VOICE OVER: Ryan Wild
WRITTEN BY: Richard Bush
The elements — and dry indoor air — can be harsh on your skin during the winter months, so it's important to change up your routine accordingly to ensure your skin gets the care and attention it needs. So what precautions should you be taking? Well, to help guide you, we've sifted through numerous websites to present our top 5 winter skincare tips, along with some products that will help you keep your skin fresh and moisturised.
Script written by RIchard Bush
Top 5 Winter Skincare Tips
Welcome to GetMojo, where we do the research so you don’t have to! In this video, we’re counting down our top 5 winter skincare tips.
The elements — and dry indoor air — can be harsh on your skin during the winter months, so it’s important to change up your routine accordingly to ensure your skin gets the care and attention it needs. So what precautions should you be taking? Well, to help guide you, we’ve sifted through numerous websites to present our top 5 winter skincare tips, along with some products that will help you keep your skin fresh and moisturised. Okay, first up.
Be Wary of Hot Water
During the colder months, jumping in a steamy hot shower is incredibly tempting. But hot showers can dry out your skin very quickly - and in some cases cause your skin to develop cracks, and even eczema. To prevent this, it’s better to take lukewarm showers, and ensure that you moisturize your skin immediately after, to keep your skin’s moisture barrier intact. Reducing the length of your showers can also help prevent dried out skin.
Remember to Hydrate
One of the most important factors in keeping your skin looking healthy is drinking plenty of water in order to hydrate yourself, and therefore hydrate your skin. However, motivating yourself to drink water in the winter — and to exercise — can be difficult, so keeping a water bottle at hand at all times is a good tactic. You can even opt for a smart water bottle, like the Hidrate Spark 3, that glows and prompts you to drink, helping you stick to daily water consumption goals.
Switch From Lotion to Cream
Using lotion on your skin is great during warmer, humid climates. But during the winter, your skin requires a little more moisturizing firepower - and that’s where creams come in. Ideally, you’ll want to use a product that contains the holy trinity: humectants, emollients and occlusives - and these usually come in the form of heavier creams. A brand like Kiehl’s has a wide range of excellent creams which are great for keeping skin moisturized, especially during winter. Also, as important as face and body moisturization is, don’t forget to keep your hands moisturized.
Layer Your Products
If you really want to get tactical about your winter skincare, then layering your products is a great way to do it. But it’s important to ensure you’re layering in the right order. You should start with lighter, water-based moisturizers, and then seal in this moisture using a facial oil. This oil will make sure the moisture is kept in the skin, and not instantly drawn out by surrounding dry air. And on the topic of layers, you can layer up your clothing to protect your skin too, with essentials like mittens and hats.
It’s easy to appreciate why people could be apprehensive about exfoliating dry skin in the winter. But in fact, removing dead, flaky skin cells is essential to revealing the fresh skin underneath, and giving a revitalized look. Using exfoliating products and accessories like a glove can help freshen up your skin, and prevent blocked pores. However, it is vital, especially in winter, that you exfoliate lightly - and that you don’t do it too often. The last thing you want is to damage the baby-like skin underneath.
So which winter skincare tips are the most important? Well, that will depend on your personal skin type, whether it’s drier, or oilier and prone to breaking out. So it’s essential to listen to your body and adapt your routine accordingly. But lifestyle changes like drinking more water and taking cooler showers are great places to start.
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