The winter months dry out our skin terribly and we're always feeling a little dull after the lack of sunshine for so long. Exfoliating will get rid of all the dead skin cells and make way for fresh, bright skin. It’s easiest in the shower about three times a week, and don’t forget to pop on a moisturiser straight afterward, or you could use the NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion to pamper your skin with the moisture it deserves!
Look after your extremities.
Don't forget your feet and hands! Our feet tend to get a little forgotten when we're hiding them away behind socks and boots for three months - so why not treat yourself to a pedicure and foot scrub to freshen up and get sandal ready! Our hands need moisture too, so a hand cream, like NIVEA 3-in1 Anti-age Care Hand Cream, that you can pop into your bag on the go is a great idea – or you could start using hand cream every night before going to bed to help your skin regenerate while you sleep.
Shave and moisturise well
We can't be blamed for paying a little less attention than we should to our body when we're not flaunting our skin in the cold. But the sun will be out soon and so will the skirts and t-shirts, so our skin needs to be prepped accordingly. This means careful shaves and plenty of moisturiser – you could treat yourself to a relaxing bath (but not too long or hot!) and shave just before you get out, then apply a generous amount of NIVEA Irresistibly Smooth Body Souffle and snuggle up in your bath robe to let the lotion soak in while you do some more relaxing on the couch…
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a full body scrub and a great facial, so why not treat yourself before the weather warms up? Scented oils and some fresh ingredients are perfect to get you in spring mood.
Avoid air conditioned environments – try not to enclose yourself in a small room with a heater or air con on, without some way of increasing the humidity. A humidifier will add moisture to the air. If you don’t have one, placing a bowl of water near the heater or air con vent may help.
Protect yourself against the elements – if you’re out in the sun or wind, it’s important to shield your skin from UV rays and wind burn. Wear appropriate clothing and apply good quality sunscreen and protective lip balm.
Reduce hot baths and showers – long showers and baths can dry out your skin, especially when the water is too hot. Try to keep your bathing time under 5 minutes and use warm water.
Avoid irritants – harsh soaps and detergents will take a toll on your skin. Go for products with natural ingredients and fibres when it comes to cleaning yourself and your clothes.
Moisturise after bathing – when you’re out of the shower or bath, pat your skin dry (some moisture should remain) and then apply a gentle, nourishing cream. This will help to ‘trap’ moisture in the skin.
When winter hits, our skin needs a little extra love. Here are some quick and effective remedies to lock the moisture into your skin this winter!
- Hydration – take care of your skin from the inside first. Staying hydrated will help your skin cells to retain moisture. Drink plenty of water and maintain your electrolytes (especially if you’re exercising). Also, try to avoid excess diuretics, like caffeinated beverages.
- Milk it – if your skin needs some TLC, take milk from the fridge and pour it into a bowl. Apply it to your skin for around 5 minutes by plunging the affected area into it, or used a washcloth. The lactic acid and anti-inflammatory properties in milk can reduce itchiness and give your skin time to heal.
- Rich is the word – . The best treatment for really dry skin is a thick blanket of a rich moisturiser that’s left there to do its work for as long as possible. High “traffic” areas, such as hands and feet may need gloves and socks over them to help the cream really do its work.
- Overnight treatment – get some PJs and sheets that you don’t mind potentially ruining. Soak yourself in a just-warm bath until your fingers and toes start to ‘prune’ up. When you’re out, towel yourself, but leave as much water on the surface of your skin as possible. Then it’s time to apply a body oil. If you have solid oil that you can rub on, that will work well. Next pop on some PJs and leave the oil to work its magic while you sleep!