Ten Tips To Keep Your Skin Nourished in Cold Weather

Unfortunately during the colder months, dry skin is just something that happens. Restoring your skin back to its firm, plump and hydrated state may seem like mission impossible and require at least a truckload of skin care products. To help you avoid the stress that is dry skin, we have compiled what we believe are ten top tips that will help leave your skin looking tip-top again!

1. Turn Down The Heat

There’s nothing better than a steaming hot shower or bath after a long day to help relax, unfortunately although the heat may be helping you relax and momentarily forget about the miserable weather outside you couldn’t be doing anything worse for your skin. 

The heat itself is not the problem, rather the dramatic temperature change you experience once you get out of the shower. As, the heat would have opened up your pores and when faced with the temperature difference your body’s response is to close your pores, swiftly and rapidly. Putting your skin through this leaves it more inclined to end up dry.

We recommend getting in and out of the shower (on a reasonable temperature) and opting instead for lots of cosy blankets and a good book to keep you warm this winter.

2. Gentle Exfoliation

Exfoliation is something you are probably (and should be) doing regularly as virtually every skin care regimes recommends exfoliating. Gentle exfoliation has an instant refreshing impact on your skin, by exfoliating away the buildup of dead skin cells on your face, you uncover the fresh new layer of cells beneath and when done regularly gentle exfoliation can even help prevent future breakouts.

We recommend exfoliating your skin at least two times a week during with a good exfoliating glove to help combat dry skin in the cold.

3. Mixing It Up

Mix things up a bit by adding a little bit of a lightweight moisturiser to your existing toner. Your toner helps minimize your pores to prevent dirt and oils from clogging them during the day, adding a bit of moisturizer to your toner will help restore hydration to your skin. Bonus if you wear makeup, this new found hydration will help your makeup go on flawlessly.

We recommend using toner two times a day in the morning and before you go to bed to help keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

4. Hydrating Serums

A good facial oil or facial balm is a great way to topically concentrate all the goodness your skin needs to stay firm, plump and hydrated. Serums are a great way to simplify your beauty routine and really help energise your skin. Plus, visible results are typically seen within a week.

We recommend looking at, all natural and organic serums, especially if you have sensitive skin.

5. Sleep 

When you’re sleeping your body is doing some pretty incredible things, such as producing collagen, a structural protein, that gives skin its; strength and structure as well as playing a role in replacing dead cells. 

Lack of sleep will take its toll both mentally and physically and is often visible in the form of dark circles, dry skin and breakouts. This is because lack of sleep will leave your body dehydrated as it doesn’t have the energy required to sustain a healthy PH level that is responsible to regulate your body’s hydration.

Which is why getting your eight hours a night is absolutely essential for a healthy glowing complexion, after all they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!

We recommend a nice and calming chamomile or peppermint tea before bed to help you relax and wind down.

6. Day & Night

Because your skin is more prone to dehydration when you’re sleeping (particularly if you aren’t getting enough sleep), a night cream is always a good idea. However, during colder months a night cream is an essential if you want to help keep the dreaded winter dry skin at bay. A night cream should be a thicker consistency than your day moisturizer, but to not to dense so your skin can still breathe.

We recommend choosing a night cream that uses natural and organic ingredients, especially if you have sensitive skin.

7. Cleanse

When suffering from dry skin, your skin is likely to be more sensitive than usual, which is why cleansing is an absolutely essential element. As layers of stale makeup and dirt will clog pores and cause your skin to become even drier and irritated. A good cleanser should be able to remove makeup and the layers of dirt that have built up over the day.

We recommend cleansing twice a day; in the morning and before you go to bed

8. Water

Although a hot beverage to warm you up during the colder months may be the preferred option it is important not to skip your two liters of water a day, especially if you are suffering from dry skin. As, drinking plenty of water will help hydrate your entire body as well as your skin.

Not drinking enough water will cause issues such as; indigestion, not being able to transport nutrients correctly, a dry mouth, and an irregular body temperature that may leave you feeling abnormally hot or cold. Drinking plenty of water also helps maintain a normal bowel function and reduces the risk of getting kidney stones. 

We recommend saving money and the environment by investing in a reusable water bottle.

9. Diet

Although winter is that time of year when all you want to do is surround yourself with blankets, classic movies and lots of biscuits, it’s the last thing your skin wants, the diet part anyway… 

To keep a healthy complexion and avoid dry skin this winter you will need more nutrients than normal. Mangoes, sweet potatoes and broccoli are just some foods that your skin loves. Avocadoes are also a great super food to binge on in winter, Avocado is also one of the only antioxidants dense enough to penetrate the cell membrane, so you’ll start seeing the benefits quickly.

Frequently taking Vitamin A and C as well as a multivitamin will help with maintaining a healthy complexion.

We recommend investing in a natural supplement high in Vitamin A and C.

10. Facemasks

Treating yourself to a relaxing face mask is a great and relaxing thing to do all year around but is actually a particularly vital element to your skincare regime during the winter months. Homemade facemasks are a fun and cost effective way to include facemasks into your skincare routine.

We recommend pairing your homemade face mask with a good book or movie for ultimate relaxation.

Overall keeping dry skin at bay can be a tricky process at first, but once on the right tracks with the right products and knowledge it can be easily managed!