When skin is dry, it can begin to feel rough, tight and itchy and can even start to redden and become more sensitive. Dry skin can develop on any part of the body and is especially common on the face during winter because it is more exposed to the weather. When your skin begins to lose its moisture and become dehydrated, it means it’s lacking the water levels needed to function effectively. As well as losing its softness, suppleness and natural-looking glow, dry and irritated skin in extreme weather conditions can develop into a skin condition known as ‘winter rash’.
- Lower the temperature
The first thing you want to do when the weather is cold, is to fire up your central heating, however central heating can only cause your skin to dry out further.
2. Limit shower temperature
Your skin will be much better served and less likely to suffer from dry, sore skin if you take a lukewarm shower. (Apply moisturiser while skin is still damp to lock in moisturiser)
3. Layer up skincare
f you do find your skin to be dryer in winter, layering is key and your products should always be applied in a particular order (this applies all year round). "Your moisturiser, and lighter, water containing serums should go on first, and follow with a rich facial oil.
4. Refresh your lifestyle
The best way to keep your summer glow is to try to maintain as many of your healthier summer lifestyle habits as possible and take time to treat your skin as you do in the summer, when you’re prepping to slip into swimwear – exfoliate, nourish, protect. It takes only a few consistent steps to avoid sluggish winter skin.
While you may think exfoliation should be avoided if your skin is feeling a little dry, the opposite is true. Gentle exfoliation shifts sluggish skin cells to reveal baby fresh skin and promote a healthy glow.
6. Drink more water
Hydration of the body is so important for hydration of the skin!