Five little skin care tips for winter

As our winter prep continues, this week we’re looking at skin care.

Winter reminds us that everyone and everything needs some quiet time.

Katrina Mayer

Now is the time to take steps to ensure your skin care regime gets the TLC it deserves, because come the colder weather you’re going to be glad you did. Here are five little skin care tip for winter that you won’t want to miss!

Five little skin care tips for

Drink LOTS of water!

Yes, yes we do keep going on about this. But that’s because it’s so important! During the winter your skin can get so dry and itchy, especially when you go from warm rooms heated artificially to colder temperatures outside. Your skin is going to needs lot of re-hydration so keep that bottle with you at all times.

Keep lip balm with you at all times.

Your lips can take a serious beating in the cold weather, and there is nothing less attractive than cracked, sore, unkissable lips! So make sure that little pot of balm is always in your pocket this winter. To make your own you need:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
  • 2-3 drops essential oil (vitamin E is great)

All you need to do is mix the beeswax, oil and essential oil in a bowl and set to one side. Heat a post of water, bring to the boil then remove from the heat. Then place the other bowl inside the pot of hot water. Let it sit for a while until the beeswax is melted and stir occasionally. That’s it! Pour the mixture into little pots while it’s still warm and allow to cool before using.

Apply moisturiser while your skin is wet

Moisturiser is so important for your skin, and especially in the winter (remember the damage that the central heating does!), but not many people actually apply it properly. If you slater your skin while it’s still damp from the shower, you are more likely to reap the benefits because you’re trapping the moisture already on your skin.  And take care what moisturiser you use too. All natural ingredients are best, and make sure you check labels for ethical practises too.

Exercise well and get lots of fresh air

It’s so tempting to stay indoors in the winter. But as far as your skin is concerned, that’s the worst thing you can do. Your body needs lots of fresh air and exercise to perform well, and your skin will benefit from this continued regime too. Eat well, get lots of vitamin D from the sunshine, and get the blood pumping with some cardio sessions such as walking briskly or running.

Exfoliate regularly

Your skin is going to need regular exfoliation to remove the dead cells sitting on the top, so make sure you don’t skip this step. Exfoliation also helps your moisturiser to penetrate the skin more efficiently too. To make your own, you need:

  • 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon water/ apple cider vinegar

Simply mix the ingredients together and apply to the face with gentle circular motions. Rinse with warm water and follow with a good moisturiser while the skin is still damp.

What are your top winter skin care tips?