keep skin happy

I’ve always battled with my skin, but bigger problems always arise when the cold weather comes. If you live in the UK like me, we have had somewhat of a cold spell of weather recently. My skin has not taken kindly to this… I’m getting breakouts, flakiness and it just feels generally rubbish. There are certain measures I take when the weather gets colder to try and keep my face as happy as possible, so I am going to share these with you!

Drink water

I know this is the most practised and preached method for skincare, but it’s for a good reason. In the winter when the outside temperature drops, your skin’s water evaporates quicker, producing the tight and flaky feeling a lot of us experience in winter. Increasing your water intake can help to keep your skin happier and less dry.

Switch up your skincare routine

In the winter, I always switch to a heavier moisturiser, even though I have oily skin. I find my normal skin routine is not as effective during winter months, so I also try to exfoliate twice a week instead of my usual once a week. However, make sure the scrub isn’t too harsh, as this can aggravate already dry skin. It also may help to use a hydrating face mask weekly to keep your face’s moisture levels up.

Minimise your makeup

This is more of a personal/optional suggestion, but I always find my skin looks 100 times worse in the winter when I where foundation. I notice a difference when I keep my makeup minimal, especially face products. Also, make sure you are using a moisturising primer and concealer/foundation for optimal plump and healthy skin!

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Take a shorter shower

This is one that I really should start adhering to (I love a long, hot shower when the weather is cold). But showering for a long time can strip your skin of its natural oils, making it drier. I try to stick to an under 10 minute shower, (most of the time I fail at this) but I’m working on it!

Avoid long showers

This can suck all the moisture out your skin, which isn’t good especially when the weather is cold! I try to keep mine under 10 minutes, although this is usually not very successful!

Reduce false heat

Radiators and heaters are not a friend to your poor dry face, they dehydrate and dry out your skin! Try to put on a few more layers before turning up the heating controls on to max.

So there are my top tips for looking after yourself in this cold weather! Have a great week x

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