Looking forward to the festive season? Me too. Although, it’s really already upon us. December can be an intense month full of nights out and events, dinner parties and plenty of alcohol. Aside from all of the fabulous social plans that you might have, December is cold, windy and more than a little miserable on the weather front. And, believe it or not, all of this can wreak havoc on the skin.
January is depressing enough without having to live through it in skin that’s tired, dull and dry. So, I’ve put together 5 tips and tricks that you can use to stay on top of your winter skin care routine and keep your skin in tip top condition over the holidays.
The weather during the winter months can be incredibly drying on the skin. Cold air and harsh winds, and the use of home heating really does zap every drop of moisture from the skin. Thankfully, there are ways to counteract this and keep your skin feeling soft and supple right through the Christmas season.
I recommend using oil based serums in winter because they help to lock in moisture and are much more thoroughly absorbed into the skin that thick and heavy creams or lotions. The Ordinary Buffet Serum has to be one of my all time favorites. This all-rounder really is a feast for the skin and will produce results quickly for those of you who have been neglecting your skin over the past few weeks.
Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient for locking in moisture at this time of year. I used to be a bit freaked out by the idea of using something that sounded so harsh, but then I discovered that this ingredient is actually produced naturally in the body. Our bodies produce less and less of it as we age though, so using a product that contains it can boost levels in your skin. You’ll definitely notice the results of a good hyaluronic product on dry skin in just a couple of days.
Ok I know, sleep is hard to come by during the festive season. Between late nights out shopping for gifts for your family and friends, kids Christmas plays, work parties that last well into the night and cocktail-heavy nights with your old school pals, the need to sleep kind of goes out the window doesn’t it?
But this doesn’t have to be the case, and if you want to protect your skin from the elements through a good winter skin care regime, sleep is a must.
Lots of studies have been conducted into the role of sleep in health and wellness, and some research suggests that it is just as important as a balanced diet. Without an adequate amount of sleep, your body simply can’t function at it’s best, and this includes your skin. Making sure that you’re getting enough sleep will help your skin to maintain it vital moisture barrier. This will, in turn, keep your skin looking and feeling super soft and supple no matter what the weather!
Exfoliating the skin is something we should all be doing on a regular basis. But it becomes more important in the winter months than ever because the harsh weather can lead to a buildup of dead skin and chapped lips. This leaves the skin sore, dry and tired-looking.
Although exfoliating may seem like a very basic thing to do, lots of people exfoliate incorrectly by scrubbing their skin vigorously every now and again. This can irritate the skin and cause inflammation, which doesn’t look or feel good. So it should definitely be avoided.
Instead, this winter try gently exfoliating your skin every day in the shower. You can buy super affordable exfoliating gloves in Primark and pharmacies. Keeping these in your shower caddy and gently massaging the skin on your face and all over the body with a nice shower cream (I prefer using coconut oil as it adds to the skin’s moisture) is all that’s needed to keep the dead skin at bay during the cold weather.
Other Ideas For Your Winter Skin Care Routine
These three tips are the ones that I think everyone needs to adopt during the hectic festive season and the winter months in general. However, you don’t have to stop there. This really is the hardest time of year for every skin type, so stepping your skin care routine up a notch can only be a good thing.
During winter, I like to add essential oils to my skin care regime. In particular I love applying tea tree oil to any spots or blemishes I get as it’s antibacterial and antiviral so it will fight off infections.
I’ve started to add CBD oil to my morning serum. This is because studies have shown that CBD helps to restore balance to the skin, fights free radicals and relieves stress and anxiety, which can leave the skin feeling and looking tired and dull.
I also love to lather the skin on my legs in shea butter during wintertime. If you haven’t tried using shea yet, you really should. It’s really affordable, available from health food stores or online, all-natural and gives the skin the most luxurious feel.
These are just some extra little additions that you can make to your skincare routine during the winter months. Not only will they keep chapped lips and dead skin at bay, but these ingredients are all anti-aging and very safe to use in their raw forms at home.
Hopefully this blog post will help you hone in on the 3 most important things that you can do to look after your skin this Christmas. After all, January can be a tough month for the best of us and we don’t need to be adding tired and dull skin to the list of things that get us down when all of the Christmas cheer has died down!