Protect your skin against the harsh winter months with Temple Spa's top 10 tips for soft moisturised skin.
Winter is harsher on our skin, with cold weather and low humidity levels resulting in dry air, removing moisture from the skin. Without proper skin care, dry skin may lead to cracking and bleeding and irritation, whilst indoor heat further removes moisture in the air, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.
Adding additional moisture helps, but also you need to try and counteract these effects to reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin healthier and more comfortable this season, try these tips.
Wash in Lukewarm Water
Hot showers and baths, we know are a luxury in the winter, but Temple Spa recommends using lukewarm especially when washing your face. This will avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.
Temple Spa recommends applying moisture to damp skin, as this helps seal that dampness into the skin and avoiding dryness. Keep a bottle of your favorite Temple Spa moisturiser in your bathroom. We love Temple Spa Double Cream!
Protect your skin from the cold, wind, and rain by wearing gloves and scarves this winter, whilst ensuring you’re wearing an SPF to protect your skin from winter UV rays. The Winter sun can be just as damaging as the summer sun, we love Temple Spa Life Defence which is SPF 30!
Whilst we all use heating during the winter it does dry out the air, so consider investing in a humidifier in your home, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
We tend to drink less water in the winter and turn to hot drinks, but your skin still needs hydration from the inside, out. We love to switch our teas and coffees to warm water with lemon in the winter for a comforting and hydrating boost.
Replenishing Moisture Overnight
Typical dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thinner skin than the rest of our body and tend to lose moisture faster. Consider generously applying a deep moisturising balm such as Temple Spa’s Sole Balm at night, place a pair of cotton socks to seal in the moisture, and remove in the morning for luscious smooth feet.
Exfoliating is often overlooked but is greatly important in the winter to help remove dead skin cells – specifically on our hands, facing the brunt of the harsh weather. Without exfoliating and removing dead skin cells, moisturisers can’t penetrate the skin. Temple Spa recommends finding an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow up with a moisturiser to smooth and plump up your skin.
If you suffer from eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you need to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare-up leaving your skin miserable. Your skin in the cold weather, so it is also advised to avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and swapping chemical-laden detergents for mild cleansers and moisturisers specifically for sensitive skin.
Switching Up Your Cleanser
Some cleaners have harsh chemicals and can be extremely drying to the skin if you don’t choose the correct one for the colder season. If your current cleanser contains glycolic or salicylic acid, try swapping them for a more hydrating version that contains moisturising ingredients. We love Temple Spa’s InThe Beginning that is perfect to nourish your skin, whilst also cleansing and gently exfoliating, leaving your skin clean with a luscious dewy finish.
Use Hydrating Masks
We love Temple Spa’s Quench hydrating mask to replenish and brighten your skin for a visible quick boost. Packed full of Echinacea which is rich in tannins. These tightening molecules can shrink pores and leave the skin firmer and blurring fine lines.