The transition from summer to autumn to winter can take its toll on all aspects of your health, but your skin can suffer considerably with the changing seasons and exposure to the climate. As more people move between heated homes to the cold, brisk outdoor air, your skin can really be impacted by the environments you navigate at this time of year.
But the key to great winter skin is adapting your skincare routine to accommodate the drier indoor environments from heating and the harsh cold and often wet weather that come with winters in the UK. But the trick isn’t to completely overhaul your routine for entirely new products; just alter it slightly to offer more benefits.
The following tips can help you protect your skin during the winter to help you avoid the dreaded dry and flaky skin seasonal changes can bring.
Drink More Water
Good skin is dependent on your body being hydrated, and for good skin, it’s recommended that you drink around 2 to 2.5 litres of water per day. But this doesn’t mean you need to be gulping the H2O alone like you can never drink again; you can get your daily water intake from fruits, vegetables and foods, too. But remember, your skin will dehydrate faster around heating and upping your intake slightly can help you to accommodate this factor during the winter and avoid your skin drying out too much.
Sunscreen is still essential even in the winter sun. Everyone has been caught unaware in the winter by the glare of the sun, and even though it isn’t hot outside, the sun can still cause damage to your skin. So choose products that have added SPF if possible to avoid applying too many products on your face and give you the protection you need.
It can be tempting to overuse exfoliators to help you rid your face of any flakes, but this can cause more harm to the skin’s barrier and make things worse. Avoid scrubs with grainy textures or chemical exfoliants as much as possible or limit how frequently you use them and instead, opt for more gentle cleansers and products to allow you to nourish the skin, not scrub it.
Use Antioxidant Skin Care Products
This applies to both your body and your face. During the winter, you need to make sure your skin is being treated and replenished, and the best way to do this is to use products that have added antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, niacinamide and resveratrol, to name a few.
Antioxidant products such as a firming and toning gel with CBD infused properties help combat free radicals that can prematurely age the skin. Adding them to your skincare routine for the whole body can offer you added protection in the winter.
Protecting your skin during the winter means you need to tweak what you are already doing slightly to account for the weather conditions outside and the being inside homes that will have drier air thanks to the increased use of central heating. The tips in the post can help you to make the necessary changes for supple, hydrated winter skin.
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