As the wintery Covid months approach with plummeting temperatures and Baltic breezes, your skin, more often than not, tends to freak out. Tightness, dryness, flakiness and dullness are only a few of the skin struggles we face during this time of the year (well, I certainly do anyway). But what can we do to help our skin during this period? Today, I will be outlining some techniques which typically help me during these months, and I hope will help you through the months ahead also.
First things first, hydration is key. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to drink water. Of course, consuming water is important as our skin is made from 64% water. However, topical hydration is significantly more important. This can be hydration through serums, cleansers, masks or moisturizers. I am personally prone to dry, flaky skin on my chin and around my nose during the winter. After months of trawling through the shelves in Boots, I finally found a high street skincare brand that works in delivering consistent hydration and it’s called CeraVe.
CeraVe is a skincare brand developed by dermatologists. Their formulations contain ceramides and lipids which are integral in the repairing and strengthening of the skin’s barrier which typically weaken during these colder months- making it the perfect brand for those with clinically dry or sensitive skin types as well as being entirely suitable for all other skin types too.
My personal favourite from the range is the Moisturising Lotion which is a good solid head-to-toe moisturiser. It is fragrance-free, non-greasy and absorbs into the skin instantly making it a great base for makeup to sit upon.
My second favourite is the Foaming Cleanser which is a gentle foaming cleanser targeted towards normal to oily skins. It is a great second cleanse for your night-time routine as it ensures all makeup and impurities are removed as well as restoring hydration and leaving your skin feeling soft and supple as opposed to stripped and dried out.
That being said, there are some things we can do internally to aid our skin during this time. I have recently ventured into taking supplements and it has been perhaps one of the best decisions I’ve made in terms of the improvements I’ve seen in my all-around health and wellbeing, alongside my skin health too. One supplement which has made a significant difference has been collagen. During our twenties, our natural levels of collagen production decrease so taking a supplement is important in maintaining collagen levels. Collagen is widely associated with our skin. However, unbeknown to most, collagen is the glue which holds our bodies together. It makes up our bones, muscles, cartilage and is even responsible for the inner working of our digestive systems.
So, with this in mind, I leave you with a parting question, how do you take care of your skin during the winter?