Dry and Flaky Complexion? Here's How to Deal With Winter Skin
Posted by Ellie Swain on Oct 13th 2021
The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and we’re welcoming chunky knits and toasty warm coats to our wardrobe.
While there are many things we love about winter (fireside gatherings, winter walks, and ice-skating with friends), there are a few side effects to the season we don’t appreciate. During the colder winter months, many of us are faced with dry, itchy, and irritated skin.
The drier climate and indoor heating can affect the skin adversely, gifting us with a flaky, tired-looking complexion. Fortunately, there are ways to brighten and hydrate the skin for a glowing and dewy complexion all through winter.
Want to discover the secrets to beautiful winter skin? Keep reading.
Moisturizing Is Key
It may come as no surprise that regularly moisturizing your skin during the winter months is the most effective way of treating dry skin. I
Some products are better for moisturizing winter skin than others. Seek creams packed full of lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, or ammonium lactate. These ingredients work wonders for sealing moisture within your skin.
Switching to a heavier face cream is perhaps one of the most essential and commonly overlooked steps when tending to dry skin in the winter.
If your complexion is dry and severely chapped, don’t be shy in packing on a hefty amount of product each morning and night.
The optimum time to apply moisturiser is within three to five minutes of showering, when your skin remains damp.
For an ultra-hydrating moisturizer, reach for Tuel’s Moisture Nourishing Cream . The concentrated formula is packed full of skin-loving nutrients to quench parched and thirsty skin.
The cream includes hyaluronic acid, carrot seed, shea butter, and various antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals and helps it retain moisture.
Smooth in the Serum
While most summertime formulas are replaced during the winter, serums are the exception. As long as the product is alcohol-free, an antioxidant serum is ideal for using year-round, including during the winter.
Throughout the year, the skin is consistently attacked by free radicals. These nasty free radicals lead to sunspots, break down collagen, and contribute to fine lines and wrinkles.
To tackle these issues, apply a vitamin C serum in the morning before layering on heavy products, like your new hydrating moisturiser.
Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen. It may be winter, but a daily dose of SPF is still essential to keep your skin protected, even on cold, overcast days.
We’re a fan of Tuel’s C Power Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum . This super-serum brightens and protects the skin while fighting aging too.
The secret to its multi-tasking powers lies in its powerful ingredients list of antioxidant vitamin C and lactic and malic acids. These ingredients come together to deliver the complexion a firmer, brighter look while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Avoid Hot Showers
Piping hot showers may sound heavenly, especially when its cold, but high temperatures dry out the skin by removing its surface oils. Keeping your shower water lukewarm is actually a lot better for your skin.
It’s also best to limit your showers to no longer than 10 minutes and avoid using scrubbing brushes or bath sponges. While they may do well to buff away dead skin cells, they can damage and irritate the skin too.
When you hop out of the shower, be sure to pat the skin gently rather than rubbing it dry vigorously.
In the winter, we tend not to drink as much as we do during the stifling summer months. But your body loses water through the skin no matter whether it’s January or July, especially when you spend most of your time in a warm, indoor environment.
This makes it super easy to become dehydrated without realising it, and it’s our dry skin that suffers. Remember to drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty and avoid caffeinated drinks which can dehydrate you further.
Switch Up Your Diet
There’s a direct connection between the gut and skin health. Boosting your daily intake of fats can help with dry skin. Try consuming a diet rich in walnuts, olive oil, and avocados and watch your complexion become plumper and firmer.
And, while we’re not saying you should completely cut out alcohol, try not to overdo it. Alcohol, caffeine, and coffee all cause dehydration as they’re diuretics. If you must, always drink extra water to make up for the alcohol you’re consuming.
Do you want more skincare advice? Learn how to prep your skin for a face tan and get a gorgeous glow, even in the winter.