping your skin from natural oils and impairing your skin’s protective barrier. It is important to use a gentle hydrating cleanser that repairs the barrier on the skin all year around, but especially in the cooler months. Our favourite is the Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser by O Cosmedics.
Cell turnover is slower in winter, which means dead skin can build up on your face and body. Not only can this make you flaky and itchy, but it may also make your skin look dull. Plus the dead skin cells act as a barrier between any oils or moisturisers you apply, making them less effective. Aim to exfoliate your body with a loofah or Ginger&Me Sugar Scrub 2 to 3 times a week. For your face, use a gentle facial scrub like Exfoliating Cleanser, enzyme exfoliant like 3 in 1 Fruit Peel (both by O Cosmedics) or a mild exfoliating cleanser such as AHA Milk-Gel Cleanser by Neurocosmedics
Add some mist to your life
Indoor heating and lower air humidity make it very hard for your skin to stay hydrated. Humidifiers inject moisture back into the air and are very simple to use. You can buy a tabletop humidifier, essential oils diffuser or place a few bowls of distilled water around your bedroom as you sleep.
It is also a really good idea to apply a hydrating mist to your skin several times a day. Mists can be sprayed on the skin before moisturiser, morning and night, but also on top of your make-up throughout the day to continuously hydrate the skin. We love the Multi-Active Mist by Skinstitut which is really hydrating, brightening and soothing.
Use hydrating masks
Make sure you use a face mask, such as the Skinstitut Hydrating Mask, once a week during the cooler months to add extra hydration to your skin. We are also loving the Lonvitalite 24K gold & collagen eye masks to keep the delicate eye area hydrated, smooth and free of fine lines. Using a mask doesn’t have to be difficult or take up extra time, you can just put on your mask and do some house work!
Upgrade your moisturiser
Moisturising your skin is crucial for keeping it hydrated throughout the winter. You might need to use a different moisturiser for summer and winter. Brisbane summer is so hot and humid that many of us like to use a very lightweight moisturiser on our face and body. However, when the weather starts to cool down, we need to make sure we use a nice rich moisturiser, as well as a hydrating serum, such as Pure Age Defiance Serum or an oil balm such as Youth Activating Oil Balm on our face. Just be mindful that you don’t use any products that contain mineral oils which can clog your pores. Same goes for our body, a beautiful rich body cream or body oil is the way to go. Ginger&Me has a range of beautiful body butters and oils available.
Even though the sun may not feel as strong, damaging UV rays are still hitting your exposed skin, reducing ceramide levels and preventing skin from holding onto moisture, not to mention causing pigmentation, ageing of the skin and even skin cancer. Apply a physical sunscreen such as zinc oxide with an SPF of 30+ such as Mineral Pro by O Cosmedics every day for a beautiful youthful skin.
Night time nourishment
Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, knees and cuticles tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing ointment such as Healthy Hoof at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning. Get used to also wearing gloves and scarves during the day to protect your skin from cold winds, rain and cool temperature. Make sure you also wear gloves while doing the dishes, cleaning and other household jobs, and whenever possible, apply moisturiser to your hands after washing them.
So there you go, these are our favourite tips for looking after your skin this winter. We hope that this has been helpful and you feel a bit more confident about taking care of your skin in the coming months. If you have any questions at all, please let us know and we are more than happy to help!
The In Therapy Glam Squad