It is the season for ice-skating, snow angels and marshmallows by the fire but there’s no denying that it is also the season for extremely dry skin. The winter’s cold, dry air can wreak havoc on your skin leaving it dry, itchy, red and dull and to top it off, indoor heaters zap the moisture from the air and from your skin, which makes it all more challenging.
Although you may feel there is no escaping from the winter skin effects, some easy changes go a long way when it comes to preventing and dealing with dry skin:
1 - Boost hydration
One of the most crucial yet overlooked steps in the dry skin game is switching to a more nourishing serum or moisturizer to ensure a hydrated, glowing complexion. In this time of year, products that contain plenty of hyaluronic acid are your best friends. Hyaluronic Acid is responsible for filling the spaces between cells and is widely used to reduce wrinkles and expression lines. In addition, it is a molecule capable of retaining high amounts of water, keeping the skin hydrated, firm and smooth. Ayele's Hydra-Boost Serum is a great choice to keep your skin hydrated and glowing throughout the winter.
Another perfect addition to your routine is a hydrating spritz, so your skin doesn’t have a chance to get dry throughout the day. Ayele's Rose & Aloe Daily Spritz is the perfect choice to quench your skin several times a day, leaving it glowy and healthy-looking!
2 - Switch to Gentle, Creamy Cleansers
Avoid harsh, irritating cleansers and instead go for a creamy, gentle cleanser that won’t strip skin of its natural oils such as Ayele’s Gentle Jelly Cleanser, a great option to protect overall moisture and quench thirsty, dull looking skin.
3 - Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is a MUST as snow and ice can reflect up to 80% of UV rays! Besides causing skin cancer, UV rays are also the source of about 90% of all wrinkles. Wearing sunscreen in the winter is just as important as it is in the summer, as the sun’s harmful UV rays can still permeate clouds, therefore causing damage to the skin. A must-have if you ask us!
4 - Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
You can apply as many serums and creams as you want however, dry skin will stay dry without exfoliation. Exfoliation can do your skin wonders as it stimulates cell renewal, removes excess sebum accumulated in the pores, prevents the formation of blackheads and pimples and further increases the absorption capacity of cosmetics, leaving the skin ready for moisturizing. Ayele's Rise & Shine Daily Scrub is a luxurious option that is effective and chock full of vitamins!
5 - Add an eye cream to your daily regimen
The area around the eyes is the most sensitive, thin and delicate part of the face and should be treated with special care. This area is subject to the constant movement of muscles and does not have much collagen and elastin fibers. The area also suffers greatly from dehydration and the fragility of the small vessels that irrigate the eye region. It is important to add eye creams to your daily regimen early on to prevent wrinkles, dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness. Ayele's Virgin Rose Eye Cream is effective, nourishing and the perfect addition to your routine.
6 - Invest in a humidifier
Investing in a humidifier will go a long way as it adds moisture to dry air which as a result helps in keeping your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier wherever you spend most of your time in (your office desk and bedroom, most likely).
7 - Limit Shower Time and Temperature
Hot showers are an absolutely delicious way to warm up in the winter however, hot water inevitably dries out your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. Although long, steamy showers may be hard to resist, your skin will be in better shape if you switch to a lukewarm shower for no longer than 10 minutes.
By following these tips, your skin will surely see improvement in no time! All you need is to stay consistent and stay in tune with what your skin truly needs. If you need more in-depth help when choosing the right products for your skin, do not hesitate to make a consultation. Our specialized team will be delighted to help you find the products that are right for you.
Cheers to hydrated, healthy and happy skin all the way through spring!