The winter is a punishing time for everyone and everything, but your skin suffers particularly badly this time of year. It’s the same with all of us – over the summer we find ourselves uncomfortably shiny no matter how much powder and how many blotting papers we use, and then suddenly November rolls around and our faces are as
dry as the Sahara desert. It’s unfortunate, sometimes unattractive, and frequently uncomfortable.
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This goes without saying, really. Before you put on your makeup, you should always be rubbing in a layer of moisturiser first, preferably with a high SPF, even in the winter. Preventing your skin from being damaged by the sun is the best way to protect it. When you get home in the evening, take your makeup off and moisturise again, and then use a good night cream and eye cream before you go to sleep. Make sure you coat your lips with a thick layer of lip balm before you go to sleep. A heavy moisturiser should do the trick. Make sure that you keep applying lip balm through the day and that you use hand cream regularly to stop your knuckles from getting chapped.
The best way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated is by drinking plenty of water. It’s a lot easier to remember to do that through the summer time, but you should keep your water bottle in your bag all year round. Ideally you should be drinking eight 8oz glasses of water each day, which is roughly two litres. Keep topping up your water glass through the day at work and remember that if you don’t like the taste of water much you can always buy a special cup so you can add some crushed fruit like strawberries and raspberries for a little added flavour.
If you find your skin getting really bad and unmanageable in the winter, you could try talking to your doctor or to a dermatologist about it for some advice. Look for a prescription online for acne treatment cream if that’s flaring up, and make sure that you take care of your skin and treat yourself kindly. Remember that almost everyone has problems with their skin this time of year and don’t feel too self-conscious – you are definitely not alone.
Don’t try to keep your skin matte in the winter. The matte trend is over now, along with heavy contouring. These days it’s all about the strobing and dewy skin – although admittedly winter is a hard time to maintain that look! Don’t try to strip the natural oils from your skin – try to embrace them instead. Add highlighter to anywhere where light might hit your face, such as your brow bone, your cheekbones, the tip of your nose and the bow of your lips. You could also swap your pink and red summer lipsticks for darker berry hues as Christmas approaches.
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