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How to take care of your skin in winter

By Faeza
14 April 2016

The winter season might bring wet and rainy weather to some parts of our country, but it certainly doesn’t do the same thing for your skin. In fact, it does the exact opposite. The cold, especially in the dry interior, dries out our skin and telltale signs are often the chapped lips and dry noses that many of us suffer.

We take care of our skin in summer, protecting it from the heat and harsh sunshine, but we often don’t pay much attention to our skincare regime in the winter months. Here are four tips for taking care of your skin in winter:

1. Make sure to moisturise more

The moisturiser you use in summer should differ from the one you use in winter. In the colder months you need an emollient moisturiser that locks in the moisture and usually these are oil-based products as opposed to the lighter, water-based skincare ranges appropriate for summer.

2. Consider a serum

This must complement your daily moisturiser. A serum had the ability to penetrate many layers of skin and moisturise deep beneath the surface so that as the new skin cells rise to the surface they are healthy.

3. Don’t forget your sunscreen

The winter sun is just as strong, bright and damaging as the summer sun. In fact, the glare of the winter sun can be more damaging. Your face and hands should be protected by sunscreen and it should be reapplied throughout the day, especially if you’re venturing outside quite often, just to ensure that you’re always protected. Try to use one with vitamin C and omega-3 oils, as these ingredients will help even out skin tone and fight wrinkles.

4. Drink water and beware of hot, caffeinated drinks

Because of the cold weather you might find yourself reaching for a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa more often than reaching for a glass of water. However, these caffeinated drinks tend to dehydrate you, and together with the cold weather, they will do your skin no good.

Try to drink up to one litre of water a day and exchange tea and coffee for rooibos tea, which is warm and nourishing but not dehydrating or caffeinated.

Skincare for dark skin, light skin, sensitive skin or combination skin are different, but the most important thing to remember about skincare is that it matters for everyone and consistency is key.

As the weather becomes colder and the mornings icier, don’t allow your beauty routine to slip but rather change it to suit the harsh elements that you have to face during the winter season