Want to ensure that your face is able to brave the cold winder months? Then I’m here to help!
It’s a good idea to have a separate moisturiser for the summer and the winter; a rich, thick moisturiser, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, throughout November to March is ideal. However, if after applying a new moisturiser your skin looks shiny or has a breakout, this could be a sign that the product is too heavy. Look for products that contain glycerine and hydraulic acid. These are humectants that attract moisturise from the environment and are great for your skin. Avocado is a perfect ingredient, as is rose hip – these contain natural oils to help moisturise.
Treat yourself to a homemade avocado face mask every once in a while – just mix avocado, honey, oatmeal and lemon juice together and pop it on your face for 20 minutes.
Whilst using cleansers that contain an exfoliator may seem like a good idea on flaky skin, sometimes this can be part of the problem. Opt for a creamy cleanser, like Neal’s Yard’s Calendula Cleanser, during these blustery times to aid in putting the moisture back in to your skin. Use your exfoliator once a week to get rid of any skin build-up.
Chapped lips can be painful and dry. Our natural reaction is to lick them which will only make matters worse. Try softly running a dry toothbrush over your lips and applying a she butter balm such as Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm.
Increase your water intake. Your skin is being dehydrated by the weather and by heated rooms. Flavour your water with lemon slices, mint leaves or fruit to make a more interesting from time to time. Also, there’s nothing that I enjoy more when I’m cold than a steaming hot bath, however, this can also dry out your skin and the steam will cause you to be even more dehydrated. Unfortunately, it’s best to stick to a warm shower and pat your skin dry afterwards.
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