Going skiing? Rebecca Treston shares everything you need to know about protecting your skin on a ski trip
I am planning to go skiing later in the month. How should I adapt skincare routine for the colder weather?
If you are planning to spend some time in a colder climate you will undoubtedly be exposed to central heating, which can lead to skin drying out. But there are some steps you can take to minimise and soothe your skin.
With a direct connection between the gut and skin health, increasing your daily intake of fats may help with dry skin. Try to increase your intake of walnuts, olive oil, avocados and of course water, to avoid dehydration.
No matter how many products you use, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation so add in a mild glycolic or lactic acid formula to slough off the dead skin. Once the skin is buffed, any active ingredients you use can penetrate and really get to work.
An antioxidant serum is perfect for year-round usage as the skin is consistently under attack from free radicals, which causes sun spots, the breakdown of collagen, and premature fine lines. But to enhance your skincare routine in colder climates, look for a hydrating moisturizer, with plenty of hyaluronic acid. Also, avoid using any face wash that has fragrances or alcohol which are incredibly drying. Instead use something such as Cetaphil, which won’t strip skin of its natural oils.
While the heat from an evening shower may feel phenomenal on a chilly day, limit rinse time to five minutes or less and use warm—not hot—water and after your shower apply a thick body moisturizer to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing.