Winter is on its way, and let’s face it—it’s not good for your skin. Harsh winds, cold temperatures, and dry air tend to sap skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and stressed. Unfortunately, it’s not only the weather that can challenge your winter skin care. Stress, changes in routine, and eating more sugar and fat than usual (which can happen around the colder days) can cause an occasional breakout, tightness, and dullness. You can help reduce these effects by taking some precautions in your daily skin care routine. Try these tips.
Swap face wipes for a hydrating cleanser
Cold weather and central heating can take a lot of moisture out of the skin, so it’s important to incorporate some really hydrating products into your regime over the winter. A gentle, moisturising cleanser like Epiwash will not only keep the complexion looking fresh and healthy, but will also help the rest of your skincare work more effectively, while harsh products such as face wipes can strip the skin of its natural oils. “Opt for a micellar water instead,” advises beauty expert, Nathalie Eleni. “They are just as quick and easy to use, but are far more effective and hydrating Winter protection Don’t let the cool climate fool you into forgetting about sun protection! Even during the winter months the sun’s harmful rays can be potentially damaging. Always apply a daily face sunscreen like Xeroderm SPF40 to protect skin from UVA and UVB.
Replenish your skin overnight
During the night, your skin is at its most susceptible to the efficacy of skincare, so it’s a great opportunity to load it with nourishment. Using a face oil as this will help to lock in moisture without leaving the skin feeling greasy. If you don’t want to spend tons of money, you can pick up a simple almond or coconut oil from the chemist which will work just as well. applying it just before bed as this will allow the oil to nourish and replenish the skin as you sleep.
Invest in a good moisturiser
A good moisturizer is one of the most vital parts of a winter skincare regime as it replenishes the skin with valuable lipids – essential components to healthy barrier function – therefore restoring hydration. When choosing a moisturiser, look for ingredients such as vitamin E as its rich in antioxidants, which help to defend the skin against harmful environmental aggressors such as pollution. Hyaluronic acid is also a powerful molecule used in moisturisers’ and serums that holds 1,000 times its own weight in moisture. Extremely hydrating yet ultra-lightweight – it’s a real game-changer. Epizone dry skin range will be a good place to start.
Remove dullness with regular exfoliation
Adding exfoliation to your weekly regime will remove the dullness and flaking caused by dead skin cells. For the best results, use an in-shower tool for deep pore exfoliation that is six times more effective than a manual exfoliation scrub. This innovative tool can be used on wet or dry skin, and comes with two interchangeable exfoliating brushes: one for the whole body and one for more sensitive areas. Begin at the feet and work up the body to stimulate blood flow and help combat cellulite. This should help to improve skin tone and softness, revealing beautiful glowing skin. For quick yet effective exfoliation routine, the Epiwash Exfoliating Scrub is a purifying and exfoliating scrub that can be used 2-3 times a week.
Listen to your skin’s needs
If you feel like you need to apply a moisturizer during the day it is likely your skin routine needs tweaking. Try swapping your lotion to a cream and massaging it into your skin for 30 seconds to maximize its effects. Treatment masks should focus more on hydrating than deep cleansing at this time of year.
Look after your lips
Licking sore lips will only exacerbate dryness and can cause what is referred to as ‘lick eczema’. Make sure your lips are sealed with an effective ointment at all times, particularly before eating and drinking, as some foods like tomatoes which can irritate chapped lips. If you are skiing remember lips are vulnerable to sun burn. Zinc oxide is a fantastic physical sunscreen and will help to reflect the UV away from the skin of your face and lips.
Drink lots of water
Drinking water benefits how well your body functions and ultimately affects how your skin looks and feels. For example, proper hydration helps flush toxins from your body. When toxins build up, they cause organs such as your kidneys to work less efficiently, which has a direct impact on your skin. Sip water throughout the day and consider following the 8 x 8 rule: drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day. Following these simple tips will not only make your skin look and feel better, they will make YOU look and feel better during the cold winter days.