How to get glowing winter skin
We’ve already talked about glow, but how do we glow when it’s cold? Wind, cold and general miserability (which I hear is quite common in the winter months…) don’t go hand-in-hand with skin care. But (apart from cold-enduced-laziness), what exactly causes our skin to become less fabulous in the winter months?
- Our body works much harder to maintain homeostasis (which just means ‘temperature regulation’) in the cold, which can take precious nutrient away from our skin, and focus it on keeping everything else in the body warm.
- The wind, especially cold wind, is very dehydrating on the skin, causing tiny cracks in the upper skin layers. So, cold weather means dehydrated skin.
- Dehydrated skin means more dead skin cells staying put. Why? Dehydrated skin has an unbalanced ratio of water to oil, it won’t seem like you’re more oily, because you feel dry due to the lack of moisture in your skin (more detail about dehydration here), but what happens is this sticky oil (which doesn’t have the water levels it normally does to stop it sticking) keeps those dead skin cells stuck to it. Which can build and lead to even drier, flaky skin.
- Heating – on the other end of the scale (we can never win!) is also very dehydrating, because of the inbalance it creates in air humidity. Also, the changing between heated and cold environments makes our skin work overtime – and it tends to get annoyed at us.
- Hot showers – I’ve warned about this one before – the pH in the hot water is not friends with our skin!
So, what can we do?
It does sound a little doomed doesn’t, it? But, there are a few ways you can keep your skin on-side in winter
- Protect, protect, protect! Use a moisturiser that will help to create a barrier for your skin. This will help to stop that dehydrated cracking in the skin, which will help it to regulate it’s own moisture. Look for something that has Vitamin E, which actually works very well with the vitamin C in your skin cells – its a good idea to be taking some Vitamin C as a supplement – these two work together to protect skin cells – Vitamin E wraps itself around cells to protect from free-radical damage, so the Vitamin C can repair and further protect, they are best friends! Also, lanolin is a fantastic protector, it’s a sheep’s wool fat, the most similar substance to natural sebum on our skin than in any cosmetic pr0duct. A lot of people are scared of it because of the thickness, but it’s a fantastic protector.
- Soothe now! Protective moisturisers tend to have a lot of these kind of ingredients already, but if you are prone to breakout as well, keep your skin protected and soothed, all the time. Ingredients like Thyme oil, zinc and allantoin are fantastic to help keep winter-skin-redness at bay, as well as doubling as fantastic products for maintaining oil-balance and preventing breakout
- Keep up the screening – sunscreen is still my number one, even in miserable weather. If you haven’t tried a mineral-based, now’s the time. Something with Titanium Dioxide is fantastic, because it doesn’t absorb into the skin, which helps create that barrier to the cold your skin needs.
- Massage your skin. Get some blood and some movement happening! It’s my favourite (and free) method of getting that glow back in your skin. It also helps to aid the natural desquamation process (natural exfoliation), because, dehydrated skin tends to not exfoliate evenly, even when you scrub it like you normally would.
- Grease up before the shower… like in my article, this will help you tremendously in winter!
- How can we get glowing skin? I’ll tell you! (facetedbeauty.wordpress.com)
- S.O.S: What Saved My Dehydrated Skin (missaddymblog.wordpress.com)
- The Famous and Fabulous Macro-E (brandimcclure75.wordpress.com)