Has your skin recently developed an unquenchable thirst? Hot showers, heating and hibernating indoors can all cause dehydration, dryness and sensitivity. Lucy Slight discovers how to beat those winter skin blues.
There’s nothing quite like a long hot bath or an electric blanket-heated bed when the chilly temperatures hit. And cosying up with a glass of red next to a roaring fire truly is one of the most luxurious things about winter. But these indulgent rituals can wreak havoc on our skin.
The cooler weather causes skin to naturally suffer from dryness and dehydration. And adding extra heat to our bodies can compromise the skin’s protective barrier, leading to dryness, breakouts and increased vulnerability to UV exposure.
The good news is that by changing up your skincare regimen between seasons you can crank up that heater and keep your complexion in top condition.
Here are some simple tweaks you can make to your routine to help quench your skin’s thirst this winter.
1. Add an oil cleanser to your routine or opt for a gentle yet effective cream cleanser.
From left to right: Jurlique Replenishing Cleansing Lotion, $46. Tailor Oil Cleanse, $39. Trilogy Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil, $35.
2. Nourish skin with a hydrating mask to help protect against moisture loss and give you back your glow.
From left to right: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, $80 (pack of 4). Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask, $90.
3. Look for products containing hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body which can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
From left to right: NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex, $110, from Inès Store. Osmosis Quench, $101. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex, $79.
4. Switch to bath oil or oil-based body wash when showering to help lock in moisture rather than stripping skin with a foaming product.
From left to right: Lush Floating Island Solid Bath Oil, $6. L’Occitane Shea Shower Oil, $45.
5. Apply a body oil or moisturiser to your whole body after showering, while skin is still slightly damp.
From left to right: Swisse Multivitamin Repair Body Oil, $20. Weleda Wild Rose Pampering Body Oil, $38.
6. Hands and nails are particularly susceptible to drying out in the cold, so keep a hand cream within arm’s reach and wear gloves for extra protection from the elements.
From left to right: Ecoya Hand Cream, $26. Ashley & Co Soothe Tube, $25. Linden Leaves Crystal Crush Nourishing Hand Cream in Amethyst, $25.
7. And an absolute no-brainer: Protect your skin from UV rays, even in winter.
From left to right: Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50, $130. Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30, $133. Prevage by Elizabeth Arden Anti-aging Moisture Cream SPF 30, $269.