It is easy to forget about caring for your skin in the cold winter months, with layers of jumpers, coats and scarves, it can sometimes leave your skin under-moisturised and prone to dryness. Here are our top five affordable tips to help fight the winter chill, and keep you looking beautiful with our low cost beauty products.
1) Positively Balmy
Maintaining natural moisture for your lips is very important. Chapped lips or “cheilitis simplex” is very common in winter, caused by temperature fluctuations from outside to inside, and air that is cold and lacking moisture. The best way to fight this is to use comprehensive lip protection balm. Derma V10 lip balms are a perfect remedy and are available in handy tins and simple sticks, both are pocket-sized, making them the ultimate travel companion.
2) Give yourself a hand
Your skin has two main structural layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin, using amongst other things, oils, serving as a physical and chemical barrier to the world, a protective shield if you will.
Now the skin on your hands is thinner, than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. This means it is much harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold and dry weather. Neglecting your hands in this way can lead to itchiness and cracking. Protect your hands with Derma V10 Hand & Nail Cream, with Beeswax and Vitamin E, also with SPF 10. Great protection, amazing price.
3) Turn down the heat.
Avoid using extra hot water when taking a bath or shower. We know that there is nothing quite like stepping into a steaming shower to warm you up after being out in the cold, but the truth is too much hot water can actually cause damage to your skin. Hot water can actually break down the lipid barriers of the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture.
If you are finding you skin is dryer than usual after having a very hot shower, make sure you use an all over body moisturiser to refresh and hydrate the skin afterwards. Try any Derma V10 body butters (available in Coconut / Chocolate / Cocoa), we particularly like the coconut, giving you a gorgeous gentle smell that lasts ages.
4) Water Hazard.
Good hydration is always an important factor in maintaining healthy skin, so drink plenty of water during the winter months, as your skin is extra prone to drying out, even when you don’t feel thirsty.
Carrying a water bottle with you helps because it reminds you to drink. A great indication of hydration is your urine, it if is a light yellow you have a good level of hydration, if it is a deep or darker shade you need to drink more water; frequency is also important, you should be urinating several times a day.
5) Happy Feet.
Think of all the work your feet do in one day, all the walking, standing and moonwalking. Now add in the cold. When the thermometer level drops, your body tries to keep your core warm, where all your vital organs are. So the blood vessels in your extremities constrict and limit circulation to these parts of your body. The natural thing to do is bundle up with warm socks and shoes, but this can restrict air to your feet and cause sweating and loss of moisture. So the best tactic is to wear good quality cotton socks, and clean and moisturise your feet regularly.
Wash your feet in warm soapy water, taking the time to dry them fully with a clean towel, then use Derma V10 24/7 Dry Skin cream to moisturise your feet, paying particular attention to your heel and between your toes. Allow the cream to soak in and finish off by using those lovely cotton socks.
Take all of these simple, and affordable steps, and you will be looking good and feeling fantastic until it is time to whip out that bikini again. Although we must go to the gym first, we promise we will go tomorrow!