Whether you love or hate the winter months, there is no denying that they can wreak havoc on your skin. This is why your winter skincare routine will differ slightly from your summer skincare. The cold weather, high winds, rain and snow, can all dry out your skin, and cause nasty breakouts. No one wants a large spot on their forehead when they attend a Christmas party or dinner with the relatives, so to avoid this, follow the simple steps below.
Sanitize Your Phone
You would be surprised at just how many bacteria are living on your phone. According to this article, there are actually ten times more on the average phone screen than there are on the average toilet seat. This may seem like a lot, but you have to remember just how many times you check your phone each day, and most of these won’t have been after cleaning your hands. Therefore, to help keep your skin clear, be sure to clean your phone regularly.
Watch What You Eat
There are a number of foods and drinks that have been shown to cause or increase the risk of breakouts and flare-ups; Anything containing large amounts of sugar, like junk food, and cow’s milk are particularly bad for you, as are fast foods. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can’t eat these things at all, or you’ll get spots, it just means that you have to eat them in moderation.
Avoid Hot Showers
Hot showers, and washing your face with hot water at any time, strip away the skin’s protective oils and moisture. This leaves your skin dry and exposed to bacteria. As nice as a hot shower may be on a cold winter’s morning, it’s better to keep the water warm, rather than hot, and to keep your showers for ten to fifteen minutes.
After you’ve had a shower, put an ice cube in a flannel or paper towel, and rub it on your face when it starts to melt. This will reduce the puffiness of your face, tightens your pores, and locks moisture into your skin. This helps to prevent dry skin and spots.
Wash Your Face
It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of people that skip washing their face either in the morning or before they go to bed. Your face comes into contact with a lot throughout the day and night, including bacteria, oils, dirt, and makeup. Washing your face removes any of these nasties that could be clogging up your pores and causing spots.
As well as washing your face, you should also exfoliate. This will remove any dead skin cells and dry skin from your face, leaving it looking fresh and glowing, even in the winter. However, you should avoid over exfoliating, as this, once again, will remove all of the good oils from your face, leaving it defenceless against dirt and bacteria. For normal skin, you should exfoliate around three or four times a week, but if your skin is sensitive, then no more than once or twice.
When you take a shower, wash your face, or exfoliate, you are going to remove moisture from your skin, which is dangerous in the winter when the weather is already removing a lot of moisture as soon as you step outside. You have to make sure that you moisturize your skin to add this moisture back and give your skin a new lease of life. It’s especially important to do this right after a shower or washing your face, to lock the moisture already on your face into your skin.
The number of times that I’ve mentioned moisture, it was pretty clear that I was going to talk about drinking water at some point. Drinking the recommended amount of water every day isn’t just great for your skin, it’s important for your overall health. Water helps to remove toxins from your body, which, not only can make you feel unwell, but they can also cause you to break out. Like with your moisturizer, drinking water will also hydrate your skin, and keep it glowing.
It’s a well-known fact that stress can increase acne and your likelihood of growing a spot, but it’s still not know how exactly it does this, although most scientists suspect hormones. If you’re going through a stressful time, especially during the festive period, the last thing that you want is a spot to make it worse. Luckily, there are a lot of methods that you could try to reduce stress. However, if you do find that you’re struggling with stress, it is always best to talk to someone, whether this is a friend, a family member, or a doctor.
It may be a surprise, but “beauty sleep” is an actual thing, and the amount that you sleep can and will affect your skin, especially in the winter. You may have noticed that, when someone has had a bad night’s sleep, their skin seems dull and puffy -There is a reason for this. The dullness is because, when you’re asleep, your body boosts blood flow to your skin, so if you have less sleep, you end up looking less than alive. The puffiness is to do with your body regulating water levels while you sleep. This means that you have no excuse for not utilizing the extra hours of darkness and getting some extra shuteye.
Visit A Professional
If you’re still struggling with your skin, then it might be in your best interests to visit your local doctor, or a pharmacy, like Rosemount Pharmacy. They will be able to better understand if your skin problems are really a problem, and may even be able to give you medication that could help you out. You might find it embarrassing, but there is nothing embarrassing about getting help when you need it.
Winter isn’t a great time of year for your skin, so it’s important that you take good care of it during those months. These tips should be able to help you out and make sure that your skin stays healthy and glowing no matter the season.
Love, Hope x