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The winter months are colder, damper, and undoubtedly harsher on our skin. So it only makes sense that as the environment around us changes, we adjust and adapt our skincare routine to meet all our needs - and stay happy and healthy.
While it’s definitely essential, however unappealing it may seem at times, going outside can be harsh and temporarily damaging for our skin. Meanwhile, the inside can also wreak havoc on our skin’s balance if, for example, your central heating is blasting out. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you shiver in your own home through the winter months, or never venture outside, in order to look after your skin. Rather we have some tips for how to optimise your skincare routine around this time of year and some of our favourite products for saving your skin.
Wrapping up is essential for keeping yourself warm and also protecting your skin from the directness of cold icy winds or even snow. Hats and scarves are often necessary, and this year we have the essential addition of facemasks. All these additions are often unavoidable, however, over time and repeated wear, they can lead to a build-up of dirt and irritation.
To avoid this build-up causing issues for your skin, such as inflammation or in some cases acne, it’s vital that you clean your face daily. Washing away any potentially harmful irritants will help your skin reset daily, and prepare for what the winter world is going to throw at it. And regular washing is not just limited to your skin, but also your accessories. If you’re wearing re-usable masks be sure to wash them regularly, as well as your hats, gloves, and scarves.
And while washing your face thoroughly and regularly is important, think about the temperature of the water you’re using! It’s pretty tempting to have a very hot shower and stand under the steaming water for far longer than necessary. However, washing your face with very hot water can strip it of its natural protective and hydrating oils. Make the actual process of washing as quick as possible and use a water temperature that is kind to your skin.
If you’re looking to properly cleanse your pores of any build-up of dirt, instead of trying to flush it out with hot, hot water, use a kind-to-skin exfoliator. For your body can be made with natural ingredients found in your kitchen, like a simple scrub made out of sugar and olive oil. Do this up to twice a week to rid yourself of the flaking top layer of skin, and penetrate moisture deeper into your skin.
Hydrating is one of the best ways to save your skin against the cold harsh effects of winter. Let’s take a moment to explain why exactly the low temperatures can have such an effect on your skin. When it’s cold out, this is because the air is cold and dry, consequently the water in your skin will evaporate more quickly making it feel dry, tight, red, and flaky.
And while heating is the obvious solution to combatting the cold indoors, this may only exacerbate the dryness issues you’re having with your skin. Heating systems can suck the moisture out of the air which is not ideal, but there are definite solutions to the problem! For your home you may consider investing in a humidifier to keep a good amount of moisture in the air, making it not only a better environment for your skin but also a more pleasant working and living environment.
Addressing the issue of hydration, or perhaps dehydration would be a more accurate description, in your skincare routine directly is one of the best ways to combat it. After you wash your face and body take the time to apply a generous layer of moisturiser to nourish your skin, replenishing it from the hydration lost to the dry air. Our hands and faces are particularly exposed to the colder environments, so extra moisturiser should be applied throughout the day.
Finding a good and lasting moisturiser will be far more effective. When applied to the skin, CBD is an incredibly effective moisturiser as it deeply penetrates the layers of skin, addressing dryness at the source. Our Goddess Sativa range includes face and body creams specially formulated to replenish your skin in times like these.
Hydration isn’t the only way to look after your skin in the winter months. One crucial thing people often forget about when it’s cold is wearing SPF.Protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays should be a year-round priority. Although we tend to associate sun damage with summer, you can still burn and suffer the harmful effects of UV rays in the winter. This is a particular hazard in icy and snowy places when the surfaces reflect the sunlight.
Remember that different parts of your body will have differing sensitivities to the cold, and therefore you can protect them in different manners. Carry gloves and hand cream to avoid sore cracked hands, similarly, hats and scarves can protect necks, scalps, and ears. Your lips and nose may regularly become red from exposure to the cold, but a generous application of balm will help protect them from becoming chapped, sore, and exposed.
Sometimes skincare can seem complex because of the long list of ingredients spoken about which we need to look, feel, and be inside our best skin. But think about it like this, you wouldn’t feed yourself just one food, no matter how great that food is. No, you need a variation and combination of things in your body in order to thrive and prosper. And it’s the same for skincare. Besides, you don’t just want your skin to survive the winter, you want to glow and shine.
Here’s a little run down of the vitamins you want to feed your skin in order to achieve that optimal glow.
Vitamin E, a moisturising antioxidant, has been championed by the skincare industry for decades. It helps neutralise potentially damaging free radicals and when used in conjunction with vitamin C it can help protect against sun damage from UV rays.
Vitamin A works to bind the receptors in skin cells, strengthening its protective function and stimulating cell regeneration. This vitamin has an effect on the skin’s appearance, and is consequently widely included as an ingredient in skincare products, or sometimes as a pure derivative in the form of retinol.
Vitamin D has recently become a very hot topic of conversation, we’ve always known it was good for us, particularly in terms of bone strength. However, scientists are now discussing whether extra vitamin D is needed this winter in order to fight coronavirus. Rather than trying to overexpose our skin, it’s advised to take vitamin D supplements.