Prepare your winter skin care

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Cold winter months are a challenging period for our skin and hair. Thanks to the below zero temperatures and chilling winds many of us are left with dry skin patches, cracked lips and frizzy hair. During this period skin does not produce enough oil and while people with oily skin types (like myself) can breathe a sigh of relief, the owners of normal to dry skin might need to step up their winter skin careroutine.

The main area of concern is undoubtedly the facial skin. Unfortunately we cannot really cover over face with layers of warm clothing and facial skin suffers the most from frost bite and cold winds. Luckily there are a number of really effective nourishing products to treat dry skin. Though I am not really a sufferer from dry skin, I know that many people are and decided to put forward some useful suggestions.

Winter skin care steps

Let’s start with the cleansing step. Choose mild and non-foaming oil-based cleansers. Weleda Almond Soothing Cleanse Lotion and Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser are really good choices. Also don’t go over the board with exfoliation, as most of the scrubs and exfoliators dry skin out.  While in summer you can get away with good cleanser and moisturiser, it is advisable to extend your winter skin care routine to applying toner and face oil or serum. Toners are really important to give a little bit of extra treatment to your skin. They prepare skin to absorb the moisturiser better while improving skin tone and texture. For extra protection and nourishment I would recommend Avalon Organics Lavender Hydrating Toner and award-winning A’kin Orange Blossom and Chamomile Refreshing and Soothing Toner.

Now to choosing your moisturiser. If your skin is really dry, apply some oil or serum after toner and follow with your main moisturiser. Oils are especially effective for dry skin as thanks to their molecular structure they are absorbed much easier by skin than creamy products. You can simply apply some Vitamin E  Liquid Oil (you can get it from most of the health stores) directly to dry patches or all over the face. If you are not that much into oils you could use oil-free Antipodes Hosanna Intense Hydrating Serum.

The last and probably the most important part is to choose a suitable moisturiser. For normal skin types you could use Weleda Wild Rose Day Cream or Laidbare Working 9 to 5 Deep Hydration Cream. For dry skin types Yes to…Carrots Nourishing Cream and Madara Deep Moisture Cream work really well.
Remember to put some lip balm on your lips before you head outside like my fav Moogoo Strawberry Lip Balm (read full review on Moogoo products here). And keep close hand cream for no-gloves moments. Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream or Lavera Basis Senstive Hand Cream are really good ones.

Also, don’t forget to boost your winter skin care from inside as well. Eat plenty of foods packed with healthy fats such as fish, avocado, flax seeds and nuts. And keep warm, beautiful and happy this winter!

 

 

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