As winter blankets the world in a layer of frost, our skin faces a new set of challenges. The cold, dry air can wreak havoc on even the healthiest skin, and for those with sensitive skin, the season can be particularly harsh. In this blog post, we’ll explore five essential tips to help you navigate the winter months while keeping your sensitive skin happy and healthy.
Hydration is Key
One of the primary challenges during winter is the drop in humidity, which can lead to dry and dehydrated skin. For individuals with sensitive skin, this can exacerbate existing issues and cause discomfort. Combat this by staying well-hydrated from the inside out. Increase your water intake and incorporate hydrating foods into your diet, such as fruits and vegetables with high water content and opt for a rich moisturiser such as Dermalogica UltraCalming Calm Water-Gel. Additionally, invest in a good humidifier for your home to add moisture to the indoor air, preventing your skin from drying out, like the Faceworks Hydra Nano Ionic Steamer.
Gentle Cleansing Rituals
During winter, it’s crucial to adjust your cleansing routine to cater to the specific needs of sensitive skin. Harsh cleansers can strip away the skin’s natural oils, leaving it more susceptible to dryness and irritation. Opt for a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that is specially formulated for sensitive skin. Consider switching to a creamy or oil-based cleanser, which can provide additional hydration (we love Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash!). Limit the use of hot water and pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel to avoid further irritation. Follow up with REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Redness Relief Serum and for an extra-cooling sensation, store your bottle in the fridge.
Lock in Moisture with the Right Moisturiser
A rich and emollient moisturiser is your best friend in the winter months, and layering it with a serum like Decleor Organic Harmonie Calm Aromessence Rose Serum can give you double the benefits. Look for a product that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, which help lock in moisture and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. Apply your moisturiser immediately after cleansing while your skin is still slightly damp to maximise absorption. Don’t forget about areas prone to dryness, such as elbows and knees. Consider using a thicker, occlusive moisturiser, such as Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich, at night to provide an extra layer of protection while you sleep.
Sunscreen Isn’t Just for Summer
Many people associate sunscreen with summertime, but it’s a crucial year-round step in sensitive skin care. Winter sun, combined with the reflective properties of snow, can still cause damage to your skin. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, such as Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30, and apply it to all exposed areas, even on cloudy days. Ensure your chosen sunscreen is suitable for sensitive skin, opting for fragrance-free and hypoallergenic options. Reapply throughout the day, especially if you spend an extended period outdoors.
Layer Up Wisely
Winter attire may protect you from the cold, but certain fabrics can be abrasive to sensitive skin. Opt for soft, breathable fabrics like cotton to minimise irritation. Dress in layers, allowing you to adjust your clothing to maintain a comfortable temperature without overheating. When washing your winter clothes, use a mild, fragrance-free detergent to avoid skin irritation. Additionally, don’t forget to protect your hands with gloves and your face with a scarf, creating a barrier against the harsh winter winds.