It’s time to face the facts: winter is here. The moment the temperatures change – from warm, humid air to a chilly vortex – your skin suffers first. In drier and colder conditions, our skin is less able to protect itself. This leads to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration and ultimately, inflammation. But this doesn’t have to be the case! You can take initiative to soothe and restore hydration in your skin by following our top four tips for your best winter skin.
1. Switching products in your skincare regimen
As winter approaches, the key functionality in your skincare regimen should be hydration. For the face, try combining your daily moisturizer with a couple drops of your favourite hydrating oil serum. It’s a great way to increase hydration levels without needing to buy a completely new product.
Swap out your deep-cleaning cleansers with a gentle hydrating cleanser so your skin’s natural oils aren't stripped during your daily routine.
Don't forget to also keep your lips hydrated by using a lip mask that nourishes lips from within. Our Buttercream Hydrating Lip Mask can also be used as a regular lip balm when your lips are feeling especially dry.
2. Hydrate from the Inside
Your water intake affects the skin’s moisture levels - especially during colder seasons. Lack of water can cause the skin to lose its elasticity, leaving cracks and flakiness on the surface level.
It is recommended to drink at least 2-3 litres of water to keep your body’s hydration level intact, while drinking highly caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, and soda) in moderation.
3. Reduce Exposure to High Temperatures
Taking a long hot shower can sometimes feel like the best cure after a cold day, but this isn’t always the best option for your skin. Hot showers can cause you to lose your natural moisture, reducing the oils, fat, and protein levels in your skin. By taking short, lukewarm showers, you’ll decrease the chances of triggering dry skin.
Pro Tip: Put on your moisturizer immediately after you finish bathing to lock in moisture
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