Winter Skincare Advice and Tips

Skin care is a broad term that covers many different aspects of caring for your skin. From cleansing and moisturizing to avoiding the sun to protecting yourself from pollutants, maintaining healthy skin takes a lot of work. Fortunately, you can reduce your efforts by following a few simple tips that can help you get the most out of your skincare regimen.

There’s no question that skin care is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Even if you don’t have any major skin concerns, taking care of your skin can help keep it looking and feeling healthy and radiant. Plus, if you suffer from acne or other skin conditions, having good skin care habits can be especially important. The cold temperature at this time of the year can wreak havoc on our skin too. The following skincare tips can help you get the most out of your skincare routine, make simple changes for the cold weather and help you keep your skin in top shape for years to come.

Maintain a routine

When it comes to good skin care practices, the most important thing to do is commit to a routine. While you don’t need to spend hours each morning and night taking care of your skin, you should make a conscious effort to do certain things on a regular basis. There is no need to use numerous creams and serums either. Keep your routine simple and streamlined for the best results.

Double cleanse at the end of the day

Cleansing is one of the most important parts of a skincare routine. It helps remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the surface of the skin and helps keep you looking your best. Double cleansing is important, especially at the end of the day. While a micellar water will remove the makeup and top layer of dirt from your skin, the act of following up with a second cleanser will allow the product, with all of their beneficial ingredients to actually get into the skin and do their work.

But it’s important to choose the right cleanser for your skin type and stick with it. Most cleansers come in two forms – cream and gel. Cream cleansers are usually appropriate for normal or dry skin. Gel cleansers are better for oily skin as they contain ingredients that help break up dirt and oil. Use lukewarm water to wash your face and then gently rub the cleanser over your skin in a circular motion. Rinse off any remaining cleanser with lukewarm water and dry your face with a soft towel.

Clean make up brushes regularly

If you wear makeup, then chances are you have at least one brush that’s been collecting dirt, oils and bacteria. Not only is this unsightly, it can also lead to skin problems like acne. Regular cleaning of your brushes will keep them clean and hygienic, allowing you to get the best out of your makeup and your skin. Cleaning your makeup brushes is really easy – rinse the brushes under warm running water to remove any makeup or debris, squeeze a small amount of gentle shampoo onto a cloth and wash the brushes in circular motions to clean out any residue. Make sure you dry the brushes thoroughly before storing them away.

It is important to update makeup brushes on a regular basis too especially if they have shed bristles, become discoloured, or have an unusual smell. This is result in smoother makeup application and cleaner skin.

Wear SPF, even in winter

While sunscreen is a regular part of our skin care routine in summer, it may be something you forget about during winter. During winter, the sun is weaker and doesn’t penetrate as deeply into the skin. However, it’s still important to always protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays even on cloudy days and wearing SPF all year round is the best way to do this.

Keep hydrated

During winter, we battle with the wind and cold temperatures outdoors and then the heating indoors. This can leave out skin feeling dry and becoming chapped and flaky.

The best way to avoid this is you use a moisturiser that’s right for you. In winter a rich moisturiser can be beneficial, or alternative use a hyaluronic acid. It is important to drink plenty of water too to keep the skin hydrated from within too.

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