It’s that time of year again when your skin needs a little extra TLC. Factors such as colder temperatures, lack of sunlight and central heating can leave your skin looking dry and dull. But it doesn’t have to be like that and you can still have gorgeous, glowing skin in Winter too. Whilst I do advise introducing a couple of extra products into your skincare routine, these Winter skincare tips that I’m about to share with you also include simple things that you can easily do every day in a few minutes. And they won’t cost you a cent either. So are you ready for gorgeous, glowing Winter skin? Great, let’s go.
1. Use A Facial Oil
Now, I realise you may be tensing up at the thoughts of using an oil on your face! Especially if you have oily skin. But hear me out first. If you have dry skin, in particular, introducing a facial oil into your winter skincare routine is a must. A facial oil that contains organic ingredients such as rosehip oil is an excellent way to give your skin a huge boost of hydration.
However, if you have oily or combination skin, I still recommend using a facial oil. I realise this may sound counterproductive, but it’s actually going to HELP your skin to produce less oil, not more. I’ve talked in greater detail about why this is as well as sharing, even more, tips for oily skin in my FREE Skincare Guide. So make sure to download your guide.
No matter what your skin type, a facial oil is not going to make your skin look or feel greasy. What it will do is regenerate and rehydrate your skin which will minimise any fine lines and wrinkles. And it will control oil production. Hopefully, that’s convinced you how amazing a facial oil is!
How to apply it
You only need to use a very small amount of the oil and you only need to apply it at night. Applying it at night means you’re really allowing the oil to soak into your skin overnight and work its magic.
It’s best applied after removing your makeup and cleansing your face. Then massage 2-3 drops of the oil into your face. You only need to concentrate on the t-zone area. You can leave it at that if you like. However, if your skin is particularly dry or dehydrated, you can follow up with your regular night cream too.
2. Apply A Face Mask 1-2 Times Per Week
If you’re not already using a face mask, now is a great time to introduce one into your winter skincare routine. Not only are they are a great way to pamper yourself and practice some self-care, they’re also excellent for giving your skin an added boost of what it needs. The type of face mask you’ll choose will depend on your skin type.
For example, if you have dry skin, choose a face mask that contains skin-loving ingredients such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil or honey. These will really help to rehydrate your skin and leave it glowing and hydrated. If you have oily or combination skin, clay masks are a good option for you, as they help to control excess oil.
How to apply it
Masks are best applied 1 to 2 times per week. And they’re best applied in the evening. Make sure to completely remove all makeup first and cleanse your face. Then apply the face mask. Follow the instructions carefully and only leave the mask on for as long as it tells you to. Remove the mask as per the instructions and follow up with a facial oil or your night cream.
3. Be Mindful Of Water Temperature
Baby, it’s cold outside! And soaking in a hot bath or shower can seem like the perfect thing to do to warm up. But be careful of the water temperature when your bathing or showering. Sure, it’s tempting to turn up the water temperature to very hot as it’s so cold. But hot water will just dry out your skin even further. So make sure to keep it lukewarm to warm at most.This applies to cleansing both your face and body. I know this one may sound like a really simple winter skincare tip. And it is! But it works.
4. Drink LOTS Of Water
I can’t emphasize this point enough! In fact, this is my number 1 skincare tip for everyone all year round. It doesn’t matter how amazing your skincare products are. If you’re not drinking enough water, not only is your body dehydrated but so is your skin. And you’ll immediately notice the effects in the form of dry, dehydrated, flaky, dull looking skin. Not to mention fine lines and wrinkles!
Yes, I know it’s so cold right now. And the last thing you want to drink is cold drinks. So it can be easy to head straight for the warm drinks like tea and coffee instead. However, it’s so important to drink plenty of water in winter. Central heating can really cause the skin to dehydrate very quickly. And going from hot to cold temperatures can really plan havoc with our skins moisture levels.
Tips for drinking water in winter
Just like any good (or bad) habits, it’s a matter of getting into a routine. And one great way to ensure you’re consistently drinking plenty of water is to keep a water bottle beside you at all times. If it’s there, you’re more likely to drink it. For example, you could keep a 500ml bottle of water and a small glass beside your workstation. Fill up the glass with water and keep doing this until the bottle is empty and you’re ready for a refill. Before you know it, the bottle will be empty and you’ll be filling it up again. Little and often is the key. Once you’ve gone through 2 of these 500ml bottles, you’ll already have drunk 1 litre of water. It’s that simple.
If you find it too cold right now, don’t drink water straight from the fridge. Instead, drink water that’s at room temperature. That way, it won’t feel too cold to drink and it will help you to drink more of it.
If you find water very bland to drink, or if you’re looking for some new and interesting ways to drink it, I’ve got plenty more fun and tasty ways to drink water for you here.
5. Avoid Products That Contain SLS’s or SLES’s
As I’ve already mentioned, our skin tends to be much drier and dehydrated in Winter. And products that contain SLS’s or SLES’s are going to exacerbate that even further. I actually recommend eliminating these ingredients not only from your winter skincare routine but all year round. You can read why I suggest this, what they are and why you should avoid SLS’s and SLES’s here.
These are found in products such as shower gels and hand washes. And as your skin is already dehydrated in the colder temperatures, it’s not good to use products that are going to dehydrate them even further. If you’re looking for some recommendations, check out my natural beauty guide where I talk about some of my favourite organic body care products.
6. Use A Hydrating Lip Balm At Night
One of the areas that looks and feels most dehydrated in Winter is our lips. Now, you may be thinking that you just need to apply some lip balm and you’re good to go. However, not all lip balms are created equal. And many of the mainstream lip products that you’re using may actually be drying your lips out even further (eg: Vaseline).
So avoid lip balms that contain petroleum jelly, also known as petrolatum. Sure, you’ll get some relief from them. But what this is really doing is just coating the lips rather than treating them. And with repeated use, it’s actually going to dry out your lips even further. Instead look for lip balms that contain moisturizing ingredients such as organic shea butter, cocoa butter or olive oil as these will treat and hydrate your lips.
How to apply it
One of the best times to apply lip balm is just before you go to sleep. This will ensure it has time to soak into your lips and really hydrate them as you won’t be eating or drinking anything during that time. Another great way to hydrate lips is to apply lip balm right after you apply your facial moisturizer and before applying makeup. This will allow the lip balm to soak into your lips well before you apply lipstick.
If you find your lips are really dry and flaky, exfoliate once or twice per week. Be careful though, as the skin on the lips is extremely delicate. You could either use a scrub that’s specifically for the lips. Or you could use a very soft toothbrush. For example, children’s toothbrushes are great as they’re so soft yet will exfoliate gently yet effectively.
7. Your Body Also Needs A Winter Skincare Routine!
The skin on our bodies often gets forgotten about in Winter. Mainly because it’s all covered up with warm layers. And as we can’t see it, we don’t notice how dry it can become. But it’s just as important to have a winter skincare routine for your body so that’s it in great condition once the Spring comes around and it’s time to wear T-shirts again. Here’s a video tutorial I made with 2 simple winter skincare tips to combat dry skin on your body. These will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated as well as looking glowing and radiant.
I really hope you found these winter skincare tips helpful. And if you’re looking for even more skincare tips, make sure to download my FREE Skincare Guide. I’ve got tips for every skin type. And even if you’re not sure what your skin type is, the guide also helps you to determine this. I’ve also shared over on Facebook Live some of my current winter skincare hero products that are really helping to rehydrate my skin right now.
Now I’d love to hear from you. What’s the biggest issue you’re experiencing right now with your skin in these cooler temperatures? xo