Winter months can play havoc with our skin. The summer glow has long gone and the cold weather, bitter winds and the contrast with warm but skin-drying central heating means that our skin is having to adapt to an ever-changing environment.
1. More water less wine! Hydrate your skin.
Winter months call for warming foods and drinks so swap that ice cold Prosecco for nourishing soups and herbal teas.
Chamomile tea is a firm favourite. Chamomile is full of quercetin and antioxidants which protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, UVB, the sunburn rays, are lower during the winter months but UVA, the ageing rays, are still present in the winter sun.
Top Tip: Chamomile’s relaxing properties also make it a perfect bedtime tea to ensure you get those restful 8 hours of beauty sleep.
2. Wrap up warm
Skin is our first line of defence and takes the brunt of the winter weather so wrap up warm with a cute bobble hat, a scarf and some gloves. A layer of moisturiser or aloe vera gel before you leave the house can provide a little extra protection from the elements.
Top tip: Pop some hand cream on under your gloves for a mini mani on the school run!
3. Ditch the face wipes
For many of us, cleansing wipes have become a bathroom staple; they’re cheap, convenient and a quick wipe takes off the day’s make up.
Cleansing wipes contain a huge amount of chemicals. Ingredients to dissolve and remove make-up, oil, and dead skin are packaged with chemicals such as methylisothiazolinone (MI), alcohol denat, triclosan and parabens which keep them moist, effective and preserved.
These ingredients remains on the skin as a chemical residue after we’ve wiped off the day’s grime, leaving your poor skin exposed to a cocktail of chemical irritants.
Top tip: Invest in re-useable washcloths. There are some beautiful handmade cloths available and you can support a small local business with your purchase.
4. Skin-Friendly nutrition
There is a direct connection between skin health and what’s going on in our gut!
Dry skin or eczema isn’t addressed by slapping on rich moisturisers and emollients, what we eat has much more impact on our skin health that anything we put on it.
The skin’s outer layer, the epidermis is made up of a lipid barrier giving the skin it’s waterproof nature. The skin needs essential fatty acids and proteins to help repair itself.
Top tip: The best foods for skin included avocados, oily fish such as salmon, walnuts, sweet potatoes, broccoli and peppers. Don’t skip the Brussels sprouts this Christmas, they are high in antioxidants and vitamin C!
5. Hide from the relatives
Stress can make your skin more sensitive and cause breakouts and other skin problems.
Take time each day to check-in with yourself, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and joy-check any activities and events planned for the holidays.
Top tip: Winter is a season to be introspective, it’s ok to slow down and spend all day in your PJs playing board games (just maybe not Monopoly if it’s as competitive as my family!).