A question I get asked at least 20 times at the change of season is “Do I need to change my skincare routine?” And the short answer is “Yes”. Clearly that’s not going to make a very interesting read!! So I will do my best to debunk all the skincare myths I can in this post about your Winter Skincare Routine.
- Winter is coming…..myth number one, is that we should always use a heavier and richer cream in the winter. Whilst this may be a good solution for very dry skin and will certainly offer some added protection, it is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. Things to take into account here are, temperature, humidity, UV and environment. TIP: press a fingertip to your cheek if it goes very white or yellow and takes time to bound back for sure go ahead and use an antioxidant-rich serum and a richer cream for day and night, if not perhaps just adding in the serum is enough.
- Some like it hot……don’t think for one minute that if the weather is cooler that you are not automatically increasing the heat of the water you use as well as turning up the temp on car/indoor heaters. This all affects your skin and may leave it looking dehydrated and kind of dull looking. I know it’s hard but try not to have showers and baths TOO hot, especially on your face where you are more likely to see burst blood vessels causing redness. It may also make skin more sensitive. Keep it cool and if you are inside with heating on you can keep a bowl of water on the floor to keep the air from drying out. TIP add a couple of drops of essential oil to the water to keep a fresh scent in the air too!
- Oils give you oily skin….this couldn’t be further from the truth actually! Your skin needs oil, specifically essential fats contained in the oil, as they are the ‘building blocks’ of the skin. Without them skin will lose elasticity and either become dry OR even over produce oil in the panic that occurs when your skin thinks it won’t be getting any oil. Just pick the right one for you so that your skin can digest it properly. Look at the colour of the oil. generally darker will suggest that it is richer and will take longer to absorb whereas lighter can be closer to skin’s own sebum and therefore balancing for oily skin. TIP If you are oily try Jojoba as it is closest to skin’s own oil, and stick to Rosehip or Argan for dry or mature skin.
I hope this gives you a bit of guidance for your winter skincare routine. Check out a more in depth interview I did on behalf of Rosehip Plus on Beauty Heaven here https://www.beautyheaven.com.au/skin-care/moisturisers/winter-skin-problems-solved
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