5 ways to care for your skin during winter
Written 22nd January 2020
As the colder months settle in, many of us look forward to cosying up with a steaming hot chocolate next to a log fire. However, it’s no secret that the winter season comes with cold, dry air, which can take a toll on our skin.
As the air becomes drier, it can become harder to keep our skin looking supple and healthy. Dry conditions can reduce our skin’s dewy appearance. Luckily, there are changes we can make at this time of year that will work to improve the condition of our body’s largest organ.
Avoid overexposing your skin to hot water
One of the most effective changes you can make in the winter season is the time and temperature of your showers/baths. Hot water can strip our natural oils, which are essential for preventing the onset of dry skin. At this time of year, try washing in lukewarm water. Keep your showers and baths short, too; aim for 10-15 minutes to avoid cracking the skin and lock-in moisture.
Don’t forget to hydrate your skin
Our skin’s exterior is, more often than not, a reflection of what we put into our bodies. By remembering to stay hydrated, we’re less likely to suffer from dry skin-related conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. Our chances of suffering from skin irritation also becomes significantly lower, and staying hydrated has the added benefit of slowing down the ageing process.
If remembering to drink water is a challenge for you, try investing in a reusable bottle and take it wherever you go. Take small sips throughout the day, and remember to refill as needed.
Optimise your surroundings
In terms of skin condition, our surroundings can take some responsibility. Even the air inside buildings can be damaging; many of us use heaters to keep warm, but the air expelled from these is usually harsh and dry. To combat this, try using a humidifier – this will release moisture back into the air. It’s also a good idea to try and surround yourself with as much nature as possible – such as exposure to fresh air, house plants and essential oils. You can also try placing water containers on top of your radiators for more humidity.
Adapt your diet
Most of us are guilty of indulging in high-sugar treats during the winter months. However, the condition of our skin can be largely affected by the foods we eat, and the presence of certain nutrients within the body. At this time of year, try eating foods rich in healthy fats – such as avocados and nuts. Coconut oil is a highly versatile product, too, and is commonly used both within cooking and on the skin.
Use protective, gentle skincare products
Skincare products are a holy grail for many when it comes to warding off dry skin, and slowing down the aging process. There are, however, different products that work better for varying purposes and times of year. In the winter months, we’d recommend avoiding products with harsh ingredients (such as fragrances), and instead using oil-based products that penetrate deep into the skin. Gentle ingredients can also help to soothe and prevent skin irritation.
A spa experience, in particular, offers hydrotherapy and aromatherapy experiences that really work to intensely hydrate the skin. It’s worth treating yourself in the winter months, in particular, to give your skin the boost it needs.
At Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa Stratford upon Avon, we love using Decleor products; made with natural ingredients and infused with essential oils, they’re highly nourishing to the skin. Please feel free to ask one of our therapists for more details during your visit.