When it comes to Winter, our skin feels the cooler weather as much as we do, so it’s important to give it a little extra lovin’ during these cooler months. I know “nesting” during winter is, of course, one of life’s great joys – but tending to the skin you’re in with some care during the cooler months is well worth the effort…
Winter changes the pH balance in our skin, and conditions such as dermatitis and eczema can also flare up. The combination of heating inside, harsh weather outside, decreased oil production and a general sense of gloom can lead to decidedly dehydrated and lacklustre skin. Not to mention flaky, irritated and blotchy. So if you want healthy, youthful and glowing skin, here are some of my Top 5 Tips to give your face that little extra love it needs over winter…
1. REMOVE YOUR MAKE UP EVERY NIGHT
During the winter months, it’s wise to use a gentle oil free make-up remover. I’m in LOVE with Mary Kay’s Oil Free Make-Up Remover…
2. GET YOUR HANDS ON A QUALITY NATURAL SKIN RANGE
By investing into a skin care RANGE, the products in it are specifically designed to work together. A gentle cleanser, toner (to close those pores) and quality moisturiser are essential to any great skin care routine. It doesn’t need to take ages. My daily skin care ritual takes about 3 minutes each morning and night.
3. ADD A HYDRATING SERUM TO YOUR ROUTINE
Serums, much like face oils, can be much more effective in delivering moisture to the skin than traditional moisturisers. Serums and face oils have smaller molecules, allowing them to sink and penetrate deeper into our skin, hydrating more intensely and more thoroughly. Anyone with ageing skin should have a serum in their skincare routine already but in winter, everyone should consider adding one to their routine. The Verage range mentioned above includes Salubelle Hydrating Serum and I use this every second night before I apply my moisturiser.
It’s hard for your skin to absorb your moisturiser if it’s shielded by a layer of dead skin, which is why exfoliating in winter is so important. Using a light or gentle exfoliant every second day in winter will ensure that all dead skin cells and debris are removed and your skin can effectively soak up the moisturiser you put on it. This goes for your face and also your body, especially your knees and elbows. I use a soft “complexion brush” like the one shown below with my cleanser.
5. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
This is probably the most important thing you can do for your skin and body in winter. We all know the chilly, windy air in winter dries us out, so it’s important to make sure you stay hydrated on the inside to avoid dry and chapped skin. When you don’t drink enough water and you become dehydrated, your skin suffers. The recommended amount of water to drink daily is two litres – something you should aim for everyday.
And here’s a bonus tip! MY SECRET WEAPON….
<3 ALOE VERA <3
Grab yourself an Aloe Vera leaf, cut it into pieces approx. 1.5 inches (5cm) long, then slice one section in half so you have 2 pieces with the gel completely exposed. Wipe the gel side of the leaf over your face, throat and décolletage (chest). Wipe a little over your hands, and then gently wipe your hands over your face to spread the gel evenly. Give it a few minutes to dry, then apply a spray toner over the top to close the pores.
Leave the gel mask on overnight, and rinse off in the morning with warm water (no cleanser required) and discover a smooth, hydrated and firm complexion.
I’ve been giving myself an Aloe Vera gel mask normally twice a week (sometimes 3) for the last 12 months and absolutely love what it has done for my skin.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these Winter Wellness Skin Tips, and would love to read your comments below.
Until next time….
<3 Cherene x