Hi hello! How are you? Welcome back to our blog series. Today, we have another very useful blog for you all about combating that dry winter skin and how to prevent it before it happens. If you get dry skin in the cooler months, this blog is perfect for you. The weather outside may be unsightly and miserable, but our skin does not have to.
Why our skin gets dry when it gets colder?
Before we get into how to fight ‘dry winter skin’, we need to know why our skin tends to become dry. So, when the skin doesn’t get enough protective oils, moisture escapes from it and when there isn’t enough water in the outermost layer of your skin, it becomes dry. This drying effect can intensify during colder months; due to the fact that the environment’s humidity is low.
How to prevent:
Now we know why our skin becomes dry when during the cooler months, we can start to look at how to prevent it from happening.
- Prep your home – Now, as unnecessary of a tip this seems, it really is the most important tip. Bonnie LaPlante, an aesthetician says “As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out.” So the drier the air, the drier the skin. To boost the amount of moisture in the air, New York City dermatologist Shari Marchbien suggests placing a humidifier in the room where you spend most of your time.
- Exfoliate - Dry skin will stay dry if you don’t exfoliate, no matter how much moisturiser or serums you apply. Using a gentle scrub with glycolic or lactic acid will aid in removing the dead flaky skin. Exfoliated, (buffed skin) means moisturisers can really seep into the skin and get to work.
- Switch to a Heavy moisturiser cream - This is probably one of the most overlooked steps in the dry skin game. Changing to a seriously hydrating moisturiser will keep more water from escaping the body. Look for creams rather than lotions, that are made with ceramides (fatty acids) and hyaluronic acid.
- Harsh Cleansers is a NO GO! - Any face washes with drying ingredients, such as fragrances and additives need throwing out!! A gentle cleanser, formulated with chamomile, is a great option as it won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Natural oils are needed to preserve moisture.
- Sticking to a PM routine - Sticking to night-time routine is a must. Doing this will ensure healthy looking skin come the morning. After applying your serum and moisturiser, for extra protection applying a petroleum jelly-based product will seal in the cream and prevent against eczema.
- Help your hands with beauty tools - Lastly, step six. Using a beauty tool to apply moisturisers can be a game changer. Why? You may ask. Well it’s because using a facial roller and Gua Sha has so many benefits that can increase your overall health. Beauty tools that are regularly used will help to eliminate toxins, anxiety, and stress. Aiding in stimulating collagen when the roller passes over the acupressure points and so many more positives! They also make our skincare routines feel super luxurious, which is a bonus!
Dry skin is caused by low moisture in the air and something as simple as putting your heating on in the cooler months can dry you out. Using a gentle scrub to buff your skin is necessary as it helps remove flaky skin, and hyaluronic acid is our best friend this time of the year.
Add a beauty roller, such as a jade or rose quartz roller or Gua Sha to your skincare routine to improve absorption of moisturisers into the skin.
Here’s to happy, healthy, and hydrated skin!!