How to Maintain Healthy Skin During the Winter: Marvie Beauty Winter Skincare Guide
Winter is a wonderful season! The cold weather and holidays bring people together. It is a season of warmth, love and connection. However, the season is not particularly kind to your skin! Maintaining your health, safety and skincare is highly important, especially during the colder months. With all the cold air, harsh winds and drying effects of central heating, the conditions can get very extreme for your skin's natural protective barrier, especially if you have sensitive skin! Even the things we love most like sitting by the fire or having hot showers can dry out your skin and strip it of its natural oils, leading to itchiness, micro tears, breakouts, reduced skin elasticity, faster ageing, the list goes on. Those with dry skin are even more prone to suffering from skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis! The winter robs your skin of all moisture and therefore maintaining hydration is the ultimate goal! Luckily, there are some easy ways to do this without changing up your skincare routine too much!
Your skincare routine should change slightly with the seasons because skincare products that work for you during the spring and summer may not be good for your skin during the autumn and winter. You want to focus on more gentle skincare during the colder seasons that keep your skin healthy and moisturised as opposed to heavy exfoliating. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because your skin is dry, you need to scrub away dead cells. This is far from the truth and could end up causing you more harm. The natural oils in your skin help to prevent dryness, form a protective barrier and keep your skin moisturised and healthy, much needed during the winter. Gentle cleansers and moisturisers will nourish your skin and preserve its natural moisture. Avoid harsh exfoliating products, acids, alcohol and retinol as they will leave your skin dryer. Go for natural and water-based products and switch to a smoother daily face wash if you use an exfoliating one these will help to maintain your skin’s natural protective barrier.
Adding moisture to your skin
We all know that water is the best moisturiser for your skin while things such as essential oils and creams work as a sealant to retain that moisture. During the colder months, the outdoor air holds less water while indoor heating also dries out the moisture from the air. Dryness during the winter is pretty much unavoidable and the dryer the air, the dryer your skin will become. Therefore it is highly recommended to invest in an air humidifier!
Humidifiers moisturise the air by releasing fine water particles. Almost like a soothing serum, those particles penetrate the skin deeper and faster than those thick and heavy creams that clog your pores and cause breakouts. There are many reasons why you need a humidifier for your home and they go way beyond the list of benefits to your skin. Both warm-mist and cool-mist humidifiers are equally as effective in humidifying the air. By the time the vapour reaches you, it will be the same temperature, so it doesn't matter which one you choose! They are especially great during the fall and winter to give your skin a hydration boost after spending time outside or being indoors with the heating on. Not only that, but they are particularly effective for treating dryness of the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lips while easing cold and flu symptoms. By releasing moisture into the air, humidifiers help to rehydrate your skin, nasal passages, and respiratory system, relieving congestion, sore throat and other problems. It’s no wonder that they are highly recommended by both skincare and health experts!
A portable table-top humidifier can be placed in your home. It is recommended to place it in the room you spend the most time in, which in many cases would be the bedroom, so that the moisture can produce benefits while you are working, relaxing or even sleeping. The humidifier will be working in the background to add moisture back into the air, maintaining good humidity levels and making sure your skin and body stay perfectly hydrated at all times! Not to mention, if you add some essential oils, not only does it provide extra benefits, but it will also leave the room smelling amazing!
Face misters can be carried with you outdoors for whenever you need a quick hydration boost! Keep a face mister with you when you are travelling or at your desk to top up your skin throughout the day! It is also a good idea to incorporate a portable humidifier into your skincare routine. It will soften your skin and open up your pores making it easier to remove dirt and allow your moisturising skincare products to be absorbed deeper. Your skin will thank you!
It is important to take extra care with your skin during the winter time, especially if you have skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or sensitive skin, as your skin is more delicate and fragile. You want to keep your winter skincare routine as simple and natural as possible. Introducing too many products is overwhelming for your skin and will cause more harm than good. Gentle cleansing is a must because harsh cleansers can leave your skin feeling even more dry and tight. Keep your skin's natural protective barrier in-tact and as healthy as possible so that it can retain moisture. Your skin should always feel calm and hydrated after any skincare routine. Stay away from any irritants or allergens that can cause bad reactions and don't forget to stay hydrated from the inside too by drinking plenty of water!