Level up your winter skincare

How to help your winter skin

You wouldn’t wear the same clothes to go outside in the winter as you do in the summer, so why would you use the same skincare products and keep to the same routines when the weather gets colder? Your skin is sensitive to changes in the temperature, weather and humidity, and deserves a little TLC if you want it to look its best in the colder months.

Going from warm, heated offices and homes out into cold winds and wet weather is harsh on your skin. Skin needs to maintain a constant supply of moisture, and when the humidity drops outside and is stripped out of centrally heated indoor environments, it can leave thirsty skin screaming for a little hydration. The winds that often accompany wet, cold winter weather can also lead to wind burn, where the skin on your lips and hands becomes red and dries out.

It doesn’t help that to warm up we’ll spend longer in hot baths and steamy showers on cold days. Who hasn’t spent just a few minutes longer under a hot shower to avoid the cooler bathroom air? This might feel like a luxury but it’s actually stripping your skin of even more of the natural oils it needs to help look and feel good. No wonder your skin often needs intensive care after a harsh winter. Many of us find ourselves with dry and irritated skin that’s cracked, chapped and flaky. In some cases, you could even end up with itchy rashes or eczema.

What Skincare Products Do You Most Need to Use in Winter? The first step in protecting the health of your skin is by using a good quality hydrating moisturizer that is good for your skin type. Also not forgetting your SPF. The sun can be bright, and the reflection may feel nice on that cold winter day, but the skin still needs protection. For all year-round sunscreen, I recommend Daily Skin Defense SPF 50 available at Essence Esthetic Studio. You may also need to change from a gel cleanser to a milk cleanser. This type of cleansers is using found to be gentler on the skin and allow your own natural hydration to stay on the skin while cleansing. My favourite hydrating milk cleaner is Skin Remedy’s Soothing Cleanse available at Essence Esthetic Studio.

Is your body skin feeling itchy and dry? My favourite way to treat this is with Pure Anada Body Scrub. This is a one step exfoliation and hydration process that leaves the skin soft and sooth. But if you need a little extra moisture after try their hand and body lotion available in many scents.

Other Winter Skincare Saviors • A lip balm is a great addition to your winter skincare routine. It helps to avoid cracked sore lips and will keep them pout perfect all winter long. • Make sure that you use a gentle eye cream that will protect the delicate skin around your eye area from the effects of the wet, cold and wind. •

Lastly don’t forget to have a facial. Your skin with thank you it, and while you are there your esthetician can help you fine tune your skincare regimen for the winter.