We may not be ready for it, but the South African winter is here, bringing with it cold weather, dry air and even drier skin.
“Add to this the dry heat from indoor heaters and it’s a recipe for less than happy skin leading to dryness and itchiness, especially if you’re prone to eczema or other dry skin conditions. Plus, the skin’s metabolism naturally slows at this time of year equating to slower cell renewal, that leads to duller skin,” explains Clere skincare brand manager Su-Marie Annandale.
Winter skincare tips
Therefore, it’s the perfect time to reassess your go-to skincare routine. It’s always a good idea to approach skin care seasonally, just like you do your wardrobe. As the seasons change, so should your skin care. “It’s minor tweaks that can make a major difference.”
Annandale shares some of these below:
Resist the urge to take hot showers
There’s nothing more comforting than starting (or ending) your day with a long, hot shower. However, while it may feel good in the moment, those long and super-hot showers aren’t doing your skin any favours.
The scalding water is harsh on your skin and the water is not adding any moisture to your skin, but rather, repelling necessary natural oils. Try this: give your skin a break and limit your hot-shower time, using gentle moisture-rich cleansing products. Remember to pat-dry with your towel afterwards as harsh towel rubbing can irritate your skin.
Swap your lotion out for a thicker moisturising crème
When the air is dry during the cooler months, you may notice that your skin feels drier, too. Say goodbye to your lightweight moisturiser you’ve been slathering on all summer. It’s time to bulk up with a heftier moisturiser.
Clere’s Vanilla Honey Cream and Berries & Cream body crèmes, enriched with tissue oil and pure glycerine, help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and moisturise dry and dehydrated skin. Remember to apply it morning and night.
According to The American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to apply a hydrating moisturising cream is immediately after washing, when your skin can lock in the most moisture.
Invest in a humidifier
Central heating is sadly a necessity in autumn and winter. While it keeps us toasty and warm, it can wreak havoc on skin barrier function. A humidifier is a great way of adding moisture to the air.
Drink plenty of water so your skin remains constantly hydrated.
Keep up with the SPF
We often think that when the temperatures drop, the sun isn’t as harmful, but this isn’t correct. While UVB rays (the ones responsible for suntans and sunburns) are not as strong, UVA rays (the ones responsible for skin cancer and premature skin ageing) are just as strong as they are in the summer months.
Sun protection is a year-round job, so be sure to apply it to your face, neck, and any exposed areas every single day, rain or shine.