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Article: Preparing your skin and hair for Winter

Preparing your skin and hair for Winter
Skincare

Preparing your skin and hair for Winter

As the seasons change so can our skin and hair. The drier, colder months signal the joy of the new season but also the start of potential skin conditions. 

Our skin is exposed to quite a dramatic change in the weather, the low humidity and cold air can make skin and hair drier and strip out the moisture.

I’ve suffered with dry, cracked patches of skin on my face during the winter months, which seemed to be more persistent the older I got. But by making a few changes to my skincare routine these have been more manageable over the past couple of years. It’s easy to think that by applying a super thick moisturiser all of our dry skin worries will be gone, but it’s not as simple as that.

We’ve pulled together a few steps to keep your skin radiant and in good health this autumn as we transition into the winter months ahead.

1. Tweak your routine

Cold weather and central heating can cause skin to be itchy which is why a gentle exfoliant will serve you well in removing dead skin cells. 

Using creamy, oil or milky cleansers will ensure you’re not stripping the skin’s lipids and will keep it hydrated, this may mean swapping out your usual cleanser and any products which contain alcohol as this can do more harm than good. Our new Oil-To-Milk Cleanser effectively removes the build up of dirt and make up yet leaves skin soft and moisturised.

Cleansing balms are particularly good at soothing the skin, our Nourish Multi-purpose Balm which can be used as a cleanser, moisturiser or mask treatment, perfect for keeping your skin in tip top condition.

Moisturise: Use a rich, hydrating moisturiser (such as our Rejuvenate) to combat dry skin. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or shea butter.

Consider using hydrating masks to provide an extra boost of moisture to your skin. You can use one of our rather lovely clay masks or make your own with natural ingredients like honey and yogurt.

2. Continue using sunscreen

Even though it may not be 30 degrees outside it’s still crucial to use a sunscreen during winter. UV rays can still penetrate at this time of the year and can cause ageing and irreversible damage to the skin, so try and make sure this is included in your daily routine.

3. Layer up

You may find that you need a little more nourishment and protection for your skin once the weather turns colder. Using an emollient will seal in any moisture if you suffer from particularly dry or cracked skin. Layering with a face oil after you moisturise will give you the much needed environmental protection and help to keep the skin’s barrier healthy.

Our Revive Face Oil contains vitamins A, D and E which contribute to repairing, protecting and rejuvenating the skin.
For those with more sensitive skin, our unscented Calm Face Oil will gently nourish and soothe and if you’re looking for intensive hydration then our Nurture Intensive Face Oil will give a moisture boost to mature and dehydrated skin.

Haircare Tips

  1. Deep Conditioning: Use a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask regularly to keep your hair moisturised. You can also apply a small amount of coconut or argan oil to the ends of your hair.
  2. Limit Heat Styling: Minimise the use of heat styling tools, as they can contribute to dryness. When you do use them, apply a heat protectant spray.
  3. Avoid Hot Water: Hot water can strip your hair of natural oils. Wash your hair with lukewarm water instead and finish with a cool rinse to seal the hair cuticle.
  4. Protective Styles: Consider wearing protective hairstyles like braids or buns to minimise exposure to the harsh winter elements.
  5. Trimming: Regular trims can help prevent split ends and keep your hair healthy.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water is crucial for both your skin and hair health. Hydrate from the inside out.

General Tips:

  1. Layer Up: Wear protective clothing like scarves, hats, and gloves to shield your skin and hair from cold winds and low temperatures.

  2. Balanced Diet: Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients that support skin and hair health. Include foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E.

  3. Stay Active: Regular exercise promotes blood circulation, which can benefit your skin and hair.

As with any skincare recommendations it’s always a good idea to seek advice from a dermatologist if you have a specific concern with your skin. Different skin types may need less or more in terms of products and application; you know your own skin so go with what keeps it happy.

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