Have you ever wondered why winter is the worst time of year for your skin? Flaky, dry skin can be a pain all year round, but cold weather tightens pores and strips skin of moisture. This can be a problem particularly for those with conditions such as eczema and acne, which are already irritating enough to treat. But, don’t despair if you’re a victim of red patches and cracked lips, as this latest instalment of our Qlu Blog will lay out a few simple steps to keep your skin looking and feeling radiant and fresh – even in the harshest weather conditions.
Flaky, dry skin can be a pain all year round, but cold weather tightens pores and strips skin of moisture
Keep temperatures under control
Sub-zero temperatures and harsh winds really are a mood killer, particular when they impact your physical appearance. You might think that seeking refuge indoors is a great option if you suffer from dry skin due to low humidity in winter – but this isn’t the case. In fact, central heating further saps your skin of its necessary nutrients. This also applies to hot water, which washes away your skin’s natural oils. With this in mind, wrap up warm and keep that thermostat low to be kind to your skin. When you’re out and about, hats and scarfs protect your face, while gloves will prevent dry, freezing fingers. Also try showering in lukewarm water – although hot showers are more appealing in winter, it harms the outer layer of the skin and provokes itching.
Choose the best products for you
The key to having amazing skin is treating it with products that have the greatest results for you personally. At this time of year, put extra effort into your skin-care regime to compensate for lack of hydration. The main focus of this should be moisturising, which you should repeat throughout the day. This will alleviate the symptoms of dry, painful skin and lead to high hydration levels. Go for a product which is suitable for sensitive skin, and research what will benefit your skin type. Thin lotions contain the most water so are perfect for regular use during the day. In contrast, thick ointments lock in water so should be used after showering and before bed. Don’t forget to exfoliate away dead, dry cells before applying moisturiser to keep your skin supple and soft.
At this time of year, put extra effort into your skin-care regime to compensate for lack of hydration
When removing make-up, don’t fall into the trap of buying quick and easy wipes because they’re convenient. Rubbing your skin with these can cause extra damage on the surface. Instead, try micellar water which nourishes your skin and also helps keep it clear.
Chapped lips are often another drawback of winter, and natural products win in this area. Resist the tastiness of flavoured chapsticks because this encourages you to lick your lips which further dries them out. Cocoa butter, petroleum jelly and beeswax all retain moisture and heal broken skin.
The most fool-proof way of fighting dry skin is drinking more water to replace the hydration lost from your body. We often don’t feel so thirsty in winter but it’s vital to aim for two litres a day, all year. Not only will this combat dryness – water also removes impurities so it’s essential to drink your fair share if you want to beat spots and blemishes.
We often don’t feel so thirsty in winter but it’s vital to aim for two litres of water a day, all year
Modify your diet
Remember, a diet rich in antioxidants is fundamental for good skin health. Our unique NutriQlu test can give you a clear picture of how well you’re performing in this area and where you need to improve. To get you started, foods linked to healthy skin include fish which is rich in omega-3 such as salmon and mackerel. The healthy fatty acids found in these maintain elasticity, keeping skin firm. As for vegetables, carrots boost your complexion with vitamin A and vitamin C, and beetroot eliminates toxins. You can even apply beetroot juice to your face for a handy home remedy with surprising anti-ageing effects.
Foods linked to healthy skin include fish which is rich in omega-3 such as salmon and mackerel
Once you have an understanding of your current nutritional intake, you can plan more meals with beneficial ingredients. Your skin will be glowing in no time – rain or shine.
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