Winter is prime time for a natural healthy glow to go on vacation. The chill in the air paired with rain and wind, increased time in front of the heater and hotter showers are a recipe for dehydrated and dull skin.
Not quite the skin goals we’re all after, are they?
So instead of trying to reinvigorate your complexion with clever makeup products like illuminating primers and highlighters, fix the problem at the source. Here are five things you should be doing in winter for amazing skin.
Change your skin care products
Just like you change your wardrobe to suit the change of season, you should do the same with your skin care routine. Look to add products that contain ingredients that will add a little more nourishment, because hydrated and moisturised skin is happy, healthy and glowing. Royal jelly, which contains antioxidants, vitamins and essential amino acids, works to support skin hydration and maintain a healthy-looking and radiant complexion (it can also help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles), so it’s a good ingredient to look for in your winter skin care wardrobe.
You can find it - along with a whole bunch of other natural ingredients - in the Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment range. You could swap out one or two of the products in your existing skin care line-up with products from the Skin Nourishment line, or, given that the range covers an entire regimen with the Gentle Foaming Cleanser, SPF15 Day Lotion, Eye Cream, Night Cream and Nourishment Facial Oil, you could completely overhaul your routine for maximum winter skin nourishment.
Reduce heat exposure
It’s human nature to seek warmth when we feel the icy chill of winter, but sadly the hotter you make your shower, and the more time you spend in front of the heater, the more you’re compromising the health of your skin. Excessive exposure to heat can lead to dry, parched skin, which makes for a dull and lacklustre complexion. Try as best you can to limit your heater time and keep the temperature of your showers mild.
Add a facial oil into your routine
There’s nothing that can inject maximum moisture into a parched and dehydrated complexion quite like an oil can. After cleansing and before your night cream, apply a couple of drops of the Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Facial Oil into your palms and gently massage it in. The combination of jojoba, rosehip, vitamin E and evening primrose work to give a serious dose of moisture, while rejuvenating your skin and helping to fight the signs of premature ageing.
Indulge in a weekly mask session
If you’ve found it hard to get into masking, winter is definitely the time to put in a little more effort. While there are plenty of masks that can help with skin issues like congestion, blackheads and lack of radiance, you’ll want to look for a mask that will boost hydration and give your dehydrated skin the extra moisture it needs. Once or twice a week, apply an intensely hydrating sheet mask (like Estée Lauder Micro Essence Infusion Mask), let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, and once removed, massage the excess product into your skin.
Drink more water
You’d be surprised by how much drinking enough water can improve your skin. To really simplify it, water is essentially fuel for your body, and when you’re sufficiently hydrated, your cells work harder, meaning your skin is healthier. And because we don’t expect you to completely avoid every kind of heat source during winter, it’s all the more important to ensure you are drinking enough water during the day. If you can’t hack a cold or room temperature glass, try replacing your coffee or tea with a glass of hot water.
Looking to get more into masking? Read our essential guide to face masks.
Have you noticed a change in your skin during winter? How do you counteract it? Please share with us in the comments section below
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Carli is BEAUTYcrew’s Editor and has been since the site launched in 2016. She is currently on a quest to find the perfect medium-coverage foundation for combination skin, is trying to narrow down her mascara collection to just three, and is embracing the power of AHAs. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.