By SEENA SEKA
With the colder months just around the corner, it’s time to get your winter skincare regime ready.
Winter can be brutal on the skin with it being exposed to harsh cold weather conditions and heavily heated environments. The combination of these extreme temperature differences can cause undesirable side effects to the skin, including reddening, dryness and greying.
It is essential to follow a winter skincare regime to ensure your skin looks healthy, glowing and youthful. I’ve come up with some top tips to keep your skin in great condition all winter long…
1. Exfoliate. The must-have winter skin saver. Investing in a good facial exfoliant can help remove dead dry skin – common during winter. Add this to your cleansing routine once a week. Not only will you feel fresh and look younger, but your complexion will be free from all those old dry skin cells. Now you’re ready to moisturise!
2. Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise! It’s essential to maintaining a healthy glow. Applying a daily moisturising cream and oil is the perfect boost for your skin in winter. It will lock in moisture, restore vitality and help revive a dull complexion. You might want to switch to a richer, heavier formulation in the winter.
3. H20 is your best friend! Hydration is key to ensuring healthy youthful skin. During the winter, you will go from central heated rooms to the cold outdoors – which can dry the skin out dramatically. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your Ph levels balanced and ensure your skin is fully hydrated outside and in. If you are exercising, top up your fluids.
4. Skin protection. Despite the cold, it’s important not to forget the strength of the sun’s rays. Even when it’s cloudy, UV light can still reach our skin, which can cause damage. There are many moisturisers and face creams that include SPF, so consider this when you purchase your skincare products. For those of you jetting off on skiing holidays and honeymoons, be sure that you pack adequate sunscreen and apply this regularly to avoid sunburn. I’d suggest Calypso Sun Lotion SPF30.