As the seasons change, many of us are unprepared on how to properly prepare our skin for the turn of the season. As winter approaches, it takes a little more effort to ensure our skin is kept in tip-top condition.
Studies have shown that the change in climate severely affects the overall state of your skin health, leading to cracks and inflammation. Winter is possibly the worst season for skin health as it strips the natural moisture out of the skin and can lead to harsher skin conditions.
Dr Visay Viengkhou, an R&D Chemist and founder of skincare range Dr V., believes that gentle and natural products are great for seasonal and sensitive skin.
Here are Dr V’s five top tips to better your skin through winter:
Don’t skip on the sunscreen
The thought of summer being over can lead people to believe that it’s okay to take a step back from the sunscreen; however, this isn’t the case. The winter sun can still cause damage to the face, especially if it’s experiencing seasonal trauma. Sunscreen is also the main blockade for premature ageing.
Invest in gentle products
A harsh winter season, calls for gentle skin care products. Look for products with natural components and gentle ingredients that are suitable for all skin types to gain the benefits, and stop any irritation from occurring. This helps those suffering from eczema or sensitive skin to properly care for their skin in the cooler months.
Use the right skin products for the season
It is important to change up your skin routine in the winter, as you would your wardrobe in the colder months. It is best to steer clear of products containing alcohols which can dry out the skin further, and prevent its natural oils. A richer moisturiser also helps the skin prevent cracking and dryness.
Avoid prolonged exposure to hot showers and heaters
Though hot showers and cranking the heater may be tempting in winter, it is best to relax on the heat exposure. To keep the skin in top condition, it is recommended to have a lukewarm shower and sulphate free body washes to avoid stripping away the body’s natural oils. Heaters are especially drying, it’s suggested to keep the room at room temperature, rather than overly hot to avoid drying out the skin.
As winter is especially dry, it is important to retain the moisture in the air. An easy way to do this, it to incorporate a humidifier into the living and work space. It softly spreads moisture throughout the air, allowing for the skin to absorb the moisture and prevent excess drying.
© Prevention Australia
First published: 16 May 2019