The weather can bring on all sorts of conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and while central heating is great, it can make your skin dry and dehydrated. With all of this to contend with, it’s no wonder that your skin is need of a bit of TLC. Here’s our top tips to stop you cracking up from the cold this winter.
During the winter months there is less moisture in the air, which can leave your skin feeling chapped and irritated. Switch up your skincare routine as you would your wardrobe, replace the moisture lost from your skin with a rich moisturiser or soothing balm. Look for products made with hydrating compounds or alternatively invest in hydrating oils such as Jojoba which you can mix into moisturisers to give that extra boost!
Make sure that you also step up your exfoliation routine, as a build up of dead skin will leave your skin looking tired and dull. Aim to exfoliate twice a week during the winter – this will make your complexion immediately appear brighter and healthier.
Watch the thermostat
Going from the bitter cold into central-heated homes can be incredibly harsh on your skin. The sudden change in temperature causes your blood vessels to rapidly expand and contract leading to broken veins, sensitivity and redness. Try to narrow the temperature gap by wrapping up when out in the cold and turn your thermostat down slightly, particularly before you go to bed (we recommend investing in a hot water bottle for ultimate coziness!)
Indulge in some skincare DIY
A study conducted by Bionsen revealed that the average British woman spends a staggering £2,000 a year on beauty products. But do we really need to fork out on designer brands, when the secrets to flawless skin may have been hiding in our kitchen cupboards this whole time?
High in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory qualities coffee is the perfect ingredient for an exfoliating body scrub. Mix up your own with just three ingredients- two parts melted coconut oil to one part coffee grounds, Then, add a teaspoon of honey and place in the fridge for just ten minutes. Once it’s solid whip it up using a hand held mixer and scrub away!
Olive oil is packed with anti-ageing qualities and hydrating squalene to give hair skin and nails a nourishing treat. Mix a two parts olive oil and bicarbonate of soda to one part honey to create your winter saviour, a super hydrating face mask. Leave on for ten minutes, then rinse with warm water for beautiful soft skin.