8 Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love This Winter Season

The change in seasons means it’s time for a new skincare routine, and it’s not always easy to take care of your skin when the weather is cold and dry. You may find your skin feeling itchy or flaky due to the low humidity, so here are a few tips on how to keep it looking fresh and hydrated this winter season! 

1. Don’t Use Soap

It’s all about pH levels; when a pH level is a 7, it is neutral, anything greater than 7 is alkaline, and less than 7 is acidic. Our skin tends to be in the 4 to 6.5 range, even when oily. The acid mantle is your skin’s natural defence against things that would hurt it, whereas, soap is very alkaline and strips away this protective layer.

Therefore this can cause unnecessary problems for you in the long run; from acne breakouts to skin irritation of some sort! We recommend you use a hydrating cleanser instead, even if you have oily skin, there is still no excuse to wash your face with soap. In the winter specifically, go for a gentler cleanser to combat the harsher air. 

2. Use your natural oils

Sebum is the natural oil found on your face, and it can work wonders for you, but it does have a bad reputation. It tends to clog pores and cause breakouts in some people with oily skin or combination skins; their sebum production increases more than others with dry skin complexions, who have less naturally occurring oils. 

Sebum is a waxy substance released through your pores from the hundreds of tiny oil glands at the base of your hair follicles and made up of squalene, fatty acids as well as other lipids. There are around 900 little packs in one square centimetre on the face! Your sebum can be affected by various factors, including stress, hormones, and temperature; in the summer months, you are more likely to produce more sebum, so winter is more important than ever to keep on top of your natural oils. 

Sebum can deliver moisture to your skin, which not only keeps your skin barrier supported but it can trap moisture within the skin too. And we know what moisture does – it keeps your skin soft and supple, which can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

As we said, too much sebum can lead to oily skin and clogged pores, so to keep it balanced, we recommend that you cleanse your face at night and then in the morning simply pop some moisturizer on. Together with your face’s natural oils, this will give your skin a nice boost. 

Skin Care Winter

3. Exfoliate, but not too much

Regularly exfoliating your skin can remove dead skin cells from the outer layers, increasing blood circulation, which allows for better absorption of moisturizers, and replenishing the skin to brighten and improve its appearance. 

Exfoliation is crucial in the winter months. Your skin cells dehydrate and die out faster as you are constantly going from the cold air outside to the dry indoor heating, so it’s essential to clean them off. Getting rid of the dead skin cells will give way to new healthier ones with minor hindrances than before. But, that’s not all; exfoliation will make your lotion more potent because now there isn’t any old dirt clogging up its pores, which stops potential hydration properties from kicking into gear. 

How often you should exfoliate depends on your skin type, but it is recommended on average to exfoliate 1-2 times per week; you can speak to a trained professional to help you determine your skin type. Over-exfoliation can make your skin lose the ability to retain moisture and lead to rough, dehydrated, patchy, and flaky skin. And don’t forget to always follow up with a moisturizer.

4. Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to forget water’s importance, especially in the colder months. Your body needs at least 2 L of H2O per day, but drinking enough for adequate hydration can be difficult when you’re busy or have other responsibilities that take up your time, like work! So try not to skip this vital step- drink more often throughout the day; set an alarm reminder if necessary.

A habit becomes routine if done consistently over long periods, which means all those healthy habits will start to become automatic without putting forth much effort on our behalf—making life easier. 

Winter Skin Care Tips

5. Use A Serum

Going into the darker days and not seeing the sun as much can make your skin feel dull, but you can instantly brighten up your skin tone evenly with a Vitamin C serum.

Vitamin C can help boost collagen production and is a vital substance that keeps the face looking young. However, as our face constantly changes over time, nothing is permanent, so we need to continually nourish and replenish the collagen and the hyaluronic acid in our skin to ensure it stays healthy and hydrated.

6. Your Nighttime Routine

Beat the winter blues with a thick night cream and an occasional face mask. Unfortunately, as winter does not have much humidity, your light summer moisturizers may dry up faster than usual during these cold months. 

Therefore, you can take extra steps at home to keep skin hydrated all year round, from twice daily moisture routines (not forgetting down the neckline). Plus, it doesn’t hurt to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night to allow for the skin to rejuvenate itself naturally.

Skin Care Routine For Winter

7. Don’t Forget the SPF

It may not seem obvious to continue to apply SPF in the winter as UVB rays are weaker and do not penetrate through the clouds as quickly as they would on a clear hot summer’s day. However, UVA radiation can be just as intense year-round. Additionally, UV levels increase dramatically with elevation therefore it’s vital to wear even more sun protection if you are going to be in mountainous areas, especially on those ski holidays!

8. Use An Internal Moisturizer

Sometimes, you need to turn to the pros. An internal moisturizer provides long-lasting hydration and can be an incredibly effective solution for people who suffer from dry skin in the summer and more so in the winter. Here at Human Medical Aesthetics, we offer Volite, a hyaluronic acid-based injectable treatment that helps attract and hold water in the skin, keeping it hydrated.

Volite enhances overall skin quality and texture on the face and neck by providing deep hydration and smoothness, improving the appearance of fine lines, and evening out skin depressions. Results can last up to nine months after treatment, and 90% of patients were satisfied with the appearance of their skin one month after treatment. 

With these winter skincare tips, you’ll be able to keep your skin hydrated and healthy all season long. If you want more help with maintaining a smooth complexion this winter or throughout the year, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our specialists at the clinic for a personalized treatment plan that’s just right for your needs.

We understand that it can be hard to find time for self-care during these busy months, but our suggestions will help give your skin some much-needed TLC. If you would like to discuss customized treatment plans for any problems you face, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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