Thursday, 11 December 2014

† Beauty † Tips for healthy skin in winter (body post)

For many reasons, skin really takes a beating in the coldest winter months. To avoid suffering November through April, I've compiled a little list of things I do to avoid the worse of winter-skin.

-The most important thing is to keep drinking lots of water. Whilst in summer it may be the most natural thing to do, in winter you're not getting thirsty because of the heat. It's really important to try and consciously remind yourself to drink water all through the day. Although there's a lot of debate as to whether it directly affects the condition of your skin, there's no doubt to the fact that it's crucial to overall good health. This will affect your skin and improve its condition, be it directly or indirectly.
So, Number #1: WATER

-If you're experiencing blotchiness during winter, chances are it's due to a lack of moisture. When we turn the heating on, it sucks the moisture out of the air, which directly affects our skin. If you've got this option, you can turn a humidifier on in your room whilst you sleep. That said, not everyone has a humidifier, and it's not the only way to get moisture, so never fear.

You might feel the lack of humidity in the air most strongly in your hands and your face, which is fortunate because there are so many ways you can help this.

-Avoid washing your hands with hot water and/or stringent soap, which can strip your hands of any moisture and natural oils on your skin.

- Always keep a gentle moisturizer in your purse/backpack. I like to buy mine from Boots, in the travel section, because you can get any of your favorite moisturizers in mini size (which, naturally, you can also take on the plane with you). Beneath are a selection of my personal favorites:

From Left to Right: 
Soap and Glory, "Endless Glove 2-in-1 moisture mask and hand cream"
Soap and Glory "Hand Food" 
Bath & Body Works "Japanese Cherry Blossom"
Soap and Glory "The Righteous Butter"

You might have guessed that I'm obsessed with Soap and Glory... It's mainly because their creams keep my hands hydrated longer and better than many other, and also the amazing smell. I always have at least one of these in my bag at any given time, and they really do help fight winter skin. 

-For your feet, as they'll be constantly swaddled in fabric and big shoes, find a lotion contains glycerin and/or jelly. These are more hard core lotions that will really deal well with the extend of dry skin you can get on your feet in winter. If you regularly exfoliate you feet during winter, the moisturizer you apply will soak in more completely and immediately. 

Left to Right:
Nivea "Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream"
Soap and Glory "The Righteous Butter"

These two body lotions are the one I keep re-buying. I like to test the waters with new ones, but these have got to be my favorites, and they're ones I know I like, so if ever I'm not sure, I just pick one of these up. Sadly, the Soap and Glory body butter isn't one I can afford to get every time I run out (it's around £10...), but the Nivea lotion is lovely, very light and also more affordable. 

-The last tips has GOT to be: take out the sunscreen you put away at the end of the summer. The winter sun is JUST AS damaging as summer sun in terms of skin condition, but it's more dangerous because you can't feel the heat of it, so you don't necessarily immediately assume that the sun has any impact on you. That said, don't forget to cover up any exposed part of you with sunscreen in the winter sun. 

Stay tuned for my winter face skin tips!

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