The arrival of winter can mean good things for your wardrobe, but bad things for your skin. Here’s every problem you may face and how to fix it…
Ah, winter. Even though we secretly crave its arrival (chunky jumpers, nights by the fire, mulled wine? Yes, yes, and yes please), it isn’t the kindest to our skin.
If summer is characterised by sweaty breakouts and make-up meltdowns, you might think winter is going to be plain sailing when it comes to your complexion, with nothing but healthy skin all the way.
In reality, even if you’re an oily type and think you’re immune to dry skin, winter can still be problematic for your complexion.
While it’s true that too much humidity isn’t a good thing, neither is too little.
The dry air, biting winds and sub-zero temperatures can present a whole new set of skin dilemmas, but have no fear: we’re here to help.
Here’s how to tackle every skincare issue you’re likely to face this winter…
1. Dry, flakey skin
Even if you don’t have perennially dry skin, winter can make your skin dehydrated.
Every skin type can fall victim to dehydration, from oily to combination, and it’s possible to have areas of your face that are more dehydrated than others.
In order to restore moisture to your skin and banish those dreaded dry patches, add a nourishing cleanser such as Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser to your routine.
The gel texture won’t be too greasy for oily skin, while the added hyaluronic acid will lock in hydration.
Wet your face with lukewarm water and massage it in to soften skin before rinsing with a flannel.
2. Sun damage
It’s cold out and daylight lasts about five minutes, so no need for sunscreen, right? Wrong.
Unless it’s so dark outside you need a torch, you still need sunscreen.
Even when it’s chilly and you won’t burn, UV rays can still aggravate the skin, causing everything from pigmentation and a slackened complexion to a dull, flat complexion.
Keep your skin safe with a protective SPF.
3. Lack of humidity
Not to sound like your dad, but do you really need to put the heating on that high?
Not only is it expensive, but central heating can really dry out your skin as it’s just hot air without any humidity.
To counteract the drying effects, you might want to invest in a humidifier.
Especially when used overnight, a humidifier can help soften the skin and keep it hydrated. It’s also thought to help stop you waking up with a croaky throat (hence why they’re so popular with singers).
Breakouts: they’re not just for summer.
While in hotter months all that sweat might clog your pores, in winter, it can be oil, over-produced by the skin to try and combat dryness, or inflammation from not enough exfoliation that causes red, angry spots.
Resist the temptation to layer on endless creams (they just smother the skin) and introduce an oil-free face wash like Neutrogena Clear & Defend Facial Wash.
The formula contains salicylic acid and cleanses the skin while maintaining its natural balance to help prevent breakouts.
Keep your skin healthy and hydrated throughout winter with Neutrogena.