Winter skincare: How to avoid dry skin in cold weather

Winter skincare: How to avoid dry skin in cold weather

The cold weather can result in dry skin - moisturisng is the key.

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By Jaime Morton-Hawley

Published: Thu 26 Dec 2019, 3:39 PM

It's winter and your skin needs all the extra care you can give. The low humidity and cold weather can result in dry air which can steal moisture from the skin, leading to dry hands, tight and irritable skin and chapped lips. In fact, these are some of the telltale signs that indicate winter has arrived.
Ensure that the skin is hydrated throughout the cold spell. A little bit of preparation will help it remain healthy through the next few months. Hot showers may be tempting, but washing the face with lukewarm water helps avoid stripping oils from the skin. And moisturise immediately after the wash. Applying moisturiser to damp skin helps seal in the dampness.

Change your routine
During the winter months, one's skin can become drier and even more sensitive due to environmental factors like the weather and dropping temperatures. Opting for a gentle cleanser may help retain the skin's natural barrier and retain moisture. If your skin feels tight after you've cleansed, you may be stripping your skin. Your skin should feel both hydrated and free from irritation after cleansing. You may need to do slight tweaks to your skincare routine as the season changes. Don't fret as this is totally normal. And don't forget to drink lots and lots of water.

Protect your lips
Too often, the lips are overlooked, but the skin on your lips can become dry, cracked and even sunburned during winter months. Try a lip balm for added daily protection, and if you plan to be in the sun, use the proper SPF to protect your lips from the sun's potential damage.
Upgrade hydration
It may be time to take your moisturiser to a new level and opt for something creamier. Consider products that may have additional benefits or ingredients like aloe vera. Applying a hyaluronic acid serum before you layer your moisturiser will help provide a glowing and plumping effect. Sealing in that hydration is key to long-term effective results. Applying an oil as an additional layer can seal in all of your moisturising steps and lock in those products. This will go a long way in keep ing the skin soft.

Body bonuses
It's the season for creamy body lotions, foot balms and moisturising masks. Treat yourself to regular at-home spa moments to rejuvenate and replenish dry and flakey skin.

At home
The weather may be chilly outside, but inside, the conditions could be affecting your skin. Using a humidifier and maintaining a neutral temperature at home will help maintain the skin's moisture and balance.
Jaime Morton-Hawley is Digital content creator, professional photographer and makeup artist

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