Winter is officially upon us bringing with it low temperatures and winds and whilst we wrap up to keep ourselves warm, what else should we be adding to our routine? There’s a combination of elements attributed to the cold season that can affect our skin, hair, nails, and even mental health so here are some tips for your beauty regime that should help you through the winter months.
Beauty tips for the winter season
It’s always important to remain hydrated throughout the day but during winter, the air is much drier inside as well as outside. The effects of a dry atmosphere plus indoor heating impact on your skin causes dryness and dullness. Plus water will evaporate much quicker from your body. Keeping your water levels topped up also increases your metabolism and helps maintain your heart health and blood pressure. So, drink plenty of water!
The cold weather can aggravate your skin causing dryness which can develop into sore areas and leave skin looking dull and unhealthy. This is very common during winter months so establishing a skin care routine for dry skin to prevent and combat these issues is essential.
This regime typically involves a few different steps and types of products but should start with cleansing then toning and moisturizing to replenish and preserve your skin’s moisture. It’s often not considered but using a moisturizer with a high SPF is a must all year round too so ensure you’re protected from the sun at all times.
Our lips suffer too and more so during cold weather. Care should be taken not to lick your lips or be tempted to bite any dry areas as you need to allow time for any chapping to heal. Keep your lips covered with a good balm and make sure not to forget to purchase a chapstick that contains a high SPF. Those that contain shea butter and vitamin E are also recommended.
Taking good care of your hair and scalp is equally as important during wintertime. It’s best to limit or avoid the overuse of hairdryers and straightening or curling tools but if you do, ensure that you have used a heat-protective product.
When washing your hair, be mindful to use a hydrating shampoo to retain the moisture in your hair; if it becomes too dry it becomes prone to brittleness and breakages. Coconut oil can be used as a treatment for dry scalps and is recommended for use weekly or fortnightly depending on the severity of the issue, by massaging in and leaving for 45 minutes before washing out.
Hands And Feet
It’s important not to forget your hands and feet in your winter regime and as well as remember to wear gloves and thermal socks, your hands and feet will benefit from extra protection. Make sure that you keep your hands well moisturized with a good quality rich hand cream at least twice daily ensuring the skin around your nails and your cuticles are paid particular attention.
Exfoliate or file the hard skin on your feet after a warm shower and apply a nourishing foot cream to avoid cracking and splitting as the dry weather exacerbates problem areas and make sure you keep your digits warm!
Body Oil Protection
For the rest of your skin and if you suffer already from dryness, there are many products available to keep yourself well hydrated. Coconut oil has many other evidence based health benefits and using a small amount on your body before a bath can heal dry skin and chapped areas.
We hope these tips were helpful to include within your winter self-care routine. Thank you for reading and keep warm and hydrated this winter!