Cold, wind, offices with an overpowered heating system that dries whatever moisture was left on your skin from outdoors... It is no wonder that many women dread winter and its effect on their skin. A new season calls for some changes on your beauty routine in order to keep breakouts, flaky patches and dry skin at bay.
Wear Products with Sunscreen
Even if the sun is nowhere to be seen, ultraviolet light still makes it past the cloud cover and will increase the rate at which your skin ages. This effect is compounded by the fact that wind and cold dry up your skin and lower its natural resistances, so while you won't get sunburnt your skin will still suffer. Invest on moisturizers or makeup with added FP15 filters at the very least. In fact, you should do this all year around to reduce the speed at which free radicals age your skin, but it's easier to remember about it when the sun is shining and your face starts to feel too warm.
Use More Moisturizer than Usual
Skin in winter suffers even more from lack of moisture, so even if you already use a moisturizer cream regularly it's a good moment to buy a slightly heavier one. Alternatively, you can replace your usual tinted moisturizer with a foundation enriched with anti-aging serums, or apply a face mask at least once a week that is suited for your skin type. This will help keep redness and wrinkles at bay, and will make your skin feel much more comfortable. If you work on an office with a specially dry environment you may want to reapply your moisturizing or use a water spray during the day.
Drink a Lot of Water
Or hot tea, or herbal infusions. Your skin needs to be well hydrated to deal with the bad weather, so make sure you drink enough water even if it's cold and you don't really feel thirsty. Beauty starts from within, and without water your skin will look dry and sallow. Winter is also a season for partying, and many people drink or eat in excess due to the fact that they don't need to worry about looking good on a sundress. Water helps reduce the damage done by those excesses.
Trade Baths for Showers and Body Massage
Baths are great for warming up in winter, but at the same time the excess heat and changes in temperature can make your skin redder and remove the oils that keep the moisture in. Consider helping your circulation by using a massage glove while on the shower to gently exfoliate and body oil afterwards to lock the moisture in, and in a few weeks people will wonder why you look radiant while everybody else seems dull and tired.
Other changes that you can make to your beauty routine are, for example, ensuring that your skin is protected from the cold when outside and protecting it from sudden changes in temperature. Visit the Amazing Day Spa for more beauty tips to keep your skin glowing even during winter.