Winter is a trying time for skin with sunlight, central heating and wind all taking their toll. It is important to change your beauty routine slightly for the winter months to ensure your skin stays healthy and hydrated.
It is so important to keep your skin hydrated. As soon as you switch on that central heating you begin drying your skin out. However, there is no need to sit in the cold at home just invest in an oil based moisturizer. Try finding a natural one that contains oils such as almond oil or emu oil. Oil based moisturisers, as opposed to water based ones, will protect you from the elements as well as keeping your skin soft.
Invest in a good night moisturiser, this will work hard on your skin whilst you sleep leaving you fully moisturised by morning. They tend to be a lot heavier than day creams so will repair any dry spots or damaged skin overnight.
Even in winter you need to worry about UV rays, especially if there is snow on the ground. No need to throw away that foundation with added factor 15, it will still stop your skin from being damaged by harmful rays when it is cold. This is also try for your lip balm, if you have a SPF lip balm then use it, it will help to protect your lips from the sun, wind and cold air leaving them lipstick worthy for the evening.
This is an obvious one but it is really important, drinking water keeps skin cells healthy and hydrated. Not only does water keep you looking young and fresh faced it also has other benefits such as speeding up your metabolism, improving joints, getting rid of headaches and much more so try and get at least eight glasses a day!
Make sure you remove all traces of makeup before you sleep using a good cleanser; follow this with a toner then slap on some of that oil based night moisturiser. Getting your beauty sleep is essential to staying looking healthy. If those long nights and short days are leaving you feeling a little drained then a dab of eyeshadow primer under those eyes followed by a highlighting cream will ensure you look fresh faced and awake all day (or at least until you can find a coffee machine.)
You should exfoliate once or twice a week as this works to remove dead skin and leaves your face feeling softer and looking brighter. Finding a good exfoliator for your skin type is essential as some can be quite harsh and should never be used on sensitive skin. No exfoliator should be used daily either so make sure you have a good look around to ensure you get the best one for your skin.
Ditch that Vaseline
Despite popular belief petroleum jelly does not make a good lip balm. Instead of adding moisture to the lips it simply lock the moisture into the lips that is already there. This is fine whilst you are using it but it tricks the lips into thinking that they are fully moisturised and therefore don’t need to produce more moisture. When the petroleum jelly finally wears off you’ll find your lips are just as dry all over again. Go for a good lip balm that contains ingredients such a vitamin E, mango butter and aloe.