Yep Winter is officially here! And it’s freakin freezing.. Yay for Winter boots and hot cups of coffee not so yay for dry and dehydrated skin. It has been proven that the sudden change in weather combined with harsh winds and indoor heating can have a negative effect on our skin.
Here’s some simple beauty switches and tips to help keep your skin hydrated and healthy all Winter long!
Did you know that harsh cleansers and chemical additives in your shampoo can strip your hair of its natural oils and disrupt the pH of your scalp? And that many conditioners contain silicone based ingredients which can clog your skins pores? This is a common cause of a dry and itchy scalp which can easily be fixed by switching to a natural alternative.
One of my all time favourite natural brands ‘Moo Goo’ have a hair care range specifically made to help protect and nourish sensitive scalps. Their ‘Milk Shampoo’ is made from gentle ingredients including coconut and glucose based cleansers to reduce skin irritation. While their ‘Cream Conditioner’ hydrates the hair using natural oils like Jojoba instead of silicones. Theres no wonder these are their best selling products!
You may look a little odd this time of year with a dark as night tan but theres no reason why you can’t still rock a nice Winter glow. It’s time to say goodbye to that instant tan thats full of skin damaging chemicals and give your skin some much needed nourishment using a moisturising gradual tanner. Not only will your tan look real but your skin will thank your it!
The ‘Naturally Bronze’ gradual tanner by the Divine Company is certified organic and infused with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Coconut oil to hydrate the skin. It’s gentle enough to use on your face and can be reapplied to achieve a deeper tan if you wish. With a beautiful natural scent of calendula and rose geranium it’s like your not even tanning at all!
Once the weather changes your face will be one of the first places to show signs of dryness and dehydration. Rather than coating it in more of your favourite moisturiser it’s best to switch your skincare to something more hydrating. As your skin will also be more sensitive it is also important to be using a day cream containing SPF.
Clarins new ‘hydra essentiel’ range has been specifically made to help target the effects that Winter has on your skin. It’s capacity to retain water is restored thanks to the organic leaf of life extract and the anti-pollution complex fights the effects of indoor and outdoor pollution. The serum is great to boost radiance in tight skin while the milky lotion delivers all day hydration and sun protection.
At night your skin cell regeneration rate is slightly higher and is more receptive to active ingredients. While night creams are often used in skincare routines they contain more toxins than facial oils and are more likely to clog your pores.
The Pure & Natural Rosehip Oil by Rosehip Plus is Australian certified organic and cold pressed from the highest quality seeds of the Rosehip. As well as giving hydration to the skin it also helps minimise the appearance of scars, wrinkles and pigmentation. Simply massage 3-4 drops onto cleansed skin before going to bed.
WINTER SKINCARE TIPS
•AVOID HOT SHOWERS Although it can be tempting to have long hot showers in Winter it is best to turn down the heat to prevent stripping your skin of its natural oils. Try to pat yourself dry rather than rubbing and keep your moisturise close so it can be applied while the skin is still damp to lock in moisture
•DRINK MORE WATER You have probably heard this 100 times but during Winter your skin can do with the extra hydration. Eating foods high in water content such as watermelon, tomatoes and cucumber will also help.
•EXFOLIATE REGULARLY The build up of dead skin cells can prevent your skins ability to soak up moisture. A body scrub or exfoliating body wash is perfect for the shower while an exfoliating cleanser and lip scrub would suit the face.
•STAY PROTECTED It’s a good idea to protect your skin from the environmental elements before they take their toll. Wear gloves and scarves when possible and stay out of harsh cold winds. While it may feel cold the sun can still damage your skin so don’t forget the SPF.
•MAKE IT EASY When it gets cold it’s easy to be lazy and not want to spend time on skincare routines. Pick products with pump tops for convenience and keep a stash of skincare on your bedside table for easy access!
•TAKE IT WITH YOU Always keep a hand cream and moisturiser in your hand bag. There are many travel sized products available and if your having problems with dry skin be sure to apply when your out in the weather!
Do you switch up your beauty products during Winter?
*Products featured in this post were kindly gifted for editorial consideration. As always all opinions are honest and my own.