Life&Style writer Bethany Ball gives her advice on how to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy in the winter months
Let’s admit it, we are now well into winter, and given the recent snowfall, it is getting very cold …very quickly. This cold, windy weather can have a significant impact on our skin, so here is my guide to keeping your skin at its best this winter.
A very common skin problem during the winter months is dry skin; it can often become cracked, sore, tight and can look flakier than a snowy morning. According to Dr Jessica Wu, dry skin during the winter is caused by a lack in air humidity, and when the air is this dry and windy, water evaporates from your skin more quickly. “In fact, your skin loses more than 25 per cent of its ability to hold moisture in the winter”.
During the winter I like to change my daily face wash routine from mattifying to hydrating products, to satisfy my skin’s desire for moisture. Firstly I like to start off with an oil based make-up remover; personally I love Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It dissolves make-up quickly without stripping the natural oils from your face. Coconut Oil is a fantastic, cheaper alternative. Next I wash my face with a facial scrub to remove any dry skin. I like to use St Ives’ Apricot Scrub as it contains natural exfoliants and, according to Superdrug, it was voted the UK’s no.1 scrub brand! I usually exfoliate my face 2 or 3 times a week, as over-exfoliating can cause redness to the skin. On the days I don’t exfoliate, I prefer a gentle, water based face wash to clean my pores and prevent acne. The best drugstore one for me is Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser, which was recommended to me by Beauty Guru Laura Lee. According to Boots it uses ‘hyaluronic acid to cleanse effectively while protecting the skin’s barrier to help lock in hydration’. Lastly, apply a good quality moisturiser. I have recently found a great one by Garnier called Moisture Bomb 3 in 1 Day Cream Moisturiser, which claims to rehydrate for 24 hours. It’s non-greasy, provides UV protection, and it contains healthy anti-oxidants.
You may notice that during the winter, your lips can become dry, sore and chapped. Dr Wu states that this is is because of indoor heating which causes your mucous membranes to dry out. The best solution to this is a humidifier to restore moisture to air; however, the easiest method is purchasing a good quality chapstick. There are hundreds on the market, each catering to a specific problem. My favourite one is PAW PAW papaya moisturising balm at £5.99 in Boots, which contains Bio Active Manuka Honey 20+ to soothe, repair and moisturise dry, chapped lips. Many make-up artists would agree with me on this, including Lou Teasdale. Additionally, you could use a lip scrub to tackle the flakiness of your lips so that they feel soft and look smoother. Personally I love the ones that are sugar based, which have the added bonus of tasting amazing. Try the Lip Scrubs available from Lush at the cost of £5.95. You’ll have perfect Kylie Jenner lips in no time!