5 Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy This Winter

Dry and dull skin be gone!

Words by Emma Tiernan
January 21st, 2019

With temperatures set to drop in the coming weeks, it’s time to we all prepared for the onset of the real winter weather. Skin tends to suffer most from the sudden change in weather, with the cooler temperatures wreaking havoc and leaving it dull, dry and dehydrated. Luckily, there are a few changes you can make that will help protect your skin from polar winds and icy rain. Here are five tips you should incorporate to make sure your skin has a healthy glow all year round.

1/ Use a Humidifier

With the temperature dropping outside, the temperature inside normally rises as people heat up their homes to stay warm. This is all well and good except for the fact that heaters are extremely drying and remove a lot of the moisture in the air which has a negative, dehydrating effect on your skin. Adding a humidifier into the rooms you spend the most time in can help combat this. Humidifiers add moisture to dry air and in turn, help your skin stay plump and hydrated.

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2/ Stay Hydrated

During the winter months, it is just as important to keep hydrated as it is during warmer months. Drinking plenty of water can help your skin retain moisture, leaving you with a bright, healthy glow. As well as drinking plenty of water, try switching your daily cup of tea or coffee for some green tea instead. Green tea is extremely hydrating and gives you that jitter-free caffeine fix, plus it contains plenty of antioxidants.

3/ Add Serums to Your Routine

Add a serum or two to your skincare routine to give your skin that extra bit of help during the winter. Adding a hydrating serum can help your skin retain moisture as well as helping to protect the barrier of the skin. Look for serums containing hyaluronic acid which is a great ingredient for skin that is dry and dehydrated. It adds moisture back into the skin and leaves it looking brighter and plumper. A Vitamin C serum is another good product to add to your skincare routine. Vitamin C can help to brighten up dull winter skin as well as helping to repair the damage that was done to your skin by the sun and free radicals, leaving you with a more youthful glow.

4/ Switch to an Oil-Based Cleanser

Contrary to what many believe, oil-based cleansers don’t cause congestion and breakouts to the skin, they actually don’t disrupt the natural pH levels in your skin at all. Instead, oil-based cleansers help balance out your skin’s oil production which in turn acts as a barrier against moisture loss. I would recommend switching to an oil-based cleanser for your first cleanse and then using a water-based cleaner for your second cleanse à la the famous K-beauty skincare routine.

5/ Wear SPF

As Baz Luhrmann advised us all back in the Nineties, “wear sunscreen! If I could offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” No matter if it is the dullest day of the year, it’s so important to still wear sunscreen because the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate through clouds and cause damage to your skin. Excessive sun exposure is the biggest cause of wrinkles and age spots, speeding up the ageing process, not to mention the risk it poses in developing skin cancer. So, trust me on the sunscreen. Many sunscreens also protect your skin from free radicals which, if you live in the city, in turn, helps prevent your skin from becoming clogged and dull. Wearing sunscreen all year round can help to protect and minimise the negative effects of the sun, leaving you with a more youthful glow for longer.