The nights are drawing in, hot chocolates and chai lattes are calling your name... and your skin's feeling more sensitive than ever before. Sound familiar? Winter is prime time for a dry, red and itchy complexion with hot showers, central heating and cold winds giving your barrier wall a battering.
With its main defences down, skin is more susceptible to irritants getting in and water getting out. Cue a fragile, uncomfortable complexion.
But help is at hand. With a few expert tricks, winter-proofing your skin is easy. Here's how...
How to treat dry winter skin
Rebuild, rebuild, rebuild! Your main focus should be repairing – then protecting – that all-important barrier wall. Here are some of my most-used hacks:
- Turn the temperature of your baths and showers down a notch
- Avoid rubbing your skin with rough towels. Pat it dry instead
- Give harsh active skincare, containing irritating acids or retinols, the elbow
- Steer clear of scrubs – they're one of your skin's barrier's worst enemies. Instead, gently buff away dead skin cells using our Organic Muslin Face Cloth combined with our Balancer Oil-to-milk Cleanser
- Swap your usual laundry detergent for a gentle non-bio formula, if your body's feeling sensitive under all your tights and knits
- Consider a humidifier for your home to combat the dry central heating
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and dark leafy greens as well as plenty of fish containing omega fatty acids to moisturise from the inside out
- Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake as these can further dehydrate your complexion
- Reach for products that truly nourish and cosset with plant-based oils. It's all about the skin love!
Skincare ingredients to use in winter
I spend a huge amount of time researching and experimenting with different plant-based oils when developing our By Sarah London products. It's so important to me that all our blends utilise the very best hard-working ingredients while staying kind to even the most sensitive complexions. Anything included in our products is there to support the health of the skin, and you won't find any unnecessary fillers.
Our winter hero ingredients? Sweet Almond Oil (found in our Hero Facial Oil), Jojoba Oil (in our Body Oil) and Hyaluronic Acid (in our Saviour Moisture Mask). These all offer an instant soothing 'ahh' factor while hydrating the skin deep down so it remains strong and balanced. They really are the ultimate cold weather wonders.
How to heal chapped lips in winter
Our lips don't contain oil glands like other parts of the skin making them even more prone to dryness. It's important to avoid balms and lipsticks containing fragrance, camphor and menthol as these can cause irritation and further loss of hydration.
Our Lip and Hand Balm is free from all of these. Instead, it's packed with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Apricot Oil to replenish and repair. Apply it as often as you wish but most importantly, before you head outside. Its Beeswax content, in particular, creates a protective shield.
You can apply a protective skincare blanket to your face, too, before heading out in cold blustery weather. I pop on a few drops of our Hero Facial Oil, especially ahead of my early morning run, and use a veil of our Reviver Hydrating Mist to quench skin when I transition from the outdoors to a hot environment.
Winter weather warnings? Bring. Them. On.
Written by: Sarah, Co-Founder, By Sarah London
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