During the winter, most people find that their skin gets drier. This is partly due to the winter weather – cold air and winds dry out the skin. It is also due to the things we do during the winter months, such as turning up the heat and taking hot baths or showers. As soon as the temperature starts to drop it’s time to think about a winter skin care routine.
Words by Kim Bowkett-Moore from Combie and Price
It might seem that a nice hot bath would help keep your skin moist and feeling comfortable. However hot water actually dries out the skin, it is best to use lukewarm water instead. Choose a body wash that is free of soap and alcohol – soap, alcohol-based cleansers and bubble bath can make your skin drier by removing the protective lipids or oils that help your skin hold onto moisture. After your bath or shower, pat your skin dry with a towel and apply moisturiser .This will hold moisture in the skin and help protect your skin from moisture loss during the day.
As your skin starts to look dull and lack its usual radiance it’s time to remember to exfoliate. Exfoliation is the technique of removing the top layer of dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to reveal bright fresh ones from below. During the winter months the body’s metabolism slows down meaning this process also slows down. So we can easily give it a helping hand with a facial scrub. Sukin use natural exfoliants like crushed walnut shells, jojoba beads and ground bamboo to gently slough off dry skin.
We recommend: Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Face Scrub
Regular moisturising is a must in winter skin care. The choice of moisturiser will depend on your skin type. For drier skin, a cream which contains more lipids or oils and calming botanicals is a good choice. The skin will soak this up and perfectly balanced oil will continue to feed the skin while giving it added protection.
Some areas of the skin, such as hands, feet, elbows, nose and lips, are more prone to dryness and may need extra attention. Carry around a small tube of Sukin Paw Paw Ointment for a quick moisture boost throughout the day.
Let’s not forget about our friends with more oily skins, this can be a tricky time as your skin to can get dehydrated while still having a shine of oil breaking through. Treating the dehydration with light weight oil at night or supplementing with a mask is the best way to keep you skin on track through winter.