Is your skin winter ready?

Is your skin winter ready?

The lack of heat recently that can only mean one thing, winter is here.

How to get your skin winter ready

Yes, I know it's very Game of Thrones, but true all the same.  The single-digit temperatures and biting south-westerly winds mean that winter is upon us in the southern hemisphere.

The change in temperature usually means a change in skin conditions and far more care to keep your skin in tip-top shape.

Baby, it's cold outside

The cold weather is just one element that will likely to damage your skin. The movement from cold temperatures outside with a generous sprinkling of rain and gust of wind to air conditioning and heated buildings help to dry out your skin quickly.

Does terrible weather have to mean bad skin?

If you don't look after your skin, cold weather will lead to bad skin. Follow these simple steps you can keep healthy glowing skin all winter.

Step one - Moisturise

Replacing the moisture your skin loses in the cold and dry environments is key.  If you don't usually moisturise, the winter months are an excellent time to start.  I like to use a good quality oil to moisturise my skin as water-based moisturises can dry your skin out more.  Look for a good quality coconut oil, aloe vera oil or avocado oil.

 Good quality coconut oil is great for the skin

Good quality coconut oil is great for the skin

Step two - Hydrate

I believe that hydration all year round is essential.  Being dehydrated will dry out your skin more so keeping your water intake high in the cold weather is just as important as in the warmer months. If you don't like to drink lots of water, try adding a bag of fruit or green tea into a water bottle to give your water a little more flavour.

Step three - Not too hot with the water

Tempting as it might be to leap into a hot shower when the temperature plummets it probably won’t be the best thing for your skin.  Hot water dries your skin out plus the heat can make your skin red and blotchy, not cute.  Stick with warm water showers and moisturise your skin as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture.

Step four - Shed the dry skin

Winter is always going to mean you have more dry skin to deal with, that means exfoliation is required. Your skin is likely to be more sensitive in the cold months so be gentle when you exfoliate. Try a body scrub that will exfoliate and moisturise at the same time. 

 Use your coffee grounds as a body scrub

Use your coffee grounds as a body scrub

Step five - Keep moving

We all know that summer bodies are built in the winter which is reason enough to keep moving.  If you want another reason not to put on your fat pants and hibernate remember it is not good for your skin. Regular exercise is good for getting blood flow with the bonus of making you feel good.

Step six - SFP is not just for summer

New Zealand sun is intense year round which means you need to protect your skin even in the winter.  Look for a lightweight sunscreen that you can wear in the colder months or make up that comes with some SPF protection.

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