Dropping temperatures and party season kicking into high gear is how you know that the holidays are just around the corner. However, the combination of colder weather, staying up all night, and consuming copious amounts of holiday food and drink is bound to take its toll, and your skin usually bears the brunt of it first.
Modifying your skincare routine to account for these changes is the only way to maintain that glow you’ve worked hard on all year.
Lower temperature often comes with dryer air, which means that the climate itself could be robbing your skin of much-needed moisture. This is why your skin is prone to feeling dry during the winter months, even if you have an intensive skincare routine that works well for you the rest of the year. Your favourite daily moisturiser isn’t quite going to cut it here; it’s going to need a boost.
Using a moisturising mask or a sleeping pack at least once a week to supplement your existing skincare routine can add moisture back to your skin and alleviate the dryness. Depending on your needs, a weekly sheet mask packed with a hydrating ingredient such as hyaluronic acid can be a godsend for thirsty skin. If you have very dry skin, you can opt for an overnight mask, which will continue working its magic while you catch some z’s.
Keep an eye out for ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, and ceramides. AHA and glycolic acid slough the dead skin cells off the surface of your face so that you can wake up with renewed skin, while ceramides act as a protective barrier against the elements to retain moisture and keep your skin looking bouncy and youthful.
The dryness doesn’t just affect your skin. Often, cold weather hits your lips first. Add late nights and overindulging in your favourite alcoholic drinks at Christmas parties, and you could be looking at serious dehydration that leads to painful chapping and flaking. To prevent this from happening, pack a tube of good lip balm from an all-natural makeup brand and reapply as often as you need. The ingredients don’t really matter, so you can just go with whatever you’re loving right now, but emollients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E can’t really hurt, either.
If the weather has already gotten to your lips, go for basic, unscented products that don’t have any additives such as petroleum jelly, at least until the redness and chapping dissipates. And if you’re planning on heading out to the mountains or spending a weekend hitting the slopes, pack a lip balm with added SPF. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
Holiday parties are undoubtedly one of the highlights of the season, but linger too long at one too many and you could wake up to find an entire set of luggage under your eyes, or dark circles that make you look like a zombie. Lack of sleep and consuming too much salt or alcohol can lead to both of these conditions.
Depuff and brighten the delicate area under your eyes with an eye cream. Search for products that contain vitamin C and caffeine, which can significantly reduce the appearance of dark circles. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and peptides can take care of the puffiness. During the day, mask them with a double-duty concealer that contains anti-ageing ingredients like collagen and vitamin K.
If you’re a woman who struggles with oily skin, you may be sceptical about the concept of adding face oils to your routine. In a world where we’ve been taught that excess oil production leads to acne and bad breakouts, you have every right to be wary! However, face oils are versatile skincare products that provide undeniable benefits. They’re highly moisturising, can help maintain your skin’s hydration levels, and are packed with antioxidants, which can slow down the ageing process. Oily-skinned ladies, take note: certain face oils can even help regulate oil production.
Incorporating a luxurious face oil into your existing routine couldn’t be easier. First-timers can mix it in with their existing light moisturisers to lend added richness to the product. Face oils also work well as a makeup primer, providing instant smoothness and hydration.
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean that the sun can’t damage your skin. You are at as much risk from ultraviolet rays during the winter months as you were in the summer. Never leave home without putting on sunscreen, ideally with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it at least 45 minutes before exposure, to really let the product set and absorb into your skin. If you’re heading up to the mountains to do some skiing or snowboarding, amp your sunscreen up accordingly. Find a non-freezing product that will protect you from those UV rays and prevent you from getting sunburned.
By making a few changes to your tried and tested routine, you can prepare your skin for the season ahead. You’ll have an easier time preserving your glow and making it last even after the holiday celebrations.