During the winter months many factors change in our lives, and the results show on our skin. From the changing weather conditions outside, to the dryness of central heating indoors, it feels impossible to maintain healthy skin. This makes winter one of the most important times of the year to stay on top of your skincare game and tackle these troublesome elements that we’re faced with. However, don’t worry; we’ve got the answers for you right here…
1. Looking to fight heightened pollution? In winter our skin’s exposure to pollution is higher. This is because warm air is trapped near the ground underneath a layer of cold air, which means smoke and carbon monoxide from pollution can’t rise and disperse and can reach unhealthy levels. Pollution particles will then stick to your make-up and the skin on our faces, and if you are not cleansing thoroughly, pollution can result in free radical damage, leading to breakdown of healthy collagen, and bringing on premature ageing.
2. Cranking up the central heating? As temperatures outside plummet we whack on the central heating in a desperate attempt to escape the winter shivers. Although this stops us from freezing to death it also exacerbates any underlying existing skin conditions. Moisture is drawn out of the skin; making dry skin drier and oily skin even oilier to compensate for the dehydration.
3. Drinking less water? It’s perfectly natural to drink less water in winter than summer, as our bodies are colder and we usually turn to hot beverages to warm our cockles, rather than cool soft drinks. But water still plays a vital role in every bodily function, including maintaining healthy skin, and obviously dehydration can still occur in the winter months, as well as the summer. A minimum or 2-3 litres of water should be consumed per day.
4. Why wear SPF in the winter? For some strange reason we’re still not in the habit of applying SPF all year round. Daylight, not hot sunlight, carries the most harmful UVA rays, so it is just as important to wear sunscreen in winter. Slap that SPF on!
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