Harsh winds and cold weather leading to dry skin? We’ve got you covered!
Welcome to February, arguably the Tuesday of the calendar year. Christmas is over, the excitement of new year has worn off and the temperature is dropping. You may have noticed your skin changing alongside the weather, leaving it dry, flaky and dull which isn't ideal when we're grinding through the longest month of the year. Even if your skin tends to be on the oily side, the plummeting temperatures and harsh winds can still strip your skin of it’s natural oils. But it is worth mentioning that changes in your skin are normal. Skin types can fluctuate, and we are here to help! Here is our guide to healthy, happy skin this winter.
The outer layer of the skin is made up of a fatty, ‘lipid’ barrier that works to maintain moisture and prevent harmful substances from penetrating the skin. However, our skin is inevitably exposed to environmental stressors such as harsh weather conditions which consequently break down this barrier. Not only this, but continuously washing and cleansing your skin also strips it off naturally occurring oils, especially if those products are diluted with perfumes and artificial oils. To aid the regulation of the oils, it is so important to use oil-based products after washing the face. Reaching for products that contain ingredients such as Jojoba oil, Avocado oil and Coconut oil will be the most effective as they’re natural remedies for dry skin, containing nutrients that fight oxidative stress and retain moisture. Lavender oil also has properties that heal and repair cracked, flaky skin.
If your skin is naturally on the oily side, you may not think oil-based products are for you. That’s a misconception! Oil-based products, specifically those that contain naturally occurring rather than synthetic oils, actually help balance out the skin's complexion as they’re enriched with naturally occurring acids, antioxidants and vitamins that will nourish and soothe your skin. Your skin is clever, and oils are it’s best-friend!
It may seem obvious that hydration aids dryness, but it is easier said than done. Drinking plenty of water is beneficial for skin’s complexion. Studies have suggested that increased water consumption increases blood flow to the skin, as cells repair and hydrate once the water is absorbed, complementing the skin’s overall complexion. However, water alone will probably not cure your dry skin. Applying hydrating products to the skin’s outer layer is just as, if not more important in preventing dryness. Moisturising the skin after cleansing will soothe and nourish it’s epidermis (outer-layer), due to the natural oils being stripped during the cleansing process. Using a hydrating moisturiser that contains humectants (enriched with jojoba oil, for example), vitamin E and antioxidants will restore water to the skin's barrier and retain moisture.
So, whilst water is essential for optimum health and it contributes to healthy looking skin, moisturising twice daily post cleanse is a must. Moisturise is the key to combating dry, flaky skin.
I know what you’re thinking. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) in winter, when it’s 4 degrees outside? Well, yes. Don’t let the dull skies deceive you! UV rays are still present in the atmosphere and are able to penetrate the skin, stressing the barrier and sucking out the moisture. SPF also reduces the appearance of ageing, as harmful UV rays contribute to lines, wrinkles, and in some cases skin cancer. Don’t panic if this is the first time you’re hearing of the importance of SPF during the winter months; it has been suggested that with consistent use, a good SPF can repair damage that has already been caused.
What factor should you consider using? The higher the better always, you’re better safe than sorry. Incorporate a factor 30 or 50 into your routine, after moisturising. Don’t underestimate the power of SPF.
Oils, Hydration and SPF; the trio that will rescue your skin from the harsh winter weather. Remember that your skin is the largest organ, and you have it for life. Patience is key when it comes to seeing differences in your skin’s complexion; be consistent with your routine and it will thank you in the long run. Here's to healthy, hydrated skin!