6 Dry Skin Remedies Your Skin Will Thank You For
Posted by Charlotte Connoley in Skin Care
The winter months are a lovely time of year with Christmas to look forward to, weekend walks in the crisp countryside and drinks round a roaring fire to enjoy. But this season is always a tricky time for skin.
As lovely as frosty days are, the cold can play havoc with complexions, while ramped-up heating indoors also dries skin out. By introducing a few small changes to your regular skin care routine, you can make sure skin looks and feels its best throughout the winter months.
Start with a gentle cleansing routine which doesn’t strip the skin of oils, as you need to retain as much natural moisture as you can to protect your skin. Try incorporating a cleanser which is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to gently remove makeup and the grime of the day to leave skin feeling clean, soft and nourished. Remember to skin avoid mineral oils or anything with a synthetic fragrance, which can both have a drying effect.
I often get asked whether you should exfoliate skin in the winter months and my advice would be, yes, but only once or twice a week, and judge how your skin reacts to the treatment. Topical exfoliants are more effective and less harsh on the skin than scrubs.
Try using a non abrasive skin polish which will help to clear pores and revive dull skin, which can be a problem in winter. Massage in lightly using circular movements then rinse off thoroughly before applying a moisturiser.
A heavier day cream, oils and balms will all help shield your skin from the elements, and quite often it comes down to personal preference as to what type of moisturiser you choose to use. I like to use a moisturiser which is specifically designed for dry, dehydrated skin as it’s a really good choice for Winter, make sure you work it well into skin to really get the benefit.
Dry patches and flaky skin are common problems during the colder months. Both are a sign of dryness, so a face oil is your friend here. Whatever oil you use, work it into your skin using a firm pressure. Start from the centre of your face and work upwards and outwards in sweeping motions, which helps to get rid of toxins and boosts circulation. It is particularly beneficial to massage in a facial oil at night, which relaxes you before a good night’s sleep.
It is all too easy to forget about lips, but make sure you include them in your skin care routine they will benefit from cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising just as your skin does. Lipstick can be drying and avoid any fragrance in lip balms. Use an oil or your moisturiser to protect the delicate lip area and drink lots of water to help prevent chapping and dryness.
Don’t forget to lavish a little extra care and attention on the rest of your body too. I know we’re all wrapped up under layers for most of the time, but party season is just around the corner so a little bit of regular body maintenance means you will be ready to don that sleeveless top or backless dress when the time comes. Keep the temperature on your shower on the warm rather than hot level - hot showers will dry skin out more - and get into the habit of applying a body lotion the minute you step out to lock moisture in for the day.