Updated: May 15, 2020
This never ending ongoing winter weather can play absolute havoc with your skin.
Maintaining or achieving smooth hydrated skin through January & February is especially important if you are a spring bride as I’m sure you don’t want to have to worry about sore, dry and flaky skin on your wedding day.
In the colder months the wind can chap the skin and central heating can dry it out. It may be worth changing your facial moisturiser to a thicker more moisturising cream that focuses on hydrating the skin.
Some key Ingredients to look out for in skin care products for increased hydration are hyaluronic acid, silicones, sodium PCA, glycerin, glycerol, vitamin E, ceramides, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids.
It is important to remember that even if you lean more towards having oily skin it still requires hydrating and moisturising. If you avoid oils and creams this can result in you stripping your skin of essential moisture so the skin produces additional oil to balance it out so you could end more oily.
Other parts of the skin can also feel the affects of the harsh wind such as lips, hands and the rest of your body. If you are using a body gel or body lotion you may want to swap for a body butter or something a bit richer with ingredients such as Cocoa butter, Shea butter, Urea, Olive Oil & Aloe to see you through and avoid itchy, dry skin.
If you are experiencing chapped hands then I wholly recommend O’Keefes working hands cream. It’s not a spa product and has no frills and no scent but it has saved my hands on many occasion and knocks every other hand cream out of the water in my opinion.
If your lips are flaky try using a lip scrub or make one with sugar. Massage into the lips to gently remove flakes before adding a good dose of your favourite your lip balm.
Adding a face mask weekly is another way to help keep your skin hydrated, if you are not a fan of sheet masks and don’t have time to sit around for 19 minutes whist a traditional face mask does it’s thing and then have to remove with a flannel at the sink, you could look at overnight masks. You pop these on after your nightly moisturiser and they don’t require rinsing or removal. Simple, effective and they add increased hydration to your skin whilst you sleep. What’s not to love.
Finally just because you can’t see or feel the sun it doesn't mean you can skip SPF. Sun exposure continually attacks your skin. Apart from causing visible skin damage it also reduces the skins ability to keep moisture in and replenish the essential defences dry skin needs to not be dry.
All the moisturisers and all the hydration in all the world can’t reverse the damage that unprotected sun exposure causes skin, even on a cloudy day. WEAR SPF!! Make sure your SPF label says "broad spectrum" and be generous with the application. Don’t just rely on the SPF content of your moisturiser or makeup. It is not enough.
Skin care can be a minefield of conflicting information which is why, as a qualified beauty therapist I provide a complimentary skin care consultation for my bridal clients to ensure their skin is radiant and in tip top condition top to toe for the big day.
Do you have any skin care heroes that you pull out when the weather turns? Or had you never thought of changing up your skin care routine with the seasons?
Lots Of Love
PS: As always please excuse my spelling and grammar, I'm a makeup artist not an author- I specialise in colour and blending and clearly not commas and brevity.