The Ultimate Cold Weather Skin Cheat Sheet
Freezing temperatures, frost on the ground and your skin is suffering. Soothe your dry, itchy skin with a serious hydrating regime to keep things supple and healthy.
It doesn't have to be complicated or fiddly, here are my top tips for keeping your skin soft, supple and radiant.
The bottom line is that colder air holds less moisture than warm air and factor in the central heating and there's a good chance your skin is going to rebel. Dry, itchy skin isn't fun but there's lots you can do that will make a difference.
- To stay hydrated, skin pulls moisture out of the air, which is a problem in colder weather when the humidity reduces. To make things worse, as our skin ages, its natural oil producing capabilities slow down makes it more difficult for dry skin cells to slough off resulting in flaky skin. To prevent a rather attractive skin snow storm effect, invest in a gentle exfoliation treatment, but one which will boost hydration levels with natural oils. You can find our Honey & Rose Exfoliation Treatment here. (Bonus - it will leave your skin smelling beautiful). I stress this should be GENTLE! Scrubbing your skin raw is not going to help.
- Cut back on the super hot baths and showers. Spending too much time wallowing in steaming hot water, though a tempting option when you're freezing, will ultimately further strip the oils from your skin. If you have to do the toe-dip dance lowering yourself into the bath inch by inch, it's too hot!
- If you can't live without a bath, it being the only time you get 5 minutes to yourself in a locked room (and I do understand) go for a bath oil which will hydrate and soothe your skin and leave you smelling fabulous at the same time. Try our Soothing Bath Oil which contains a generous shot of calendula infused oil which naturally fixes all those sore bits.
- If you fancy a spot of DIY, add a few drops of essential oil and tailor the scent to something you love - lavender for a beautifully relaxing soak, ylang ylang and jasmine for a touch of the exotic, or grapefruit or juniper for a revitalising treatment. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, throw in a pint of milk or a scoop of dried milk powder and you will come out with skin so soft, the angels will weep.
- Slather on a serious moisturiser. Regular TRT readers know that I am a big fan of oils, (see this previous post) - but the trick is finding the right product that works for you. Applying Body Oil while your skin is damp after a shower takes 5 seconds but packs a real punch in terms of effectiveness; it seals in moisture, removes the need for a separate body lotion and leaves a subtle scent - win, win!
- For your face, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side, go for ingredients that are natural and super gentle. Think about layering products together, Olga likes to use a base layer with the super nourishing Facial Essence with Rose & Blackcurrant and then either the Radiance Cream over the top or the Intensive Balm with Marshmallow & Frangipani. Go with what feels good for your skin, pick the texture that works for you. If you want some advice, ping us a note on one of our social media channels!
Here's to your super soft, hydrated skin all season long!