Now that the weather is colder and the winds are stronger, excess sweat is the least of our skin worries.
Now it’s all about dry, pale skin and crusty lips.
According to Catherine Daniel from BrandRated, the change of weather and drop in temperature impacts more than our mental health.
‘The change of weather can cause dead skin cells to build up, leading to dryness and breakouts,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.
So, how do we combat it?
How to winterproof your skin
Switch from scrubs to acids
When the weather changes, dead skin cells can build up, blocking your pores and trapping in oil and bacteria, leading to breakouts.
But instead of using your usual scrub to get rid of dead skin, Catherine recommends switching to polyhydroxy acids, more commonly known as PHAs.
‘PHAs are perfect to use in the winter because they have a large chemical structure, which means they don’t penetrate the skin too deeply and help with moisture retention,’ she tells us.
‘They can be found in the form of face washes, serums, or toners, and they gently exfoliate, while repairing skin and reducing the appearance of skin damage.’
Add extra moisture
‘The drop in temperature outside, combined with the dry, hot air from central heating is a recipe for dry skin,’ says Catherine, contributing to blocked pores and breakouts.
Catherine recommends finding ways to add more moisture to your skin, such as by using a bedside humidifier to add more moisture in the air (and your skin) and introducing more hydrating products into your routine.
‘Your bedtime routine is the best time to use heavier moisturisers, and overnight masks, for deep hydration while you sleep,’ she says.
‘Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it draws in water from the air.
It can hold nearly 1000 times its weight in water, so when applied to your skin correctly, it’ll increase hydration and keep it moisturised and dewy.’
‘Remember to apply it to clean damp skin for it to work effectively and lock it in with a moisturiser.’
When looking for a moisturiser, Catherine advises finding one with ceramides, fatty acids that help lock in the moisture and prevent it from escaping.
‘Ceramides also help repair your skin barrier, which is perfect at this time of year to help repair sun damage after the summer and prepare for the colder months,’ she says.
Use more oils
Oils are vital to help retain moisture in the winter.
‘The constant changes in temperature, from hot showers and central heating to freezing cold outside, can make your skin dry and flaky, without the help of its natural oils,’ says Catherine.
She suggests switching your foaming or abrasive cleaner to something more nourishing, like an oil or balm-based cleanser.
‘They’ll still do a great job of deep pore cleansing and make up removal, but without messing up your natural oil balance,’ she says.
Additionally, add oils, or oil-based serums, to your routine: ‘Look for ingredients like argan oil, which has high levels of vitamin E and fatty acids to promote collagen and reduce inflammation, and jojoba, which is easily absorbed because it has a chemical structure very similar to our natural oil,’ Catherine says.
Don’t forget your lips
Your lips are not immune from getting dried out by the same winter culprits that dry the rest of your skin – and the last thing you want to deal with is chapped lips.
‘Keratin in the top layer of your skin loses flexibility, so your lips become cracked and sore from movement,’ says Catherine.
‘If they become chapped, gently exfoliate, and moisturise with a good quality lip balm.
‘Licking sore lips will only make them worse and cause lip eczema.’
Don’t skip the SPF
Finally, just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can stop using SPF.
‘Up to 80% of the sun’s rays get through even the thickest cloud, so even if it doesn’t look sunny enough to cause sunburn, the UV rays are still there,’ says Catherine.
‘UVB rays vary in intensity with the seasons and are the rays that cause sunburn on the top layers of skin. UVA rays, however, are always present, and damage the deeper layers of the skin, leading to premature ageing and increased risk of skin cancer.’
She says that SPF should be an essential part of your skincare routine throughout the whole year to protect your skin.
‘Even when you’re inside, the UVA rays aren’t blocked by glass windows like UVB,’ she says.