Ok, guys, now that Oxford Street and Covent Garden Christmas lights are up we have to admit - winter is coming! As the streets start filling in with festive lights and temperatures are plunging, it's time to shake up your skincare routine. Unless you live on the other side of the world (e.g. Australia) winter months equal cold weather, which can be harsh for the skin.
Whether you have sensitive skin or not, here's a few tips to keep your skin glowing for when Spring finally arrives:
Switch to a cream cleanser
Nourishing your skin is even more important during the winter months, because your skin is constantly exposed to changing environments (e.g. cold temperatures inside, toasty warm temperature inside). It's worth switching to a cream cleanser, as it lifts the make-up and dirt off your skin, without stripping skin of it's natural oils.
The lighter moisturisers that you used during spring and summer will need replacement for heavier options as the colder months approach. It is worth looking for an oil-based moisturiser, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. You can also opt for oils at night time, such as our Sönd Replenishing Face Oil, as they penetrate to the deepest layer of the skin, helping to restore its natural barrier.
Adjust your diet
Winter months also equal comfort food. Make sure to apply the "rainbow" diet approach, incorporating fruit and vegetables to help strengthen your immune system and fight off infections. Yellow and orange foods are particularly beneficial for your skin. Stock up on sweet potatoes, mango and red pepper which are full of Vitamin A, that helps keep the skin healthy.
Don't forget about your hands
The skin on your hands is thinner than on other parts of your body and has less oil glands. That's why it is hard to keep them moisturised in the cold, dry months. Make sure to wear gloves when you go outside, and moisturise your hands regularly to prevent dry, cracking skin.
Avoid wet socks or gloves
They irritate skin, leading to itching and drying out, and often even flare-ups of eczema.
Turn on that humidifier
Heating dries out the air in your home, so it is worth getting a few small humidifiers to place around your home, to prevent the dry warm air from drying out your skin.
Avoid hot baths
We know how tempting a hot bath or shower can be after a day out in the cold, but intense hot water actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. Opt for a warm shower instead.