Winter is a season of simple pleasures: festivity, gift-giving, and spending time with loved ones. But while crispness in the air may invigorate the senses, it's not quite so good for your skin. Dry skin in the winter is a very common thing, caused by the combination of icy winds, chilly temperatures, and toasty rooms with the heating cranked up. During the winter months your skin has different needs, follow our beauty tips and start your new winter skincare routine early!
Maintain your healthy summer glow by introducing a proper winter skincare routine. First of all, switch to gentle face washes, a creamy or oil-based cleanser like our Oil-To-Milk Facial Make-up Remover instead of a foaming gel. These cleansers delicately remove excess oils without stripping away your skin's natural ones, and are often enriched with ingredients like vitamin E and shea butter to impart the skin with extra moisture.
If your skin is oily or combination, base your winter routine on layering lighter formulations that won't make your skin feel coated and greasy. Try using one of our water-based creams such as Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream. And don't underestimate the winter sun! Whatever your skin type, make sure to include an SPF rating to protect you skin from UV rays.
To compensate for the low humidity and cold air, our skin absorbs moisture twice as fast, so it's important to make adjustments. If your skin is particularly dry, be generous when applying moisturiser. Switch to rich, oil-based face moisturisers for winter, such as Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Face Cream that will lock the moisture in.
Hands can become dry with exposure to cold temperatures, so lavish them with a thick hand cream for cold weather enriched with shea butter. This deeply moisturising ingredient has been used for generations by the people of Burkina Faso – where we ethically source ours – to protect their skin against the harsh desert winds.
This high-in-fat butter has humectant and emollient properties, meaning our it softens the skin and locks in moisture. It penetrates deeply to leave hands feeling smooth and supple. Choose a cream for dry hands that's delicately fragranced with natural oils such as peony, verbena, or cherry blossom to add a subtle scent.
Always wrap up warmly to protect skin and ensure proper blood circulation; get used to wearing a scarf and gloves. Apply a rich hand cream before going out, such as the Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, and cover your hands to ensure that it soaks into the skin. Avoid being exposed to extreme temperatures and remember that dry heat inside also takes its toll on delicate skin.
Although the body is less exposed than the face, hands and lips, it still needs extra nourishment during the winter months. Look for winter skincare products with plant-based ingredients, perfumed with essential oils instead of synthetic scents. Natural ingredients are more gentle, as harsh chemicals can often irritate delicate skin and increase dryness. Shower gels and body wash with a star ingredients like moisturising shea butter and relaxing lavender oil will keep your skin feeling hydrated and beautifully fragranced.
Start your winter skincare routine by taking shorter, lukewarm showers and avoid very hot water as it compromises your skin's lipid layer. Finely ground oats added to your bathwater will work wonders to relieve and soften itchy or irritated skin. They can also act as a gentle exfoliant, perfect for the winter months. Lastly, moisturise regularly right after you wash, on slightly damp skin. Depending on how dry your skin is, you may choose Shea Butter Ultra Light Body Cream or Ultra Rich Body Cream.
The skin on our lips is thinner and more sensitive than other parts of our bodies, so it’s more affected by the cold winter air.
If your lips do become chapped, dry or flaky, try to resist the urge to exfoliate them. This can deepen the cracks and fissures, and could lead to a painful infection. Use lip balm for winter instead to soften the dehydrated skin and soothe what's left behind. Your lips will be back to their kissable best in no time.
To keep your pout feeling soft and comfortable, include in your skincare routine a lip balm - preferably one that's rich in natural oils like Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm. It's best to coat your lips with a thin layer of balm every time you venture outside. This creates a protective layer, similar to wearing gloves.
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