For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight feeling with skin becoming so dry it results in flaking, cracking, or even worse, eczema.
These 8 tips from Mel Driver, beauty expert and founder of natural skincare range Embalm Skincare, can help stop excessive dryness and keep skin smooth, soft and supple this winter:
- Choose Your Cleanser Carefully – Cleansers can have a tendency to dry out the skin by stripping it of natural oils and this can be a problem in winter when the colder air also strips moisture from the skin. If you’re using a cleanser that contains glycolic or salicylic acid, swap it with a more hydrating version with natural and moisturising ingredients such as Embalm Skincare’s Uplifting Cleanser. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it and lead to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturiser while skin is still damp to seal in moisture.
- Use Homemade Masks to Give Skin a Hydrating Boost – Homemade hydrating masks can provide much needed moisture in the winter months and are so easy to make with ingredients you most likely have in the kitchen. Use a combination of natural moisturising ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive oil, bananas, and aloe vera. To make a simple mask for long lasting hydration mash half an avocado and smooth out any lumps. Mix in a teaspoon of plain Greek yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey to create a paste. Leave on skin for 10-20 minutes then wash off. Skin will feel soft and supple.
- Go Easy on Hand Sanitisers – With winter comes the cold and flu season so many people are prone to use hand sanitiser to keep germs at bay. But using hand sanitiser is not actually healthy for your skin and can do you more harm than good, especially if you use it excessively. As well as drying out the skin it kills off the good bacteria on your hands, allows anti-biotic resistant bad bacteria to grow and increases the skin’s absorption of dangerous chemicals. Try to wash your hands with warm water and a gentle soap such as Embalm Skincare’s Hydrating Hand & Body Wash which contains moisturising ingredients of Shea Butter, honey and Vitamin E. Also, don’t forget to use a hand cream after washing to lock moisture in the skin!
- Exfoliate – Skin can tend to be a whole lot drier in winter causing a build-up of dead skin cells which result in the complexion looking a little dull. Regular exfoliation will combat this by sloughing off dead skin cells and bring a healthy glow to the skin. Exfoliating also helps your skin better absorb moisturiser and serums, which is especially important during the colder months when you need all that hydration. And, the same applies for the rest of the body – don’t forget to regularly exfoliate with a scrub or body brush. Not only is this good for circulation but it will help your body moisturiser penetrate better and leave skin soft.
- Pay Lip Service – As well as experiencing dry skin during the colder months, chapped lips are an inevitable part of winter living. Lip balm is a winter essential but a simple lip exfoliation can help get rid of dry, flaky skin so lips can look and feel their best. It also allows the lip balm to better penetrate and do its thing for the most kissable lips! Mix sugar with jojoba, coconut, or safflower oil, and rub gently over lips once a day. Add a little honey for healing and moisturising properties. Follow up with Embalm Skincare’s Soothing Lip Balm to deeply nourish, soothe and protect your lips from the elements.
- Hydrate From the Inside Out – Moisturiser is important but don’t forget to drink lots of water and hydrate the skin from the inside out. If you find it hard to drink a lot of water when it’s cold out then try herbal teas, but try not to over-do it on the tea and coffee as caffeine will dehydrate the skin. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables that have high water content like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, kiwis and citrus fruits. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.
- Use A Humidifier – Cold, winter air pulls moisture from your skin contributing to dryness. A humidifier puts moisture back into the air by emitting a water vapour and increasing the level of humidity. As well as helping to maintain more radiant skin a humidifier can help reduce the frequency and severity of colds and flu as viruses and bacteria can’t travel as well in moist air. And if you do end up with a cold, flu or sinus infection, a humidifier will keep your nasal passages and throat moist to help you heal faster and reduce coughing and sneezing. It can also help with snoring as we tend to snore more if our sinuses and throats are dry. But do make sure you clean your humidifier regularly or it will build up bacteria and mould!
- Wear Gloves – Our hands suffer the most during the winter—usually because we’re washing them more often to avoid cold and flu germs. The skin on your hands is thinner than other parts of the body because they have fewer oil glands and that means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. Wearing gloves can protect your hands from the harsh weather as our hands are often left exposed when the rest of our body is rugged up against the chill. Another thing you can do it keep a moisturiser in your handbag to apply regularly throughout the day. Also keep one by the sink to apply after washing your hands, and at your desk at work. For an extra hydrating boost, slather on a deep moisturising balm or hand cream at night, then wear cotton gloves to seal in the moisture while you sleep.
About Mel Driver & Embalm Skincare
Embalm Skincare is an Australian, multi-award winning, natural and cruelty-free skincare company, based in Tasmania, with a nourishing and elegant product range. 100% natural and with no hidden nasties or ﬁllers, each product has been carefully crafted to infuse skin with the power and beneﬁts of Mother Nature’s most wonderful ingredients.
Embalm Skincare was born from Mel Driver’s whole-hearted belief in the power of nature and driven by her desire and passion to create a naturally gentle, hand-crafted alternative to mainstream products.
Mel is passionate about empowering women to make conscious choices when it comes to looking after their skin, so they can avoid being exposed to health risks associated with many leading cosmetic brands. Her purpose is to raise awareness about toxins in beauty products so every Australian woman is aware of hidden nasties in skincare and cosmetic products and can make an educated decision regarding personal care purchases.