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6 Ways To Keep Your Skin Happy In Cold Weather

So after enjoying a lovely long summer with extremely hot days, it is slowly but surely starting to get colder again.

But after soaking up the sun the past few months, you might want to adapt your skin care routine now that the temperatures are lower and the days so much shorter.

SPF

Surprised to see this on the list? It’s important to remember that the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays can still reach your delicate skin even if you don’t actually see the sun. Therefore your skin’ll need year-round commitment from UV damage.

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Moisturise

Ireland can get quite cold during winter and it can take its toll on your skin when you regularly move from outside to the warm, heated inside of you house of office. This will dry out your skin and cause dehydration and sensitivity. And don’t just moisturise your face. Make it a habit to moisturise your whole body. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, therefore it’s important to take care of it and show it the necessary love it deserves.

Hydrate

You might think applying a hydrating moisturiser to your skin is enough, but make sure to hydrate it from the inside as well. Although it’s very difficult to opt for a glass of water rather than a hot, steamy cup of coffee, drinking water will have a lot more benefits in store than that dehydrating cup of caffeine. If you’re really struggling to drink enough water during winter, try warmer substitutes like boiled water with some lemon and honey, or herbal tea.

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Don’t Crank Up The Heat

Whather you’re in your heated home, or in the shower, it’s best for your skin not to make your surroundings warmer than necessary. The hot air and water can easily dry out your skin even more. And with your body temperature colder than normal, getting into a hot shower means your skin will react in a negative way, which can lead to broken capillaries over time. And keep your showers short – ideally no longer than 10 minutes.

Keep Alcohol To A Minimum

Both for drinking and in your skin care products. Alcohol based products can also have a drying effect on your skin, causing more damage. Any harsh soaps or lotions that are strongly frangranced/scented or full of preservatives can raise your skin’s pH, and disrupt delicate balance. Your skin’s pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity. Healthy skin is naturally acidic, with a pH of about 5.5.

Drinking alcohol can also dehydrate your body, including your skin. Therefore it’s wise to keep the G&T’s to a minimum and instead opt for a glass of sparkling water instead.

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Wrap Up

This might be obvious, but to really protect your skin from the colder weather’s effects, it’s wise to wrap up with a coat, scarf and some decent gloves. The wind can often chafe at your skin and strip it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and sore. Your hands, especially, are affected by this. Although you might be using a rich and nourish hand cream which is essential for keeping your hands soft and moisturised, it’s also best to invest in a decent pair of gloves, to keep the skin on your hands happy.

How do you keep your skin happy during colder weather? Tell us in the comments below. 


About the Author

Elsje is our Parenting Staff Writer. She’s probably one of the biggest ‘Friends' fans there is and absolutely loves sport and adventure. She has a background in South African news journalism, and has been living in Ireland since January 2018. Elsje loves animals, especially cats, and wouldn’t mind living on an island surrounded by them. She also loves it when people compliment her very South African accent. Read more about her Irish adventures on her blog: anirishsouthafrican.wordpress.com.

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