The winter season is fast approaching, and just like our clothes, it’s inevitable that we’ll have to adapt all our beauty treatments… Glacial temperatures make us more vulnerable to the inconveniences of skin dryness, and there’s also the damage to the skin caused by heating, and the dull complexion that results from a lack of exfoliation.
Cold attacks the skin by attacking its hydrolipidic film. Made up mainly of sweat, sebum and water, this film protects like a shield against external aggression. It is thanks to this that your skin stays supple and hydrated. In addition, in winter, the cold weather causes blood circulation to change and leads to a reduction in sebum production, so the skin then dries out day after day.
It is because of all these reasons that it is essential to change your rituals and habits in order to pamper your body, face, and also your mind. We will tell you everything!
Skin cleansing in winter: you ritual changes!
In the morning, there is no need to spend too much time on facial cleansing: a little fresh water when you wake up, then a cotton pad with micellar water or a skincare lotion will be enough. In the evening, you can clean more thoroughly with double cleansing: bi-phase foaming gel and make-up remover, for example. In this way, the pores will be cleared and the cleansed skin will breathe more; it will be ready to receive its treatments.
For the body, we adopt lipid-enriched cleansing gels with a rich or even oily texture. Don’t spend too long in the shower and don’t rub your towel too hard to dry. However, before doing so, you can brush your body with a natural bristle brush to relaunch the microcirculation and exfoliate the top layer of the skin to remove dead cells. Surprisingly, this practice has both a toning effect on the epidermis and a relaxing effect, with a sensation of well-being provided by this ancestral brushing.
Crocodile skin: no thanks!
In winter, you will need to change your moisturising cream. While light formulas are better suited to the summer season, a richer formula is ideal for skin in winter conditions. A serum and eye contour cream will be your best allies in preventing fine lines throughout the day.
A lip balm should be kept in your bag and applied every day, because yes, the skin on your lips is so fine and so fragile that it also needs to be pampered.
Oh the body in winter… A real mountain of dryness and discomfort! Rubbing against clothing dries out the skin all over the body, so it’s important to remember to moisturise regularly. You can opt for body balmsor moisturising, lipid-replenishing milks. Nourished, skin becomes suppler and softer.
The most important thing is to listen to your skin and know how to adapt.
Once or twice a week, a nourishing mask is ideal for deeply nourishing and plumping the skin! All skin types will like this cocooning product!
Last but not least, hands! The hands are also very prone to chapping and can be weakened when washed several times a day. To compensate, you should also remember to moisturise them with a suitable cream, applying a thin layer during the day and a thicker layer in the evening at bedtime.
Diet: the key to beautiful skin.
When temperatures drop, we’re more likely to let ourselves go! Gone are the cool monoi showers and the after-sun toast… The bottle of water is hard to finish, and when it comes to yummy stuff, we’re more in the mood for a raclette than a mixed salad. And yet… it’s at this very moment that we need to redouble our efforts, otherwise we’ll be looking bleak by the fireside.
Superbly hydrated, healthy skin can only be provided by a sufficient intake of at least 1.5 litres of water every day! You can completely replace your flat water with herbal teas (sugar-free) throughout the day. The main thing is to drink and remove toxins. It is also good to limit excess alcohol and caffeine as they can dehydrate the body.
In winter, it is essential to nourish your skin from within. While cosmetic products are preferred allies, we must not forget that the secret to plumped skin is on the plate! When it comes to food, we opt for dishes packed with nutrients that are essential for our body. Minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, amino acids and trace elements are all important to the body and skin! Fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants are our friends even in winter. They help fight free radicals, one of the causes of skin ageing.
You can also protect your skin in winterby supplementing with magnesium, vitamin D or omega 3. A pharmacy healthcare professional will be able to guide you in your choice based on your individual profile.
Don’t let go this winter. Our skin needs care to get through the season without too much damage and to be in tip-top condition for spring. You can enjoy your blanket and TV series without worry, as long as you give yourself 15 minutes each morning and evening to pamper yourself. This will also help to get rid of the winter blues that can set in due to lack of sunshine, and boost morale! It’s up to you ;)…