While Singapore is blessed with year round sunshine and warmth, visits to colder climates, or even being exposed to a constant icy blast from air-con in the office or at home, can have an effect on the skin, causing it to loose moisture. While the problems that arise are harmless, they can none the less be slightly painful or at least irritating. Here are some tips to give your skin some extra TLC to soothe and prevent cold weather skin irritations.
Cold weather, wind and even the heat from being indoors can dry out your skin by sucking out the moisture. Banish dry skin and keep it soft, supple and younger looking with a gentle cleanser followed by a rich body butter with aloe. Avoid products containing alcohol and soaps as they dry out the skin.
Due to a loss of moisture from the skin, it can appear sallow looking and lack lustre which is due to a build-up of dead skin cells. Treat your skin with gently exfoliation once a week, as it’s your skincare arsenal and will help to keep skin glowing.
Unfortunately chapped lips and cold weather come hand in hand causing them to be painful and even to bleed. Keep your kissers in perfect condition with a deep moisturising balm which preferably contains Vitamin E and, if you’re ski bunny-ing down a mountain, it needs added SPF.
Many of us forget to moisturise our hands at the best of times, but neglecting to do so when it’s chilly will not only leave them looking aged, but it can also leave them sore and cracked. Avoid antibacterial lotions which dry them even more and use a rich hand cream containing glycerin to help seal in moisture, keeping hands hydrated.
Little or no moisture in the air will also affect your hair, whether it is dandruff from a dry flaky scalp or frizzy, fly-aways. To ensure your tresses remain looking post salon worthy and healthy, use an anti-dandruff shampoo, followed by a deep conditioning treatment, and finish with a silicone based serum to keep fly-aways in check.
Cold weather decreases circulation, and the nail needs a healthy supply of blood flow to the nail bed to remain healthy so make sure hands are kept toasty warm in gloves.
Cold dry air causes dead leading to blocked pores. Gently exfoliate and change your skin care products and avoid products containing alcohol, so they won’t dry out your skin even more. If your skin is too dry it can start to over produce oil to compensate. Drink plenty of water to flush away toxins.