The dos and don'ts of caring for your skin this winter
Winter can be tough on your skin.
Cooler air contains less moisture, this alone can have a drying effect on the skin.
When you spend all day moving from cold outdoor air to warm indoor air even if you have oily skin areas can become itchy, dry and flaky.
With a little extra care and some kind and caring skin care products you can enjoy dewy skin this winter, here's how.
Don't use hot water when you cleanse
Skin cells help our skin retain moisture by producing a very thin layer of oil that covers the skin.
If you cleanse with hot water, this natural moisture barrier is broken down meaning your skin will become more prone to dryness.
Cleanse with cool water to maintain the natural balance of your skin.
Do drink plenty of water
It can be easier to become dehydrated in winter when it is cooler and we’re spending more time indoors.
Staying hydrated is good for your overall health and wellbeing and can help prevent dry skin.
Don't neglect your sunscreen
Protecting your skin from the sun isn’t just for summer skin.
Winter sun can be just as damaging, so make sure you keep your skin protected all year round.
Do choose kind skin care
Some skin care products can unintentionally dry out your skin.
Avoid skin care products with harsh ingredients, soap or alcohol that can all break down the natural protective barrier.
Instead, choose skin care products that are water-based or harness the power of water entirely. Santé's Insta Glow bundle contains everything you need for instant glowing and radiant skin, just add water.
Don't forget diet can affect your skin
Eating plenty of fresh produce and a balanced diet.
To supply your skin with all the moisturising goodness from the inside choose oily fish high in omega-3 like salmon and tuna, nuts and avocados that are good sources of natural fats and skin-loving vitamin E.
Do apply a face mask more frequently
If your skin gets especially dry throughout winter, applying a face mask more regularly is a great way to help lock-in moisture.
Try applying a natural face mask full of hydrating properties 1-2 times a week and monitor the improvement.
Don't forget to exfoliate (gently)
If your skin is irritated and dry throughout winter, you might think taking a break from exfoliating will help.
However, exfoliating gently throughout the winter can help lift away dead skin cells, ensure your pores don’t become blocked (leading to breakouts) and allow your skin to better benefit from a nourishing moisturiser.
Do look for products that are dermatologically tested
Your skin can be more sensitive throughout winter, so if you're investing in a new skin care product look for a product that has been put to the test and proven not to cause irritation.
Don't underestimate the power of face oils
Adding a natural face oil to your skin care routine can be extremely beneficial in cooler weather.
Applying a face oil under your moisturiser is like applying an added layer of protection helping keep moisture locked in for longer.