With the weather quickly becoming much more wintery, everyone is getting their thick jumpers and wellie boots out, but if youâ€™re anything like me it isnâ€™t just your wardrobe youâ€™ll need to adapt if you want to stay looking great throughout the colder season. Winter can play havoc with your skin, even if yours stays pretty clear at any other time of year. Tackling the issue of problem skin can seem like an ongoing battle though, but if you make some sensible choices when it comes to your skin care regime you can get that fresh-faced look no matter how cold it is outside.
To find out how, follow this list of winter skincare doâ€™s and donâ€™ts:
DO â€“ Moisturise
During the wintertime you may find that your skin becomes more prone to dryness and flaky skin that can be both embarrassing and annoying. If you are of the sort to walk to work or know that you will be spending an extended amount of time in the cold, then you should try an intensive moisturiser to ensure the moisture sticks better. If you simply donâ€™t agree with oil-based moisturiser (because admittedly, a lot of us donâ€™t), itâ€™s worth investing in an antioxidant oil-free moisturiser that will help to replenish the skinâ€™s natural moisture while minimising problem and blemish-prone skin.
DO â€“ Stay Hydrated
Drinking more water is one of those age-old cures for everything that your mother doles out whenever youâ€™re ill, but it can actually help to keep your skin looking healthy and give it a boost in winter.
Also, although it might feel like sub-zero temperatures when you wake up, avoid taking a boiling hot shower as this dehydrates the skin (plus, thereâ€™s nothing worse than walking into a cold room after a hot shower!).
It is also essential to keep those eyes looking bright and alert, and the best way to do this is by treating the sensitive skin around the eyes with an intensive moisturiser. Use an eye lift cream that has been formulated to plump and hydrate the skin and use it in conjunction with your moisturiser for the best results.
DONâ€™T â€“ Give Up on Your Sunscreen
Many people think they only need to wear sun cream when going to the beach or when the sun is making a rare appearance, but the cold weather is no protection against the sun â€“ in fact, the sun is closer to the earth and rays are stronger. You should apply moisturiser with built-in SPF (sun protection factor) of 25 or more at all times of the year. This will help to protect your skin against harmful UV rays that can cause skin damage such as brown spots and wrinkles.
DONâ€™T â€“ Change Your Skincare Routine too Often
This is a donâ€™t that you should really try to stick to all year round. When you use special creams and cleansers on your skin it can take a while for them to kick in and your skin to adapt, particularly in difficult winter conditions such as brisk winds and freezing temperatures.
Stick to gentler products, such as regenerating moisturisers and cut down on using astringents and acids as many of these contain alcohol, as this will leave your skin sensitive to the cold â€“ also ensure your exfoliants donâ€™t contain alcohol as this could redden the skin further in cold weather, as well as leaving it irritated.
[box type=”note”]Winter is always an interesting time for the fashionable type â€“ a whole new wardrobe comes out focusing on layers and darker colours are abundant, particularly this season which has a big focus on blacks and reds. So itâ€™s vital that your complexion remains warm and complements your fashion â€“ nothing worse than ruining your outfit with bright red cheeks, a runny nose and weathered skin![/box]
Written by Dani Butlerson on behalf of The Harley Medical Group, providers of cosmetic surgery (http://www.harleymedical.co.uk/), non-surgical and laser solutions and specialist skin care products.