A New Year’s skin resolution – learn about looking after your skin in winter!

Now it is one of the coldest months of the year, you may start noticing that looking after your skin becomes increasingly difficult. Keeping it looking fresh and healthy gets harder and harder.  So, to help out, here’s a suggestion for your New Year’s skin resolution for 2017.

Find out why we need to treat our skin differently depending on the seasons!

Cold and windy conditions, which are common at this time of year, can wreak havoc on your skin. It is generally much less humid in winter than it is in the summer. This has a dehydrating effect on skin, causing it to become a bit dried out. The lips are often one of the most affected areas, with more moisture being lost from here than anywhere else on the body. That’s why chapped lips are common.

At this time of year, for men and women, there are three main ways you can help to protect your skin.

#1 Cover up
If it’s very cold and windy outside, it’s a good idea to cover up with a hat and scarf before heading out into the elements. Take particular care to cover your lips and the underside of your chin, especially if there’s snow or ice on the ground. This can reflect UV rays upwards.

#2 Moisturise
If you do find that you’re struggling to keep dry skin under control in winter, keep moisturising! Replacing lost moisture and providing a protective layer to your skin is one of the best ways to speed up the healing process. Avoid citrus or spicy foods if you’ve got chapped lips as these can really irritate. It may be boring, but try sticking to plainer foods until your skin is fully healed.

#3 Protect from UV
It is a surprise to many that your skin is at risk of sunburn, even in the winter! Fortunately, there’s only a low risk in the UK but even low light and harsh winds can cause damage.  Plus, if it snows, the snow can reflect up to 85 percent of UV rays from the sun. Always apply some factor 30 before heading outside for long periods. Use it if:

  • the sun is out
  • you are going on the water
  • out in the frosty or snowy conditions.

If you don’t have any SPF cream to hand, try our Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer.