A change in season can be a challenging time for our skin, as it adjusts to various weather conditions and changes in our environment.
In Winter, we tend to spend most of our time indoors, curled up in front of a fireplace or surrounded by indoor heating; whether it’s in the office, car or home. As a result, this may lead to dry, tight, flaky or dull skin. As the seasons change, so should our skincare routine. Therefore, what can we do to help alleviate discomfort and ‘survive’ skin woes this Winter.
HERE IS A LIST OF GUIDELINES TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE.
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TACKLE DRY SKIN
Is your skin prone to dryness? Left untreated, it can lead to chafing, cuts, bleeding or open wounds, and therefore, you’re more prone to infection. It is important to switch to a skincare program that nourishes, soothes and repairs dry skin. Look for products that contain aloe vera gel, calendula, chamomile, jojoba oil, vitamin E and rosehip oil.
• Aloe vera gel contains two hormones, auxin and gibberellins. These two hormones provide anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that assist in reducing skin inflammation. Aloe vera acts as a moisturiser to soothe and protect dry skin.
• Calendula is rich in saponins, flavonoids and carotenoids to reduce inflammation. Calendula also helps to soothe the area and reduce the discomfort of dry skin.
• Chamomile contains antioxidants, such as apigenin, quercetin, patuletin and glucosides to reduce inflammation, soothe, soften and calm the skin.
• Jojoba oil protects, softens and gives the skin a smooth and silky appearance. It is comparable to sebum that is naturally secreted by the skin.
• Vitamin E has natural antioxidant and anti-aging properties to improve moisture levels and elasticity.
• Rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids, such as oleic, linoleic and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) to promote cellular membrane and tissue regeneration.
DULL TO RADIANT, DEWY SKIN
It’s certainly difficult to get radiant, glowing skin during Winter, without the help of the right products. Look for products that contain lavender, licorice root and lemon. These ingredients help to even skin tone and draw out radiance, maintain balance and promote a healthy, glowing complexion.
• Lavender is rich in antioxidants, improves blood circulation and brightens skin.
• Licorice root contains the active compound glabridin to naturally lighten and brighten skin, diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles, discoloration and age spots.
• Lemon oil tones, purifies and repairs skin. It is commonly used to refresh and brighten dull skin.
LUKEWARM IS BEST
A leisurely long hot bath or shower may feel relaxing on a cold day, however, the intense heat of a hot shower or bath may break down the lipid barriers in the skin. This leads to a loss of moisture and dehydration. Keep showers or baths short and lukewarm.
During cold and flu season, there is a strong emphasis on frequent hand-washing and the use of antiseptic hand lotion or wipes, to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses. However, most antibacterial soaps, lotions and wipes contain alcohol and artificial fragrances. These ingredients strip our skin of its natural oils, often leaving our skin feeling dry and uncomfortable. Instead, use a natural antibacterial hand-wash containing essential oils, such as tea tree, peppermint or eucalyptus oil.
ADD MOISTURE BACK INTO YOUR HOME OR OFFICE
Humidifiers add moisture into the air to prevent dryness that can lead to skin irritation. It is important to change the water in your humidifier daily and clean out the unit every week, to destroy bacteria that grows in stagnant water.
MAINTAIN HEALTHY HYDRATION LEVELS
Our internal organs and cells require water to function optimally. This is why drinking water is beneficial both internally and externally for our skin. Experts advise adults to drink approximately eight glasses of water per day or more during high intense exercise.