5 skincare tips to get you through winter

5 skincare tips to get you through winter

Winter is upon us. It’s time for hot chocolate, blankets and indoor activities. No more picnics in the park or days at the beach. Rather, you’ll want to spend more time inside, watching movies, reading books and eating warm food. Just like the activities you choose to do change with the seasons, so should your skincare routine.

Here are some tips to make sure your skin is as beautiful as always this winter.

Moisturising is key!

You may not be showing off your legs or arms this winter, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be regularly moisturising. In fact, you should be focussing on moisturising a little more during the colder months as your skin becomes dryer. It’s not just that you have to moisturise, it’s that you have to do it right.

First of all, you need to find the right product for you. If you have naturally dry, ashy skin (especially during winter), you should consider a product with glycerine that’s designed for skincare, like Ingram’s Moisture Plus Triple Glycerine cream. It offers your skin all the moisture it needs without leaving you feeling greasy.

Second of all, you need to ensure that you’re applying the moisturiser correctly. It’s a good idea to apply moisturiser directly after a shower or bath as you want to lock in the moisture from the water instead of leaving your skin to dry first. You should also keep in mind that it’s best to pat in the cream or lotion and not rub it in immediately.

Yes, it’s cold but that doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water

In order for your skin to stay hydrated, you need to stay hydrated. Which means you need to consume enough water each day. Not cool drinks but water. The amount of water you’re meant to drink a day varies from expert to expert. But the general rule is six to eight glasses of water for women and eight to ten glasses of water for men. Of course, this all depends on your height and weight and whether or not you’re active during the day. If you’re exercising, you need to drink more water in order to keep yourself hydrated.

The thing is, it’s cold and you don’t want that ice water as much as you do during the hot days of summer. If this is the case, you can substitute some water with water-based hot beverages like caffeine-free tea or coffee (not a cappuccino or latte, though, as that is made with an excessive amount of milk and not water). However, you still do need to drink plain water, so it’s a good idea to carry around a water bottle to remind you to take a few sips every now and then.

Keep your hand cream, well, handy

Your hands may need more moisture than the rest of your body because they’re exposed to the elements all day. The skin on your hands also produces less natural oils than the rest of your body, which means they need to be moisturised more often. You obviously don’t want dry, cracked and ashy hands during the cold season. And wearing gloves always seems like a great idea until you have to type or use a door handle.

Still be wary of the sun

Okay, so the sun may not be out in full force but it can still be harmful, even during the coldest months of the year. It is suggested that you apply at least a mild sunscreen in the morning before you leave the house. Of course, if you’re going to spend your day indoors, this isn’t much of a concern. However, if you’re going for a run or visiting the park during the day, you should be concerned about your skin. On overcast days, you may not be able to see the sun, but that doesn’t mean it can’t harm your skin. UV rays aren’t blocked by clouds and these are what you need to worry about, especially when it comes to skin cancer.

If you’re active outdoors during winter, you should definitely be covering your skin with clothing and shading your head with a hat. In the case of winter sports and hours outdoors, you’ll want to use a higher SPF (Sun Protection Factor) than if you’re simply taking a half hour morning stroll. Just because you can’t feel the sun, that doesn’t mean it’s not there!

Sorry, but heaters and hot showers aren’t good for your skin

It’s winter and you want nothing more than a hot shower or bath and a night in front of the heater. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but these aren’t good for your skin. Hot baths and showers take away some of the natural moisture in your skin and can cause dry, irritable skin. You may even notice red patches on your skin after a particularly hot bath or shower. Would healthy skin do that?

Let’s start off by saying that not all heaters are equal. If you’ve ever been shopping for a heater, you know there are many different types that function in different ways. However, you’ll find many of these heaters (or the warm setting of air conditioners) dry out the air and if it’s drying out the air, it’s probably drying out your skin. You probably don’t want to avoid using a heater in winter but you should use its lowest setting and invest in a humidifier.