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Winter Beauty Tips: Don’t Start the New Year With Dry Skin

By the end of the year, your skin might feel puffy, dry and old before your years. But you can nip this in the bud by tackling common skin problems that have the tendency to occur during winter and the festive season.

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Winter Portrait by Christofer Andersson / CC BY

Unpack Hydrated Skin
If tackling dry skin is your new year’s resolution, then you’re in luck because it’s an easy one to keep. Dry skin is common when the weather goes south, so you want to amplify your moisturizer. Choose one that is oil-based instead of water-based – the oil will help to protect the skin’s layer, trapping moisture inside so that your skin achieves greater hydration.
Use a skin scrub regularly to exfoliate your skin. This helps to get rid of dead skin cells that can lead to dry or dull skin. Your skin will look renewed and healthier!

Another good tip for getting rid of dry skin is to use a humidifier. Air conditioning systems, although tempting in the colder months, emit hot air that can have a drying effect on skin.

Don’t Feel Like a Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Red skin can strike during cooler weather because it’s usually linked to dryness. Sensitive skin is especially at risk of getting flushed or displaying red patches.

Take a look at your diet: certain foods help to decrease redness because they hydrate the skin from the inside out. They also put in extra work to protect skin from environmental damage. So, top up on foods such as broccoli and carrots that contain antioxidants which keep skin moisturized and protected. Avoid spicy foods that can lead to inflammation.

Remember to watch your alcohol consumption: alcohol is a trigger for red skin, including Rosacea which can cause even more severe redness.

Cool Stressed Under-Eyes
The festive season might sound like fun, but often it is characterised by stress. This could include attending lots of parties, heading to the busy shopping malls to buy gifts, and spending time in the kitchen to cook up a delicious feast or two. The stress might start to show under your eyes, in the form of dark circles.

When you need to hide under-eye circles in a hurry, reach for concealer that’s tailored to the delicate skin in this area. Always make sure you pick a concealer that is lighter than your foundation by two shades.

But to treat dark circles a bit more permanently, you want to ensure that you get enough sleep, cut out cigarettes and alcohol, and follow some home remedies such as sticking a cold pack in the freezer for about five minutes then resting it over your eyes. Cold temperature can help to minimize dark circles. If you want a bit more of a pampering experience, take a few slices of cucumber after they’ve chilled in the fridge and rest them on your eyes. This will also decrease puffiness.

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Photo by Helen Olney / CC BY

Beat the Breakouts
It can be tempting to fall asleep with your makeup on when you’ve pulled an all-nighter at a fantastic party, but resist the temptation. This can block your pores and lead to breakouts. Ensure that you clean off all traces of makeup before you head to bed, no exceptions!

Sometimes breakouts can result from excess oil in the skin, but you can treat this with a homemade face mask that makes use of egg white and lemon. Beat the white part of an egg and mix it in with a teaspoon of lemon. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it dry for approximately fifteen minutes. Then wash it off with a bit of warm water.

When applying products to skin, always do so in a downward motion. The reason for this is that it improves lymphatic drainage. By opening up your lymph nodes and cleaning them, your skin will clear right up.

The cold and drying effects of winter combined with the festive season might seem like the perfect way to stress out your skin, but with the above tips you’ll achieve more beautiful skin and start the new year off right!

Written by Cassie Brewer
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One Response to:

“Winter Beauty Tips: Don’t Start the New Year With Dry Skin”

  1. Liz says:

    I love using oils especially at night, and I love sheet masks!

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