I have dry sensitive skin so my winter and summer routines are very different. Suffering with psoriasis for so long, I have learnt what my body needs and when. Through trial and error, I have finally found what works for me to keep my skin hydrated and moisturised for longer. Once you work out what works for you it’s really important to try and stick to the routine as best as you can. Confession: I cheat some days, my skin screams at me for that!! I normally fix it up with tender loving care!
As the seasons change it always good to review what you’re using and I know so many people, who stick to the same products/routine throughout the year, and don’t even give it a second thought. I always hear people saying “I need to get my summer/winter wardrobe ready” my favourites are all the gym buffs talking about “getting my summer body ready” lol, got to love it…but what about your SKIN!!!
Be kind to your skin. Give it some thought: during winter and summer months. One doesn’t dress in the same way or even eat the same foods. Remembering that will trigger you to rethink about looking after your skin and keeping it moisturised , for example using creams in winter and lotions in summer. It could be you use shower gels in summer and bath creams in winter. Showers or baths, oils or balms – the choices are endless. Its finding what works for you.
Winter and summer routines
During winter I layer my moisturiser, as this works well for me. Cold temperatures and cranked-up central heating puts your skin through it’s pace. Treatments can also have an effect on your skin and some can make your skin a lot drier than normal. During summer months, I tend to find that my skin is not so dry and I don’t need to keep topping up moisturisers. I find I swell slightly during summer, which for some reason makes my skin look healthier and plump. Also, it might have something to do with drinking a lot more fluids during warmer seasons.
Keep moisturised and hydrated as much as you can. I have found this to be a key point in keeping my skin looking and feeling great!
Keep hydrated from the inside; see the results on the outside.
My moisturising ritual
- I shower in luke warm water (hot water dries the skin out)
- Shower cream with shower scrunchie/puff, Dead Sea salt soap with exfoliating gloves
- Apply in-shower moisturiser (this locks in moisture really well, I also find it easier to moisturise on damp skin)
- I always pat dry, as rubbing can cause irritation and removes moisture
- I then apply a rich moisturiser immediately while my skin is still semi-damp (applying moisturisers while your skin is still damp helps seal in the water as well as your body’s natural oils)
- Once my skin has absorbed first layer, I apply another layer of moisturiser, then I’m good to go!
I try to moisturise during the day too, but this can be difficult if out and about or at work. I find the spray moisturisers work a treat – no mess, no hassle. They are good for a quick top–up, but if your skin is really dry it’s always best to use a good rich moisturiser.
From time-to-time I like to have a pamper session, this is an absolute must! So relaxing, and it allows your body to unwind, not only for the ladies but for men too! One of my favourite treatments is a full body scrub followed by hot oil massage and a facial. Not only does this help de-stress, but the hot oils are amazing on my skin and does really seem to help lock moisture in . I try having this treatment few times a year; I’d love to have it once a month as I find the benefits amazing!
I also like to indulge in baths every two weeks, I make sure the water is not to hot (to stop my skin drying out more), add in some bath oils with Dead Sea salts and make sure I have time to chill (I don’t rinse after the bath, I just let the oils absorb and pat dry) I usually do this before bed, it’s really relaxing and I find it helps me sleep.
- Keep your body hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water.
- Moisturise at least twice–a-day.
- Don’t let your house get too dry. Having the heaters on dries out the air in your home, and the moisture in your skin evaporates quickly. Use a vaporiser or humidifier to keep indoor air moist and prevent your skin from drying out.
- Facials and body treatments: if your skin does appear dry, try a steam facial to push moisture back into your skin cells. I find that steam treatments increase circulation in the skin, so moisture is coming at your skin both internally and externally. Another option is to use, steam and sauna rooms.
- Finally, avoid the baddies that dry out the skin, such as sun exposure (remember to use sun protection even in winter), pollution, stress, poor diet, and substances such as tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.
UK/IE 2013b/00059a; date of preparation: June 2015