Winter-time might be the season to be jolly; a time when short, cold days turn rapidly to long dark nights, filled with the crackling of log fires and steaming cups of cocoa or mulled wine but it’s also the season that can play the most havoc with our skin.
Moving between the cold outdoors and warm, dry indoor temperatures, often results in poor circulation and your skin feeling dry, itchy or irritated. Here are some handy tips to practice in between your Treatment Room appointments to combat the effects of winter and keep your skin in pristine condition:
- Alcohol-based cleansers and soap will strip your skin of its natural protection, so use gentle cleansing milks or mild, foaming cleansers. Founder’s Favourite, Charlie Locks Cleansing Lotion with Rose and Immortelle contains rose to boost luminosity and Immortelle to help to restore the skin’s balance.
- Once a week exfoliate, its another good way to prevent dryness and dull skin – either a cleanser or mask will help remove dead surface skin cells, allowing your moisturiser to hydrate the skin more readily. Don’t be tempted to cheat and use a body scrub on your face – the grains will be much coarser and you could end up doing more harm than good. Try the Charlie Locks Gentle Peeling Cream with Lemon and Mandarin as part of your home care routine which effectively removes dead skin cells without scratching the skin’s surface.
- Moisturise. When the weather gets really cold you might consider switching from a lotion to a moisturiser, which will better help to hydrate and soothe. The intensely rich Concentrated Moisture Cream with Neroli by Charlie Locks provides superb hydration without stickiness and provides an outstanding base for make-up.
- Wear sunscreen – a minimum of 15 SPF – 365 days a year, yes I’ll repeat that, 365 days of the year, no matter how warm or cold, whether the sun is shining or not but especially if you enjoy running or winter walks you should always wear an SPF (Sun Protection Factor).
- Avoid overly long and particularly hot showers and baths which will actually rob your skin of its natural oils, resulting in more dryness. Choose warm water instead and consider adding a few drops of essential oils to your bath (lavender or rose are particularly good). If you’re going to do this, be aware that essential oils added directly to hot water will evaporate quickly along with their therapeutic benefits. Dilute a few drops of your chosen essential oil in a tiny bit of carrier oil which you can get from the kitchen – vegetable oil, and even whole (not fat free or skimmed) milk; alternatively you can use a pre-blended essential oil (essential oil that has already been mixed with a carrier oil). Simply add to your bath water and stir. After bathing or showering, apply a body moisturiser as soon as you can. Treat yourself to the Charlie Locks Silky Body Lotion with Lime and Grapefruit, not only does it smell gorgeous and provide outstanding hydration but the lime has a firming effect on the skin.
- Because hands are subject to more cleansing agents than any other part of the body they struggle the most with dry skin, year round. Wear protective gloves when house-cleaning and get into the habit of moisturising your hands every time you wash them. In winter, wear gloves outside to prevent further drying and/or cracked hands.
- Don’t forget your lips! Lacking the oils and skin structure of the rest of the face, they are far more vulnerable to the effects of dry air. Be sure to use a moisturising lip gloss or lip balm, day and night, avoiding anything that contains irritating ingredients such as peppermint or menthol which only makes dry lips worse.
- And finally, consider using a humidifier to put some moisture back into the air, they’re relatively inexpensive, last a long time and work for the whole family.
I hope this has been of help. If you’ve any tips that you think we could benefit from, please feel free to share them.