Last Updated on December 21, 2022 by Melissa S.
Winter can be an exciting time of the year, as it gives you several opportunities to make memories with family. However, in the excitement, you also need to remember to take good care of your skin, as the cold months can take a heavy toll on it. The dry air and heat indoors can drain your skin’s moisture, leaving it dehydrated, flaky, and itchy. Over time, the dryness you are experiencing can develop into skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. That is why maintaining healthy and hydrated skin during this season is essential.
A winter beauty routine plays a significant role in keeping your skin hydrated, and the good news is you don’t need to spend much money on products to have a solid routine. If you have been looking for beauty tips for your skin this winter, here are five budget-friendly tips to help you.
- Don’t forget to moisturise
Moisturising all year round is highly recommended for all skin types. Moisture keeps your skin plump and reduces issues like redness and acne. In the winter season, the oil glands that keep the skin nourished begin to produce less oil, so a daily moisturiser will help you combat dryness. If you have dry skin, opt for heavier creams when choosing a moisturiser. For oily skin, a water-based gel will be the best choice. Consider applying your moisturiser on damp skin to achieve the best results. When moisturising, don’t forget your lips, as they are also prone to dryness during winter. Avoid licking them; use a moisturising lip gloss or balm to treat badly chapped lips.
- Use sunscreen
It is common to find most people cutting back on sunscreen in the colder months. The sun doesn’t feel too hot and usually hides behind the clouds. However, as long as the UV rays still fall on your skin, sunscreen is important to decrease the risk of skin cancer and wrinkles. Ensure that you apply it day and night because the dry and cold winds can cause the sunscreen to wear away. Most sunscreens contain ingredients that nourish and moisturise the skin. Apply a layer in the morning before you wear your heavy coats and gloves. Apply it again when you get a chance, especially on your forehead, nose, and hands. Ensure you choose a moisturising sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and a broad spectrum. A water-resistant sunscreen will also be ideal for all your winter fun activities.
- Cleanse gently
Cleansers are the first and foremost step in your skincare routine. While the humidity levels drop, your skin begins to lose its moisture. Switching to a gentle and moisturising cleanser will help clean dead skin cells and dirt without leaving the skin parched. If you use an alcohol-based cleanser, opt for a cream or balm cleanser during winter to balance your skin’s pH. Try to avoid hot water when doing this. Wet your face with lukewarm water and apply your cleanser. Massage it into your face and rinse before patting it dry with a clean cloth. Ensure you moisturise your skin afterwards.
- Avoid hot showers
It can be tempting to run a hot shower after spending your day in the chilly weather. However, hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and leave it dry. If you have sensitive skin, you could develop a rash or acne. Lukewarm water, on the other hand, will soothe your muscles and keep your body oils balanced. Also, try to avoid spending too much time in the shower. Long showers can cause your skin to dry or flare up if you have eczema or psoriasis. Consider keeping your bath time up to ten minutes and immediately moisturise after you get out of the shower.
- Shop for face oils
Winter will be the perfect time to bring out all your favourite oils and pamper your skin. Facial oils can deeply rejuvenate the dry parts of your skin and provide nutrients that will keep your skin healthy. You can apply the oil directly on your face as part of your winter skincare regimen or add a few drops to your moisturiser. Your facial oil will comfort any skin conditions and balance sebum production. If you’re considering adding oils to your winter routine, choose lighter ones to avoid clogging your pores if you have acne-prone skin. Medium to thick oils will help lock in moisture for dry skin. Make sure you apply your facial oil after your moisturiser for the best results.
Maintaining healthy skin during winter is easy when you have the right tips. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and avoid alcohol while you apply these tips.