Do`s and Don'ts of Winter Skin Care
How to take care of our skin in winter? How to keep it healthy and glowing? Winter skin care doesn't have to be complicated!
What can we do when the cold, wet, windy weather coupled with central-heating is starting to take its toll on our skin and the usual skin care seems no longer enough?
Daily skin care routine should change throughout the year as both winter and summer can be very tough on our skin.
Here are few common SOS signals which should prompt us to change the way we care for our skin in winter:
- flaky and dry patches
- lack of elasticity
- dull and grey complexion
- reoccurring skin infections like cold sores
- breakouts and acne
Keeping your skin moisturised and hydrated is the most important part of winter skin care.
Protecting your skin from cold weather, dehydration and maintaining its moisture level is an essential part of beauty routine during the winter season.
That is why your skin's best friend in winter should be a well selected facial cream!
Remember - not every cream is suitable for your skin. We often believe that when the temperatures outside drop we should swap our daily creams for something richer and thicker but not every skin likes that! Only very dry and flaky skins will appreciate such heavy creams - dry and acne prone skin will need a very different care.
What should you look out for when choosing the right cream for yourself this winter?
The ingredients are the key!
First of all, they must be full of soothing and gently moisturising properties - the gentler the better - our skin tends to become very sensitive during winter months.
You can choose from:
= jojoba oil
= vitamin B
= allantoin which has been reported to provide healing, soothing and anti-irritating properties and to help to heal wounds and skin irritations
Secondly, your winter daily cream should replenish any lost moisture-that is why its main active ingredients should always have hydrating properties, like:
= hyaluronic acid
Finally, it is essential to protect the skin from any possible damage - use of antioxidants is essential!
= vitamin c (regenerates blood vessels)
- vitamin E (slows down skin aging)
Creams which contain soothing and protective ingredients are the staples of any winter skin care.
You can use them mornings and evenings or solely before sleep. If your skin tolerates only light and delicate creams, use toner and emulsion. Make the cream a part of your evening beauty routine only.
Remember that in cold weather you always need to apply a' heavy duty' cream before you leave the house.
Don't forget about moisturising toners, serums with hyaluronic acid and water based creams packed with vitamins.
To avoid skin irritation limit the use of face scrubs and exfoliators - use gentler enzyme peels instead. Alcohol based toners can also lead to skin inflammations - it's best not to use them at all in winter.
Do not forget about the lips - they suffer a lot in cold weather. Do not lick or bite them. Always carry a lip balm.