There is no doubt about, winter is definitely on the way. The nights are drawing, the weathers becoming colder, wetter and windier and all of this plays havoc with your skin. When the temperatures start to drop so do humidity levels, which means the skin often becomes drier. This is then exacerbated by harsh winds, which suck all of the moisture from the dermis, and can leave your skin rough, reddened, tight, and sore or cracked and peeling from the cold. Cold, dry weather can also cause skin conditions like eczema to flare up, which may leave you feeling uncomfortable and in pain. Also when you step inside and turn up your indoor heating, the sudden change in temperatures and the dry, hot heat only serve to make your skin feel even more parched of moisture.
As you age, the effects of cold weather on the skin worsen because your skin naturally becomes drier. In your fifties the skin’s ability to make natural protective oils declines and your levels of hyaluronic acid decrease. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful water-soluble compound which captures and retains moisture within the dermis. As your skin is already drier to begin with, the drying properties of cold weather and harsh winds only make it worse. Yet by taking the proper steps and using the right skincare products you can ensure your skin looks great all winter long, and that it doesn’t feel tight or painful.
Avoid Long Hot Showers
Nothing feels as relaxing a long, hot, steamy shower at the end of a long day, but this actually causes your skin to become drier. Cut down on the amount of time you spend in the shower, and dial back the temperature a bit. Don’t forget to moisturise after getting out the shower to rehydrate the skin.
Wear The Right Clothing
You can prevent some winter skin damage by ensuring you’re wearing the right clothes. A hat, gloves and scarf are all essential for winter as they will help prevent exposed areas of skin from becoming dry, chapped and red. Try pulling your scarf up over your mouth to protect the lower part of the face.
Change Your Moisturiser
As the seasons change it’s important to evaluate your whole skincare routine and establish what needs to change, during in the summer you may have been using a light, oil-free moisturiser but this might not be meeting your skin’s needs in the winter. Instead you should swap to richer moisturiser, with ingredients which will help restore moisture levels in the skin and help it repair itself. Our Space Anti-Age Day Cream is infused with hyaluronic acid, which helps to capture and retain moisture within the dermis, and also plump up fine lines and wrinkles.
Add In A Serum
If your skin feels really dry and tight during the winter, particularly after cleansing, then you should add a serum into your skincare routine for an extra hit of hydration. Serums contains much smaller particles than other skincare products which allows them to penetrate the skin more deeply, and deliver their active ingredients right into the dermis. Our Y Theorem Repair Serum builds volume, supports cell regeneration and improves skin elasticity whilst providing instant hydration.
The lack of moisture in the air during winter means that surface skin cells ‘die’ much quicker. This can lead to a build-up of debris, leaving your complexion looking dull and lacklustre. To keep your skin looking radiant throughout the winter then make sure you exfoliate regularly. Our Lift Off Exfoliating Cleanser is formulated with lactic acid, tartaric acid and papaya enzyme to gently slough off dead skin cells and reveal a radiant complexion. Exfoliating once a week is usually enough to keep your skin in great condition.