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During the winter season, the cold and dry air can be tough on the skin, especially the face, which is the most delicate. Low humidity levels result in dry air and this draws moisture away. When you spend time outdoors, the harsh winter winds can make the situation even worse, leading to dry patches and redness.
Here are some tips to help reduce the effects of winter on your face and keep your skin happy and healthy:
Regular use of sunscreen
Sunscreen is not only required during the sunny and warm seasons. It is equally important to apply SPF during the winter, to prevent sun damage, cell ageing and skin sensitivity. Also, remember to reapply if you stay outside for long periods of time.
Use a rich moisturizer
To maintain healthy skin, it’s crucial to always apply a moisturizer after washing your face. For the winter season, it’s best to switch to a rich moisturizer, like the Blue Lagoon moisturizers for face skin, for example, that will protect and nourish your skin by locking in all of the moisture and preventing water loss. When your skin is supple and hydrated it can better defend itself from external aggressions, like the cold winter air.
Exfoliate your skin
Cold dry air makes it necessary to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells that could potentially turn into dry patches. By exfoliating, cell turnover is promoted, meaning that the skin will regenerate new skin cells in place of the ones removed. There are many products for this, you can opt to go for natural scrubs to use, by making homemade ones or using a chemical exfoliation product. Whatever you choose it’s important to use gentle products, as to not irritate the skin!
Book for a facial once in a while
Getting a facial is a true treat! And once in a while, it can be very beneficial for your skin’s health. It helps get rid of dead skin cells, promotes lymphatic drainage, improves microcirculation and calms irritation. It keeps your skin hydrated, clear, and clean. A facial will also relax your facial muscles in the long run.
Lower the thermostat at home or workplace
The first thing we tend to do once it gets cold outside is crank up the heat in the house. Central heat, however, makes the air in the house drier. This can lead to loss of moisture from the skin. The best thing to do is not overdo it and set it in a cool yet comfortable setting to maintain a healthy environment.
If you have sensitive skin, dealing with it during the winter season can get a bit more complex compared to the rest of the year. Here are some tips to follow to keep it happy and healthy:
- Avoid products with fragrance
- Use gentle products
- Use mineral sunscreen instead of chemical sunscreen
- Little to no exfoliation
- Avoid products with irritating ingredients, like acids
Do you have any other tips and tricks to share? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!