The cold can really take the glow out of your skin during the winter months. Being indoors in dry climates, the stresses of cold on the skin, and a lack of vitamin D are all culprits – but it is possible to make your skin spring-fresh after a long winter.
1. Add some humidity to your indoor spaces
The big problem for most skin in winter is dryness. With heat going at all times indoors, humidity levels can drop in your flat or house to near-Sahara levels. Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night and in any spaces that you spend time in throughout the day, such as a home office, to bring humidity levels back up to normal. If you work in a typical open-concept office, there may be no way to get that extra humidity, so keep some moisturiser at your desk to use on your skin throughout the day.
2. Drink more water than you really want to
It’s hard to get those eight glasses a day in, but not so hard if you plan for it. Keep a large bottle for your water at work and refill it throughout the day – you’ll unconsciously sip at it. Remember that drinks with caffeine are diuretics, which means they deplete water from your body, so with every cup of coffee or tea drink at least one glass of water to make up the deficiency. Be sure to drink water with every meal, which can help you cut down on sugary sodas if you’re grabbing a fast food lunch.
3. Take regular doses of Vitamin D
Vitamin D production naturally drops in winter because of the lack of sun on the skin, which is the primary way that our bodies get this vitamin. However, too much sun can lead to skin aging, so err on the side of safety by getting all of your vitamin D from food and supplements while slathering on the sunscreen.
Vitamin D is an important vitamin for skin and hair. It offers natural protection against damaging UV rays, which assists in reducing the photoaging of skin. It is also necessary for wound healing and tissue repair, for those with acne scars or common skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. NHS recommends a dose or the food equivalent of 10 micrograms per day of Vitamin D throughout the entire year.
4. Rehydrating after a long winter – moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
It’s all about moisturising to rehab your skin from winter, and you’ll want to do it in layers. Start with a moisturising serum for your base, pick a high-quality moisturiser with SPF to put on over top, and choose a moisturising foundation or tinted moisturiser for your makeup base. For your lips, choose a moisturising gloss or lipstick to finish off your look – this will prevent chapping.
If you don’t wear much makeup or foundation, carry a face moisturiser and lip balm with you and apply them throughout the day, especially when your skin or lips feel tight. Moisturisers containing hyaluronic acid help your skin absorb and hold onto moisture better – hyaluronic acid is an ingredient in our LQ Skin, Hair & Nails liquid supplement.