Your food and wardrobe aren’t the only things that require a refresh; the changing season also calls for an altered skincare routine and a focus more on hydration. After basking in warm temperatures with a minimalist skincare regime, winter has arrived and with it brings the worry of dry, flaky skin. Then, how to prep your skin for the cold days ahead? Well! By giving your skin the same consideration as your food and wardrobe. To begin with, introduce protecting products into your skincare regime as soon as the climate changes so that the skin is well prepared to tackle the biting cold outside. In general, the skin needs a bit of extra hydration. A thick, creamy moisturiser is like a winter coat, shielding your skin from chilly weather.
Here are five tips to help you maintain your winter skin routine and seamlessly make a transition in your skincare regime between seasons:
1) Switch from a normal cleanser to a gentle cleanser.
Foaming cleansers blended with salicylic acid are good for springtime—they help clean pores and keep oil at bay during the summer. The only downside is that most of them also contain sulphates, harsh lathering agents that can strip your skin of its natural oils and worsen already parched winter skin. Switching to a gentle cleanser is the best way to keep skin well hydrated and uphold a healthy barrier throughout the chilly months.
2) Add a good exfoliator.
Blocked pores and dead skin cells prevent moisturiser from penetrating into the skin properly, so it’s a good idea to gently exfoliate your face twice a week. Having said that, an absolute no-no for harsh scrubs; just a small amount of lactic acid will do the magic. Well! If you are looking for some organic products, SSPCL’s Mix Fruit Scrub is the best option for you. This skin-friendly scrub gently removes dead skin cells and hydrates your skin to give you a perfect glow, even in the winter.
3) Add an extra layer to your skincare
Winter calls for extra layers in terms of clothes for our bodies and our skin in the form of skincare allies. Serums are the most powerful skin products of all. Filled with a potent amount of rich ingredients, these liquid elixirs retain moisture and soothe chapped skin. The basic rule here is to layer your products in order from the thinnest to the thickest texture, so make sure your serum sits beneath your moisturiser for better absorption. Also, never forget your SPF. Even the cloudy or windy climate reflects UV rays, so SPF should be a four-season commitment.
4) The transition from lightweight to thick cream-based moisturiser
Switch from a lightweight lotion to a cream-based moisturizer. During the summer months, due to increased humidity, skin tends to hold more water, so even a lighter moisturiser works wonders. However, in the winter, skin tends to dry out due to lower humidity. To avoid chapping, our skin needs extra hydration, which comes from a thick cream-based moisturiser or lotion. Likewise, for winter, your moisturiser must contain a higher proportion of oil to water. Emollient ingredients, such as shea butter, contain fats that are very similar to those found in the skin barrier, which helps to keep moisture in the skin. You can try SSCPL’s Cocoa and Shea Butter Lotion for extra moisturization and hydration.
5) Winter skincare: What to Do and What Not to Do
No hot showers. Prolonged exposure to hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and rough. One thumb rule in skincare is applying moisturisers to damp skin. Moisturizer acts best when applied to damp skin as it tends to absorb more easily. Eat right and include fruits and berries rich in antioxidants to help your skin glow. Keep yourself hydrated by consuming lots of fluids such as water, fresh juices, buttermilk, etc.
So, welcome winter and enjoy chilly nights, keeping your worries at bay and saying hello to the full range of skincare products by SSCPL Herbals, which are specifically crafted to suit your skin during chilly winters.