So it is January again! The novelty of Christmas and the snow has worn off, and we are left with a rainy blustery Britain. Whilst a lucky few are off topping up on some vitamin D in the Caribbean, the rest of us are left with the gloomy prospect that we will only see sun again in 6 months time, cue tissues! For the sorry masses that are left to struggle with the harsh winter, an age old problem strikes….. dry, grey, winter skin! The source of the problem is the constant flitting between temperatures. One minute you’re outside in what feels like, let’s be honest, sub zero degrees that I am quite certain Ranulph Fiennes can’t handle, to almost Sahara like temperatures once you set foot on the tube or in the office.
When winter comes around our skin pays the price. Sadly the root of the problem is one that will always remain, well for as long as we are living in the UK, so what can we do to help combat against the effects of winter?
The harsh cold combined with dry heat leads to your skin becoming dehydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help keep the balance right from the inside, promoting your skins natural radiance. If we don’t drink enough water our skin can sometimes look sallow and the bags under our eyes can appear darker. Although it seems mighty appealing, jumping into a deliciously red hot bath with gallons of ‘Radox’ might not be the best thing. According to top dermatologists, in harsh weather conditions, it is best to wash our faces with warm water so our skins’ natural oils and defences are left in tact. Keeping things simple is important too, living in the city can expose us to harsh chemicals and pollutants so wipe the day’s grime away with natural skin care products which can help restore the skins natural balance during the winter months. Use a gentle soap that wont dry out your skin and it could help minimise those tell tell signs of fatigued winter complexions. To give your skin the suppleness and bounce that it craves during winter, try using a delicate moisturiser. It helps replenish the oils that are lost as a result of that love/hate relationship with central heating. Something like our skin serum might just do the trick and give your skin the ‘zing’ it needs.
With forecasts set to be to be typically British, you might just want to stock up on those creature comforts and a lot of moisturiser.