Winter is not the best season for your skin. Fortunately in South Africa, our winters are fairly mild but it does still get very dry. Before winter officially hits, you will probably notice your skin starting to dry out and your hands will feel like sandpaper and look dull and dry.
This drastic change in season means that you have to relook at your skincare routine and might find you even need to change some of the products you are using to accommodate the dry weather.
We have put some tips together for the ultimate skincare routine.
Add some cleansing oil. Cleansing can actually dry your skin out a little more, so try a hydrating cleanser. Look for a hydrating cleanser, ideally one with Grapeseed Oil. The Grapeseed Oil helps to breakdown the dirt and makeup without drying your skin out. When you are cleansing your skin, massage your skin by using upward strokes, use warm water to rinse off the cleanser, or hold up a warm facecloth to your face to open up the pores.
Moisturize and then moisturize some more. Your skin is dry during winter. Even if you have oily skin, you will notice it dries out during winter. So you need to double up on the moisturizer. Look for a moisturizer that is ceramide-based. Ceramide is a fatty acid that is important to skin barrier and function and helps to lock moisture into your skin.
Don’t forget the sunscreen. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean that the sun doesn’t shine! It is essential to remember to apply sunscreen during winter. You also don’t want to skimp on the SPF, make sure you still apply SPF 50 every day as a part of your winter skincare routine. Your SPF 50 sunscreen doesn’t only protect you from UVA and UVB rays but also from infrared lights.
Add some sheet masks. Masks are always great but when you apply a mask in Winter you want to make sure that is a hydrating mask that will add moisture. Sheet masks are great for this, if you look for one that contains shea butter, apricot oil or other nourishing ingredients.
Apply a serum with antioxidants. Antioxidants reduce inflammation that has been caused by free radicals. They can also brighten your skin which is much needed during winter when skin often looks dull and bland. When you are looking for a new winter serum, look out for a serum containing collagen, elastin, or proteins as these are all responsible for the firmness and elasticity of your skin.
Remember your lips. Winter so often means chapped lips! When you are moisturizing your face, don’t forget your lips. Keep a hydrating lip balm on you at all times and apply throughout the day to prevent dry, flaking, and chapped lips. Wheat germ oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil are all great oils to look out for in a winter lip balm.
Drink water. It can be hard to keep up your daily water intake when it gets cold but it is so important. Drinking water can help to keep your skin hydrated.