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Now that winter has fully embraced us with its freezing cold temperates, strong winds and dry air, it’s time that we strengthen our skincare routine to protect and repair the skin.

How is the skin affected by winter weather?

During the colder months, our skin becomes dry due to low humidity levels and colder temperatures. The harsh winds as well as heavy rain or snow contribute by stripping away any natural oils created by the skin. Central heating also contributes to drying out the air and thus the skin and hot showers too. Dry skin can lead to further issues like sensitive skin, redness, dullness and breakouts.

Double cleansing

Double cleansing involves using a combination of 2 different cleansers. One is a cleanser with a balm or oil consistency and the second is a regular cleanser or face wash. The first cleanser works to remove oil based impurities, including; makeup, sunscreen, sebum and pollution. The oil or balm based cleanser adds extra hydration to the skin too instead of stripping the skin of natural oils that it needs to protect itself. The second cleanser however works its way into the skin and removes any residue grime or elements such as sweat. This method ensures a thorough cleanse without damaging the skin barrier. Most importantly, this creates a clean, fresh base for other skincare products to penetrate through the skin more effectively.

Essence

Essence is a water based skincare product consisting of high content active ingredients that hydrates, protects and rejuvenates the skin. Its key ingredients include water, which works to hydrate the skin alongside glycerin, a moisturising agent used to trap moisture within the skin. Hyaluronic acid is another key ingredient which is a natural substance found within the body. Hyaluronic acid works in essences to further moisturise skin as its molecules can attract up to 1000 times their own weight in water. By doing this, it creates plump looking skin and reduces issues such as dryness, wrinkles and fine lines. Essence also balances the pH of the skin, reducing chances of inflammation and softens the surface of the skin,

Nourishing moisturisers

A thick moisturiser filled with beneficial, nourishing and effective ingredients is the most impactful step in a winter skincare routine. It adds any hydration your skin may need due to issues such as dryness and helps to build and strengthen the skin barrier. An ingredient that you should prioritise in a moisturiser is glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant, which means it draws water into the surface of the skin from the layers below or from the air. It also traps moisture, improves skin barrier function and plays a massive role in relieving dry skin or irritated skin. Other beneficial ingredients include vitamins such as vitamin E and C that work by reducing inflamed or red skin, improving hydration and reducing hyperpigmentation. Peptides are also beneficial in hydration and work to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Eye cream

An eye cream is a moisturising product that has been designed specifically for application in the delicate and sensitive areas under and around the eyes.  This sensitivity is due to the skin being thinner in comparison to the other areas of the face and body and can portray signs of ageing much quicker too. Eye creams work by moisturising the under eye area whilst smoothing and plumping the skin too. It can even reduce the appearance of dark circles which is an issue many deal with during the winter due to a lack of sunlight, reducing vitamin D and K levels within the body. Many people may see eye cream as an unnecessary step and think a regular face moisturiser will treat all areas of the face. However, most moisturisers contain ingredients that are too harsh to use around the eyes. Eye creams are formulated to be safe for use around the eyes and have a thicker consistency to hydrate effectively.

Lip balm

Applying lip balm frequently during the colder months is one of the simplest but overlooked step in a winter skincare routine. Cold air and lower humidity levels not only dry out your skin, but your lips too causing problems such chapped lips and this irritation can trigger cold sores too. If you are spending a lot of time outdoors during the winter, it’s important to reapply lip balm a few times a day to protect your lips from the harsh winds or weather conditions such as rain or snow. You should also be using lip balm that contains SPF as UV rays from the sun not only damage the skin on your face, but the skin on your lips too. It can cause them to appear wrinkly and look aged.

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