August 13, 2013

Winter Skin Care Tips

To make a smooth transition from summer to winter tanning, a few adjustments to your beauty routine are necessary. As well as choosing a lighter tanner for a more natural glow, you need to revamp your skincare regime to make up for the season’s harsh weather conditions. Without help from hydrating moisturisers and protection from the cold air, your skin can become dry and flaky. Because a coarse surface makes it more difficult for tanners to stick to your skin evenly, you can end up with patches and streaks. Follow the skincare tips below to keep your skin radiant and healthy, and enjoy a natural-looking glow throughout the coldest days.

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy During Winter

  • Avoid long, hot showers. While a steamy shower might feel hydrating – and it is certainly tempting after spending hours in the cold – it actually strips your skin of the moisture it needs to stay healthy. If you must have a hot shower to warm up, keep it as brief as possible.
  • Remember to wear sunscreen. You might think that sun protection is only for summer, but UV rays can still be dangerous during winter. By applying sunscreen to your face, neck and hands throughout the winter months, you will protect your skin from ageing and long-term damage.
  • Invest in a great moisturiser (preferably with UV protection). Regardless of your skin type, the cold weather can be damaging to your skin. A hydrating lotion with gentle ingredients can help keep your skin soft and supple all winter long. Apply moisturiser morning and night to both your face and your body.
  • If you experience dryness or irritation, make an appointment to see your doctor. Some people find that they need to use prescription creams or all-natural moisturisers to prevent itching and irritation during the drying winter months. If you have sensitive skin, a doctor or dermatologist can advise you on how to care for your skin and whether you should be following a special winter skincare programme.

Maintaining a Flawless Winter Glow

Following a winter skin care routine will not only keep your skin healthy, it will also help you maintain a natural-looking tan. Moisturisers make it easier for tanner to go on evenly by keeping skin hydrated and smooth. Before tanning, apply a few extra drops of a rich moisturiser to problem areas like your elbows and ankles. To maintain your colour longer, you can also use a tan-enhancing lotion, such as Mine’s Gradual Tan Extender, as a part of your aftercare routine.

Cutting back on exfoliating may sound like a good idea, but you should still do it a few times a week, and the day before you tan. Exfoliating removes dead cells that block tanning agents and make your skin look dull. To avoid irritating your skin, exfoliate gently, and lock in moisture by applying a layer of lotion all over your body immediately after you shower.

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