There’s a chill in the air, the days are getting shorter, and it’s taking a little longer to get out of bed in the morning. That can only mean one thing: winter is coming. And your skin is probably feeling dry and dehydrated and in need of a little more moisture.
While it might be nice to have an excuse to pull out your beautiful winter coats and spend weekends relaxing under a warm blanket, the cold weather can hit your skin hard. For me, this is especially true. The skin on my face gets flaky, my hands crack, my lips peel and my legs get so dry that they look like they’re covered in white powder. Well not this year. This time I’m going to add some more hydrating elements into my skincare routine to fight off winter dryness!
You don’t need to switch up your entire regimen, but adding one or two of these products might make a huge difference to the quality of your skin.
Good skin starts from the inside. You should still be drinking your 6-8 glasses of water a day, even though the weather is cooler! Keep a bottle of water by your desk or in your bag and refill it throughout the day. If you need something hot to warm up after a cold day, choose a caffeine-free herbal tea.
Instead of using a harsh cleanser, switch to a formulation that will hydrate and nourish your skin. You need something that is adding moisture to your face, not stripping it away.
Uriage Crème Lavante Cleansing Cream is soap-free, paraben-free and hypoallergenic plus is gentle enough to be used by the whole family. It’s 10% Uriage thermal water formulation prevents skin from drying out. You can purchase it in the bellabox store here.
Jurlique Age Defying Ultra Rich Cleanser works to alleviate dry, sensitive and dehydrated skin thanks to moisturising ingredients like Marshmallow Extract, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. This cleanser is available wherever Jurlique is stocked, including Myer and stand-alone stores.
Put your light summer lotion away in a cupboard, because you’re not going to need it for a few months. You need something extra to protect you against that cold winter wind. Celebrity favourite Weleda Skin Food contains natural ingredients like calendula, pansy and rosemary that soothe and replenish skin. It can also be used on your body wherever you have dry skin. With fans like Victoria Beckham and Rihanna, how can you go wrong? It is available in the bellabox store here.
If you’re looking for an overnight moisturiser, Be In Awe Shaanta Night Balm could be perfect. It is an ultra moisturising cream that contains potent antioxidants to treat skin at the cellular level, increasing its own ability to create hydration. Shop for it in the bellabox store here.
Should you exfoliate in winter? Aren’t we trying to keep all the moisture in our skin, rather than scrubbing it away? We still want to keep our skin in top condition, so exfoliation is important to polish away those dead skin cells. Try Intraceuticals Enzyme Exfoliant once or twice a week to keep your skin radiant and healthy.
Take things to the next level by adding a serum into your routine.Boots Laboratories Optiva Aqua Capture Serum is a favourite here at bellabox, and is clinically proven to enhance the performance of skin’s moisture barrier in just two weeks. It's perfect for adding to your morning skincare routine. Alpha-H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum is a great overnight serum, particularly if aging is one of your skin concerns. This will help lock in moisture and restore your dry, dehydrated skin. For more information check out our guide to serums.
Chapped lips are on ongoing problem throughout winter. Whether they’re dry, peeling, sore or cracked, you’ll find yourself reaching for the lip balm more than ever. Stick to a classic like Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin and moisturise your lips with coconut oils, sunflower oil, vitamins and beeswax. Available in the bellabox store here.
Your hands will be one of the first areas to show signs of dryness in winter. But if you start moisturising right now you can avoid this ever happening! Try a non-greasy formula that can be used all over your body like Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion. It contains milk, honey, Vitamin E, coconut oil and grapeseed oil, and will keep you moisturised for 24 hours. You can get it in the bellabox store here.
Illuminate Your Skin
If our skin can’t be hydrated and glowing naturally, we can always fake it with make up! An illuminising product can help you capture that glow that might be missing from your face. Inika Mineral Illuminsor is a mineral powder that can be dusted over your skin for an instant glow. If liquid is more your thing, try MeMeMe Beat The Blues Illuminator. Blend along your cheekbones for some instant shimmer.
What will you be doing to keep your skin hydrated this winter? Let me know in the comments - Julia