Between rain, wind, hail and icy temperatures, the long, cold days of winter can be a tough slog – especially for your skin.
It’s not uncommon for sensitive complexions to become dry, red and sore as the year comes to an end, but there’s plenty we can do to keep our bodies feeling happy and healthy throughout the darkest season.
As Mia Petersen, from sustainable Danish brand Urtekram, explained: “Just as we would swap our clothing for the colder months, there are changes we need to make in our beauty products. From using more hydrating ingredients to avoiding harsh chemicals, there’s lots of things we can do to ‘winter-ify’ our routine.”
Are your locks feeling a little lacklustre? A build-up of excess products in your hair could be sapping your shine and drying your scalp.
Petersen explained: “While there is no real prominent season for dandruff, winter can cause havoc on the scalp, with the air less humid and skin feeling drier.
“Many may even find themselves cutting down on shampooing due to cold temperatures not causing hair to become as greasy, which can lead to a build-up of excess products, generating harsher flakes on the scalp.
“Using an anti-dandruff shampoo, such as Urtekram’s Brown Sugar Shampoo (£6.69, biggreensmile.com), allows the scalp to receive extra care. Golden cane sugar crystals and moisture magnet aloe vera provide a soft foam and nourishing ingredients directly to the scalp. When using an organic shampoo, make sure to wash the hair twice before rinsing completely.”
“In the summer months, it is common to look for cooling ingredients and scents such as a refreshing peppermint,” continued Petersen.
“However, in the autumn and winter, we want to feel warm from the inside out. So, opt instead for scents like pumpkin, cinnamon or even a warming spicy orange. Lathering our bodies with a scented wash that also has caring ingredients will hydrate the skin.”
Nourish and repair
Petersen said: “It’s important to use hydrating ingredients that nourish the skin. Products containing acids, such as glycolic and salicylic, can irritate skin, especially in the winter months when skin is more sensitive.
“Look for moisturising ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera and vitamin E to hydrate the skin and replenish – a good moisturiser will lock in hydration and create a barrier on the skin.”
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