Winter and The Skin

Harsh, cold and dry winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Skin becomes dry, flaky and even more reactive.

Winter weather strips our skin of moisture and its natural oils. Add in heaters, and hot showers and the contrast can be quite a lot for the skin to handle. Heating draws moisture from the air, leaving your home dryer, which pulls hydration out of your skin. Hot showers and baths further rob the skin of natural moisture and oils, while harsh winds and frequent washing and drying that comes with flu season leave the skin even dryer and more unprotected.

With the holiday season fast approaching, we all want to look our best for all the up and coming Christmas Parties, Family Gathering and New Years Celebrations.

To counteract the negative effects on your skin this winter, we’ve come up with our “Top 5 Tips” to help you prevent any unwanted side effects of the cold weather.

  1.  Water

Drink at least 2L a day. You’ve heard it once; you’ve heard it a thousand times. And… you’re hearing it again.

Your skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body, your skin is made up of cells, which are largely made up of water. If your skin is not getting enough water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

Water is essential to maintain the optimum skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.

  1.  Wash in Luke Warm Water

Hot showers and baths on freezing days always makes us feel good, but they do strip away moisture and natural oils. Try lukewarm water, particularly when washing your face and hands.

  1.  Moisturise Immediately After

Your skin needs extra moisture this winter. Apply moisturiser or natural body oils on damp skin straight after your shower. This helps lock in that dampness into the skin, for added hydration. 

  1.  Choose Skincare Products Wisely

Read the ingredients on the back of your skincare products, avoid products with petroleum based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin. Choose natural ingredients, and avoid parabens and other chemicals which the skin absorbs.

Try Kora Organics Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil with added antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids, this oil hydrates and replenishes the skin’s moisture levels.

  1.  Protect Your Skin

Don’t skip on sunscreen in winter! Winter rays can be just as damaging as summer rays. So apply sunscreen everyday, especially when on ski holidays as the UV rays reflect from the snow on the ground which often burns the skin on your face. Say hello to “ski mask tan”…

In winter it’s also important to protect your skin from harsh environments such as wind and cold, wear gloves, a scarf, a beanie. Make it work with an outfit.

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