The winter weather can wreak havoc on our health, and the effects of this are often all too visible in our skin. Dryness is a serious problem for those of us who live in colder climates, where freezing cold winds and ubiquitous central heating systems heat up and cool down our faces all day long. This leaves many of us with dry, cracked skin, redness and blemishes, and for some of us can mean an increase in existing problems such as acne or eczema.
Looking around the cosmetic section of any department store, it can be truly overwhelming to try and decipher which products you need. Speaking to an assistant can make things even more confusing, as they’re likely to tell you that you need five different creams for different parts of your face. Before you know it, you’re investing a lot more time and money into your skin than you planned, and you wonder if it would actually be easier to just wear a balaclava.
The truth is, you don’t need five different creams for different parts of your face, and you don’t need to invest hours and hours into keeping your skin in good condition. All you need are a few simple tips that will allow you to maintain healthy skin without all the extra effort.
Do Your Research
Perhaps the most important piece of advice to follow when looking for skincare solutions is to do your homework before you attempt to buy anything. Don’t just walk into a department store with no idea of what you are looking for; this will likely end in you being sold a whole skincare range that you don’t need and leaving even more confused than when you walked in. So put a bit of effort in now and you will save tons in the long run.
The first thing you need to do is work out what your skin’s specific needs are. If you’ve noticed an increase in bits of dry skin on your cheeks or chin since the temperatures started to drop, you know that you need to focus on combatting dryness. On the other hand, if you have problems with acne or an overly shiny forehead, you need to look into reducing the oiliness of your skin. Read up on some skincare tips and advice, so that you know roughly what you’re looking for before you start shopping.
Less is More
As a self-confessed lazy girl, you’ll be pleased to know that less is usually more when it comes to winter skin. Unlike in the summer months, you don’t need to worry too much about grease or sunburn, so the amount of products you really need to use is greatly reduced. You can almost certainly get away with using just one skincare product, you just need to find the perfect one for you!
Believe it or not, those of you with problem skin might actually get away with being lazier when it comes to your winter skin regime. This is because it’s recommended that acne prone skin and super dry skin is treated using the minimal amount of ingredients and chemicals possible. So don’t go buying separate cleansers, makeup removers and moisturisers, when you can get away with an all in one product that perfectly suits both your skin and your personality. An excellent example is Lush’s Ultrabland, which has an almond oil base and can be used as an all in one for irritated, sensitive skin.
Those of us who like to keep our beauty routines to a minimum can often get confused by the vast amount of different products on the market. Many of these seem completely unnecessary, not to mention full of harsh chemicals, and it can be difficult to get your head around what is actually in them. As a rule of thumb, if you read the ingredients of a skincare product – which you should always do – and you don’t understand any of the words used, you probably shouldn’t buy it. It’s now pretty well understood that, when it comes to our faces, we need to be using more natural products and less chemical ones.
This is great news for lazy girls, because there are plenty of natural skin products already sitting in your food cupboard! That coconut oil that you only used once will make the perfect winter moisturiser, especially when you add a couple of drops of lavender oil to it. It might seem strange to rub oil on your face, especially if you have oily or acne prone skin, but coconut oil is an excellent deep moisturiser that actually balances out your skin’s oiliness. It can also be used as a makeup remover and an all-over body moisturiser. Other natural products that are perfect for your face include almond oil, olive oil and honey, which can be used as a super quick face mask!