10 Skin Fixes for Winter

June 14, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

We are already one week into winter, and if you've lived in Canberra for long you'll know just how dry your skin can easily get throughout these next few months!

Thanks to the cold temperatures outside, dry temperatures from the heaters inside, as well as the effects of the various dehydrating elements of hot showers; it's easy for skin to become dehydrated, dry and irritated.

This is why it's important to incorporate a few skincare changes into your daily routine throughout these cooler months.

Here are some that you should focus on...

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1. Moisturise with cream, not lotion

Throughout the cooler months, it's important to keep your skin really hydrated . This means choosing a moisturiser that actually locks in moisture and provides protection of the dermis to encourage healing, but also lets it breathe too.

It's recommended that during winter you opt for using a thick, fragrance-free cream instead of a lotion, to ensure that moisture stays locked into your skin all day.

2. Cut your shower time

Whilst it can be tempting to stay in the hot shower for 10 minutes each morning, it's actually not good for your skin! Instead, short, cooler (not too cold!) showers are best for ensuring that your skin isn't striped of it's natural moisturising oils.

So as tempting as it is to turn the shower up to it's hottest and soak up the steam, stay warm afterwards with a fluffy dressing gown and blanket instead!

3. Drink more water

Although it's important to hydrate throughout the year, its especially important in winter as it will help you replenish what you are losing from dehydration thanks to the cold weather and being in heating all day!

4. Wear sunscreen

Sunscreen isn't just necessary in summer. In fact, it's even more important in winter! The winter sun, combined with glare, can really damage your skin.

Apply broad spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands at least 30 minutes before heading outside. Also ensure that you were sunglasses to protect from the sun and glare as well.

5. Look after your hands

The skin on your hands is actually thinner than most parts of your body, which means it can be more difficult to keep your hands moist which can lead to irritation, cracking and itching hands.

Ensure that you have a regular supply of hand moisturiser at the ready and apply regularly throughout the day.

6. Exfoliate

This is one that many of us miss out on doing often because we may think it is unnecessary. Throughout winter its really important to exfoliate the skin to remove any dry, flaky, dead skin cells.

Either use an exfoliating mitt or a washcloth in circular motions to remove any dry patches away.

7. Look after your lips

Cracked, dry lips are very common in winter, which means its super important to take care of them. Regular use of lip balm offers a fast method of treatment for sore, dry lips.

We recommend using one that contains UVA- protecting ingredients to protect you from sun exposure.

8. Protect yourself from the elements

Whilst wearing layers upon layers can be annoying, it's actually super important to rug up appropriately when heading outside this season. Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect your skin from the cold wind and rain.

9. Humidify <

By using heating systems, the air around us is being dried out. This means a humidifier might be a great idea for your home, particularly in your bedroom to bring the moisture back into the air and to prevent your skin from drying out.

10. Eat Well

Eating foods that are high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Keep up a regular intake of fruit and vegetables, and also make sure that you're getting enough Vitamin C and Zinc. Also consider taking vitamins and supplements!

It can be tempting to skip your skincare routine or not moisturise regularly throughout winter, but it's super important to take control of your winter skin routine so that you get skin that glows and looks/feels healthy!

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