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Common Winter Skincare Mistakes

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Common Winter Skin Care Mistakes (That you’re probably making)

Cold showers over hot showers

   Although getting into a cold shower in the winter months may not sound appealing, hot showers can irritate dry or sensitive skin which comes as a result of the harsher weather conditions. There are also many benefits to cold showers. They tighten your pores and prevent them from getting clogged. It also seals the pores, so the natural oils won’t get stripped from the skin.

Changing up your moisturiser

   Because your skin loses oil and moisture due to a lack of humidity and central heating your usual moisturiser may not cut it. Using a richer moisturiser will aid in protecting the skin’s barriers and aid the skin’s hydration levels. Hyaluronic acid is great for adding moisture to the skin. Getting a moisturiser with ‘high weight’ Hyaluronic acid means it has smaller molecules, which make it easier to penetrate down to the deeper layers of the skin.

Exfoliation is key

   It’s important to buff away the dry skin on your face but also keep in mind that your skin is more delicate at this time of year. You want to get rid of the dead cells so the new cells can come in healthier and without obstruction. Using a gentle exfoliator will stop your skin from being agitated but keep it looking fresh and glowy. Exfoliating twice a week should be sufficient to keep the skin hydrated.

Don't sleep on sun protection

   Going hand in hand with exfoliating, one very common and dangerous mistake is not wearing SPF. The winter sun and UV rays are still strong, even through the clouds. Using a broad-spectrum SPF that guards against both UVB and UVA rays is best. An SPF 30 protection blocks out around 97% of harmful UV rays, and it should be used as a crucial part of your skincare routine in winter and in summer.

Protect your eyes

   Sun protection of your eyes is just as important as the protection of the skin. Wearing sunglasses will prevent you from squinting and thus, reduce your chances of getting wrinkles. UV rays can damage parts of your eye including the eyelid skin.

Feeding your skin

   Due to a lack of sunlight, your skin can be more dehydrated and susceptible to irritation. Keeping your skin sufficiently hydrated in winter will require drinking a lot of water so it can penetrate your skin. Vitamin E is a powerful nutrient that helps tackle winter skin concerns. It brings improvements to troubled areas by retaining the skin’s natural moisture barrier to prevent water loss, and relieve inflammation, dryness, and itchiness. Vitamin E is in many skin care products but there are also supplements available.

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