How to avoid dull, dry, sallow skin this winter
I love winter, because it’s the time of year when everyone starts putting in a little more effort when it comes to their appearance. Slides and shorts are swapped for boots and jeans, salty matted hair for more polished dos’, and even your beauty game gets a step up. In summer, on a day-to-day basis, I find myself opting for either no makeup at all, or just a quick slather of BB cream with SPF, for one main reason. Here in Australia, basically anything that we put on our bodies during summer just sweats and slides right off, with 35 degree days spent by the beach and under the AC, there isn’t really much point to even attempt looking like you're not a hot mess. However, when autumn comes around and winter finally hits, I find myself taking a few extra minutes in the morning in front of the mirror. By covering up almost every inch of my body from my toes to my neck, sometimes my face and hands are the only visible signs that I actually have some skin under the endless layers of clothing. Which ultimately results in me paying more attention to my cheeks than my legs, which have been a bit neglected over the past couple of weeks (sorry legs, I haven’t forgotten about you, I swear).
Despite the added minutes and care to my beauty routine in winter, I still like to keep things relatively simple and natural looking. But in order to do this, I really like to make sure that my actual skin is looking its absolute best. I like to use makeup to enhance my natural features, rather than cover up the effects of the season change, and for that reason, I believe the focus should be on the overall health of my face and skin in winter, because I really do believe that the more glowing you are, the more healthy and awake you look, and the less makeup you have to apply, saving you time and money.
I should probably add that the following tips are good for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. I have Psoriasis, which is an autoimmune disease that often leaves my skin dry, flaky, inflamed and very red, so I really do take good care of my skin, in a bid to ward off the symptoms of this disease. I want to show you guys that even the worst of skin types (like mine) can be glowing and healthy all year round, with a little bit of TLC. Here are my top tips for naturally glowing, healthy winter skin.
Our skin is very temperamental, well at least mine is. I believe that whatever you put in your body, into your gut, ends up being reflected on your face. If anyone knows me, they will know that I drink a tonne of water. And I mean a tonne. My mum actually took me to the doctor because she thought I might have had diabetes, that’s how much water I drink. I actually start to stress and panic if I don’t have water nearby. The average daily intake for women is 2.7 litres or 11 cups of water. I would say that I probably drink around 4 or 5 litres a day, which is probably a bit excessive, but my skin really truly does benefit. Water keeps me hydrated and clears unwanted toxins, making it the best possible tip for glowing, bouncy, hydrated skin. I drink from a 1 litre glass jar, meaning that I have to fill up less, and mindlessly drink more when I am at my desk. I also never leave the house without a bottle in hand. So, it goes without saying - drink plenty of water! This is probably the easiest tip to incorporate this winter to increase your glow.
It might seem obvious, but moisturising (properly) is the main part of your skincare routine that will effect the glow of your skin. Moisturising is different for everyone, as the type, quantity and amount per day you have to moisturise differs depending on your skin type, so I can’t offer you any exact brands or names that I know will 100% suit every single one of you. However, I can talk about myself, I would say (my face) is neither oily nor super dry. I used to have quite oily skin during my prime adolescent years, however, with the discovery of my psoriasis and change in diet, the texture of my skin has become more and more dry. For this reason, I use a couple of different moisturises during winter. I like to step up my moisturising game around about now because I feel that the chill in the air, mixed with indoor heating and outdoor winds definitely leaves my skin feeling almost shrivelled up at times. To combat this, I use an all over body moisturiser after every shower (this is essential).
For my face, however, I do something different depending on the time of day. In the morning, after cleansing, I use a regenerating moisturiser by Essano and combine this with their SPF moisturiser, because even in the colder months the sun still shines and I am very prone to sunburn and skin cancer so I like to be extra cautious. In the evenings before I go to bed, I have been alternating between using a night cream on its own, and then rose hip oil and night cream one after the other. I am a little obsessed with the benefits of rose hip oil, however, using it nightly can saturate my skin a little too much, so I choose to use it every second night. All of my current skin care products are actually by the brand Essano, which carry a Rose Hip line, so each product features the ingredient. This magic oil is high in fatty acids and helps to improve the overall texture of the skin, combating burns, wrinkles, scars, dryness, stretch marks and sun damage. You name the problem, it fixes it. I highly recommend you get your hands on some rose hip products this winter.
A more neglected step in most peoples’ skin care routines, but nevertheless, an essential one. I switch up my exfoliating depending on how I feel, however I currently use the Sante reusable face pads once daily to gently exfoliate my entire face and also wipe away any excess dirt and grime that your cleanser misses. By getting rid of dead skin cells, you make the way for newer, healthier ones to shine through. Exfoliating also can dramatically improve the overall texture of your skin.
4. Remove makeup correctly
Whenever I wear heavy makeup, I always opt for my Aesop Remove makeup remover, due to its’ oil based formula. I often find that other makeup removers include harsh, drying chemicals that don’t only dry out my skin, especially my eyes, but leave me with a headache due to the strong fragrances that they often contain. The Aesop remover requires only the smallest of drops to get rid of even the heaviest of makeup, so it lasts forever, and leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
My final tip to getting that inner glow this winter is to watch your diet. As I previously mentioned, what we put in our bodies is reflected on our faces, from redness to dryness and even acne and blemishes. Simply put, the more colour I eat, in terms of vegetables and fruits especially, the brighter and healthier my skin looks. Being plant based, I generally eat a lot of greens, and my favourite thing to do is to drink a green smoothie a couple of mornings a week with my breakfast, or even turn it into a smoothie bowl with fun, healthy toppings. I almost think of this as part of my beauty or skin care routine, because I have it straight after I wash and moisturise my face. To go that little bit further, I have incorporated a Zinc vitamin supplement into my diet, which is scientifically proven to decrease any inflammation of the skin and prevent acne.
And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my first ever (very in-depth) beauty post, and also hope you learnt a thing or two about getting your skin glowin’ x