With winter rearing its icy head and forecasts of 'the coldest winter yet' circulating, we feel that it would be worthwhile to share some basic skincare tips that should help you stay moisturised and flake free during the coldest time of the year. It is the time when your skin is being exposed to extreme elements, cold icy winds and central heating indoors, which can dry out the most robust of skin types. Flaky, dry patches not only look unsightly, but can sometimes lead to more severe conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Beat the discomfort and the winter itch by following some very simple steps.
Use a rich natural moisturiser
We know it sounds obvious, but the moisturiser that you use during the autumn and winter months should be richer than what you'd use throughout spring and summer. A moisturiser with a high content of natural oils and butters can not only give you that youthful glow (yes, even in the winter!), but it also acts as a barrier, protecting your skin from drying out. When your skin is stripped of its natural oils it becomes more susceptible to infections and inflamation like eczema.
Try finding moisturisers that have a high content of shea or cocoa butter. Natural oils like jojoba not only moisturise but also provide a protective barrier for the skin. Our body butters are 100% natural and have a very high content of shea, cocoa and mango butters. They're perfect all over moisturisers, gentle enough to be used on the face and rich enough to target rough, dry patches.
Moisturise when your skin is still damp
It's worthwhile to take time to moisturise while your skin is still damp. Keep the bathroom door shut after your shower to maintain the humidity while you moisturise. This way you can seal moisture into your skin as it dries, keeping it hydrated for longer.
Avoid long hot showers & baths
We know that when the temperature plummets a long hot soak in the tub seems very appealing. The truth is that hot water is very harsh and drying, so is best avoided in general. Switch to short warm showers. They're not only better for the environment and less wasteful, but far kinder to your skin.
Switch to gentle natural soaps
Go for a natural vegetable based glycerin soap that won't strip your skin of its oils. Many mainstream soaps on the market claim to be gentle but are still laden with chemicals and artificial fragrances and colours. Our castile hand wash is made using organic sunflower and coconut oil and is a nourishing and indulgent alternative for dry hands.
Hydrate from the inside
Drink water!! Not only does your skin need its 'outer layers' to be looked after and moisturised, but you need to tackle the deeper layers. Drinking water helps to keep you skin hydrated 'from within', admittedly this isn't as easy to do when its freezing outside! Try substituting some of your daily cups of tea for hot water with slices of lemon and some grated ginger.
You are what you eat
As with drinking plenty of water, the food we eat can help combat dry skin. Make sure you incorporate plenty of healthy fats & oils into your diet. This doesn't have to be costly or elaborate, including simple things like avocados, oily fish, olive/coconut oil and unsalted nuts into your diet can really help to combat dry skin through out the year.
Yes, you've read correctly. Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean that the sun's rays can't damage your skin. Its easy to overlook the importance of adequate sunscreen in the winter when the sun isn't always glaring at you. Be mindful and make sure you've got sunscreen on when your out and about.
So there you have it, simple steps that should help you achieve a flake and itch free winter!