Expert Advice

10 Ways to Keep Skin Hydrated this Winter

Posted on August 21, 2018

When you pull out your winter clothes, it is a reminder that you need to change your skincare routine too!

Skin Doctors provides you 10 tips to help keep skin hydrated during winter:

1. Avoid (HOT) water on your face

Water on your skin, as opposed to inside your body, is very drying. Especially, hot water! When showering, don’t let the water steam pour directly on your face. It is too harsh for your skin, causing micro tears and dryness. Using your fingertips, apply a pH balanced cleanser and gently wash off in cooler temperature water.

2. Drink plenty of water

The easiest water to hydrate skin is to keep your body hydrated from the inside. Its also good for your heart and your kidneys, so make sure you are getting your two litres of water a day.

3. Address your treatment areas – resurface your skin

Skin Doctors gamma hydroxy™ forte gently exfoliates, sloughing off the top layer of damaged skin, improving skin texture, colour and aids in reducing pore size. This produce goes beyond just exfoliation and helps prepare your skin to accelerate the use of treatment products.

4. Address your treatment areas – face & neck

Help reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet in 8 weeks with Skin Doctors Superfacelift. The original “facelift in a jar” can stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin to help improve skin firmness, tone and moisturisation of the skin.

5. Choose your moisturiser carefully

Some over the counter moisturisers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose an advanced formulation with nourishing ingredients.

6. Humidify

A humidifier is truly an overnight skin saver worth investing in! Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

7. Protect

Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.

8. Hydrate from the inside out

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.

9. Don’t neglect your hands

We tend to focus on our faces while neglecting our hands. In the last few years we’ve began to realise that our hands can quickly betray our age faster. It is time to extend your skin care routine to your hands – which are the first to suffer in rough, winter weather. Using a good quality hand cream (always in your handbag). Skin Doctors Younger Hands can help your hands look 10 years younger in 6 weeks.

10. Avoid licking your lips

Our lips get dry and our tongues naturally respond. This is horrible to our skin. Not only does the saliva evaporate, taking moisture with it, it also contains enzymes that help digest your food – think “break down”. These enzymes do the same to the thin, fragile skin on your lips, so you end up with drier, more chapped lips than before you licked them.

Winter skincare needs to be a focus and Skin Doctors can help with your daily routine.