My approach to my health incorporates a diet rich in fresh foods and nutrients, mindset, exercise and self-care – a blend of all these aspects leads to a healthy look, body, mind and approach to life.
Everything I write and talk about I implement in my own life. I often get asked how I look after my skin, and as winter approaches I thought I would share these tips with you.
Every season has an impact on our skin. In the winter, it’s all about moisture.
Winter can bring challenges for our skin. The colder temperatures, harsh winds, lack of sunlight and central heating can take a toll on your skin, leaving it dry, itchy, and in need of some extra care.
To keep your skin healthy and glowing during the winter months, here are some essential skincare tips to consider.
1.Hydrate, Inside and Out:
Winter can be particularly dehydrating for our skin – the cold, harsh winds and central heating can make it dry, itchy or sore. Combat this by drinking plenty of water to keep your body and skin hydrated from within. If the weather is cold, drink warm or room temperature water, try adding a slice of lemon and/or ginger for an extra boost of vitamins and flavour.
2. Don’t Skip Sunscreen:
Many people make the mistake of thinking that sunscreen is only necessary in the summer. UV rays can still harm your skin during the winter. Make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on exposed areas, like your face, hands, and neck. This is especially important if you are taking a winter skiing holiday.
3. Invest in a good quality moisturiser
You might want to change up your products in the winter months as your skin has different needs. It’s a good idea to invest in a good moisturizer that suits your skin type. Go for thicker, cream-based moisturizers to provide an extra layer of protection against the elements.
4. Avoid Hot Showers:
While a hot shower might be tempting in cold weather, it can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and flaky. Adjust the temperature so the water is lukewarm and try to limit your shower time to avoid excessive moisture loss. Consider if you really need to use shower products which can exasperate the problem – sometimes water is enough. If you do use products, chose as natural as you can to avoid harsh chemicals.
5. Use a Humidifier:
Indoor heating systems can dry out the air in your home, which, in turn, dries out your skin. If you find you have itchy or dry skin, try using a humidifier in your bedroom or other areas. A humidifier can add moisture to the air, keeping your skin more comfortable. They can be particularly effective for treating dryness of the skin, nose, throat, and lips, and can also ease some symptoms caused by the flu or common cold.
6. Gentle Cleansing:
Harsh, alcohol-based cleansers can exacerbate dryness in winter. Choose a gentle, hydrating cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Consider using a micellar water or creamy cleanser to remove makeup and impurities without over-drying. Even better, try using coconut oil – it makes an excellent gentle cleanser and adds moisture to your skin as well.
7. Exfoliate Wisely:
Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells and allowing your skin to better absorb moisture. However, be gentle with exfoliation during the winter. Go for a mild exfoliator and limit its use to once or twice a week to avoid over-exfoliation, which can lead to further dryness.
8. Protect Your Lips:
Your lips are especially susceptible to chapping and cracking in cold weather, even more so in cold winds. Add in central heating and it can make the problem worse! Use a good lip balm with SPF to keep them hydrated and protected. If your lips get sore, avoid licking them, as saliva can exacerbate dryness.
9. Layer Up:
Wearing appropriate clothing, including scarves, gloves, and hats, can not only keep you warm but also protect your skin from harsh weather conditions. Choose natural fabrics, as they are gentle on your skin and help prevent irritation.
10. Eat a Balanced Diet:
A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and essential fatty acids can help nourish your skin from the inside. Foods like avocados, nuts, and salmon are excellent choices for maintaining skin health. Add in vegetable’s high in vitamin A, such as carrots, and green leafy vegetables, especially spinach which also contains vitamin C, great for collagen formation and skin renewal. Limit alcohol as it’s a dehydrator.
11. Take a Vitamin D Supplement
Vitamin D is essential for healthy skin and bones. Without it our complexion can become dull. In the UK, we get most of our Vitamin D from the sun around late March to the end of September. Because of the lack of sunshine due to the shorter days in the Winter months, it’s advisable to take a vitamin D supplement to prevent you from becoming deficient.
12. Consult a Dermatologist:
If you have specific skin concerns or conditions that worsen in winter, it’s a good idea to consult a dermatologist. They can provide personalized advice and recommend skincare products tailored to your skin’s needs.
Winter skincare is all about protecting and nourishing your skin against the cold, dry, and harsh conditions. By following these tips and adopting a consistent winter skincare routine, you can maintain a healthy, radiant complexion throughout the coldest months of the year.
Remember, a little extra care during the winter can go a long way in keeping your skin happy and comfortable.