Colder temperatures, harsh winds, amped up office air-conditioning are here – let the battle for glowing skin this winter commence. It’s no secret that to beat dry skin and a sallow complexion during winter your skincare routine needs to contain lots of hydration and some extra TLC. I tweaked my skincare regime to help keep my skin looking alive and glowing this winter and this is what I’ve discovered:
Step 1 for glowing skin this winter – Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is an important way to look after our skin because our bodies are made up of 60% water and we need a certain amount of it to ensure all organs are functioning properly which affects our skin and how it looks. Central heating, hot water and air-conditioning in winter months can all be harsh on our skin and it may not look it’s best during winter as a result.
What should I drink?
I find it easier to drink more water in winter, hot water and lemon is perfect to drink on a cold winter’s day. I only have coffee on days that I’m in the office, as these days are really early morning starts and I need something to get me going, the rest of the time if I’m working from a coffee shop, co-working space or at home, I’ll drink green or jasmine tea which are both great for hydration.
Step 2 for glowing skin this winter – Reduce the temperature of your water
Who doesn’t love a lovely hot shower to kick start the day or lovely warm bath to relax into after a long day? Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, so we should turn the temperature down a notch during winter when the harsh weather is already stripping our skin just by being outside.
I haven’t quite managed this myself (especially not when it’s freezing outside, what utter madness?!) but towards the end of the shower, I make the water as cool as I can stand and have a final rinse off in cooler water. That’s all I can manage at the moment, but I’m working on it.
Step 3 for glowing skin this winter – Change your cleanser
French women have perfected that, ‘I woke up like this’ effortlessly clear skin look and they sing the praises of micellar water as the reason behind, they avoid using tap water on their skin because the water in Paris is very hard. Micellar water hydrates whilst it cleanses and removes make-up at the same time without drying out the skin. You can follow-up with a thermal water spray which has fewer chemicals and impurities than wter from the tap.
Here are a few of my favourite brands of micellar water:
Step 4 for glowing skin this winter – Exfoliate
My skin definitely gets drier in winter and whilst I love a cosy home, I don’t like the effect the heating has on my skin, it feels tight and dehydrated. Exfoliating to help get rid of dead skin cells helps skin to lock in moisture and give it back its glow. I have a few ways I like to exfoliate and change methods according to the amount of time I have and my mood. I try to exfoliate at least twice a week and recommend:
I’ve had a Clarisonic Mia 2 for about a year and recommend it for those of you who want to add an exfoliating step to your regime and the Clarisonic Mia Fit is a new and improved smaller traveller version. It’s definitely easier to exfoliate with this than a wash cloth, because the timer and beeps tell you when to move on to different areas of your face help to make sure that you don’t over do it. Celebrities, make-up artists and facialists love the Clarisonic and I’m inclined to agree, it’s not for everyday use but it did get me addicted to the feeling of deeply cleansed skin without using a product.
I was given this in a trial size when I bought my Clarins face oil and this left my skin feeling clean but not stripped like other exfoliators I’ve used in the past. Its gentle enough to leave your skin for a few minutes after using so I don’t feel an immediate need to rush and complete these rest of my regime, whilst leaving my skin lovely and soft and that’s the sign of a good exfoliator to me.
This is a relatively intensive exfoliating mask that I like to use every now and then. It makes my skin feel like it can “breathe” after I’ve used it, the tingly sensation is effective but gentle, it’s not a burning sensation like some at-home chemical peel or exfoliating products.
Step 5 for glowing skin this winter – Switch to oil-based moisturisers
I adore this oil, because it’s for dehydrated skin it practically had my name on it when I was looking for a face oil. It has helped me to maintain an even skin tone and I have definitely noticed a difference since using this on my face. It’s a night treatment to use in place of your usual night cream and you’ll wake up with skin feeling lovely in the morning.
I use L’Occitane Almond Oil in the shower which feels so nice on the skin, it lathers well to clean but the oil formulation leaves my skin feeling supple and moisturised too.
I’m currently using Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil to moisturise after the shower. It smells gorgeous and it reminds me of my best friend who now lives in Australia as she introduced me to this product. You can use this to moisturise your body and as a treatment on nails and hair and my skin feels baby soft afterwards.
As you can see, I take this oil moisturising thing seriously, but I really do see the benefits of well moisturised skin, so even if you implement one of these types of moisturisers in your regime, I’m confident you’ll notice difference.
Step 6 for glowing skin this winter – Eat ‘good’ fats
Eating for that glow from the inside out is probably one of the best options for combating harsh weather during winter. Some well-known foods to eat to help your skin glow this winter are; almonds, which contain vitamin-E to help skin maintain elasticity and youthfulness. Avocados, salmon, any other oily fish or flaxeed oil containing omega-3 oils to help the skin appear more supple and smooth and green leafy vegetables like spinach which contain vitamins and nutrients which make sense to eat to look alive!
All of these foods taken together are exactly the building blocks you need for glowing skin this Winter.
Try to incorporate one or two of the steps above to see your skin get its glorious glow this winter!
Do you have any of your own tips to share that I’ve missed? Do share below!