Cold Weather Skincare
2024 has begun with some harsh weather cold, blustery weather which can post a challenge in many ways not least on the health of your skin. The cold, dry air can leave your skin feeling tight, itchy and flaky. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy all winter long.
One of the most important things you can do for your skin during the winter is to keep it well-hydrated. This means drinking plenty of water and using a good moisturiser. Look for a moisturiser that is rich and nourishing and be sure to apply it to your face and body after every shower or bath.
Another important factor to consider is your skincare routine. During the winter, you may need to switch up your routine to include more hydrating products and fewer exfoliants. Consider adding a hydrating serum or facial oil to your routine and be sure to use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
Lastly, don’t forget to protect your skin from the elements. Wear a scarf and gloves to protect your face and hands from the cold, and be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen if you’re outside during the day. Sunscreen is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer, as the sun’s harmful UV rays can still damage your skin even on cloudy days.
How to treat tight uncomfortable skin
Choose a gentle cleanser
Severely dry skin can be irritated by some soaps and feel tight after cleansing. But without cleansing, moisturising can be less effective, as moisturising after washing helps lock in water. Water which helps soften skin. Look for a cleanser and bodywash that don’t contain fragrances and soap that can make severely dry skin feel uncomfortable. Also look for a skin neutral ph. Cleansing oil that replenishes lipids can work well with sensitive skin, as well as protecting against the drying effects of hard water.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Caring Wash
Tone with soothing ingrediants
I am a great believer in toning the skin no matter what the skin type. Dry skin can really benefit from a soothing and hydrating toner to refresh and comfort the skins surface and prepare the pores for serums and moisturisers. Stay away from alcohol-based toners and toners that contain Hydroxy acids, instead choose a gentle and soothing ingredient like rosewater or magnesium.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir 100ml
Emollients are your best friend!
If you’ve got itchy or dry skin, you’ll probably want to lock in moisture with a thick balm or cream. Lotions are thinner, help hydrate, and are good for normal/ oily skin.
A balm or cream will help to soothe and comfort dry skin, reducing sensations of tightness and helping to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier function
Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream – All Skin Types 50ml
Also, for isolated patches of irritation and dryness choose a balm with healing properties to protect and soothe
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