Suffering with cracked, dry skin? We’ve all been there! As winter draws in and the cold begins to bite, our skin often is the first to suffer as all the moisture is sucked out of it! It can be hard to maintain a good skin care routine in winter, but here are our 8 top winter skin care tips that could help you out over the coming months.
1. Use Natural Soap
We would recommend avoiding soaps and lotions that are water based and filled with chemicals. Oil based soaps are the way to go through winter, as they add a protective layer over your skin that locks in moisture. Look out for products that contain coconut oil, avocado and almonds, as these ingredients will reduce clogging of your pores than can cause spots.
2. Moisturise Before Bed
You probably already have a skin care routine that you go through every day whether you know it or not – applying moisturiser after a bath or shower, washing your face in the sink each morning… etc. One more item on this list during winter needs to be moisturising before bed.
Firstly, it is so important that you take off any make-up before you go to sleep, as leaving it on can have dramatic effects on your skin! After you have removed it, wash your face with lukewarm water and then apply a rich moisturiser.
Our skin is constantly producing new skin cells to replace the ones that have died (the cells that cause the dryness). Therefore it is important that we clear away all our dead skin cells regularly to make way for the new ones by exfoliating.
Stay away from products that contain plastic micro beads, as these have been shown to do harm to our environment when they are disposed of, so instead we recommend using products that have natural exfoliators such as sugar and kernels. Just make sure not to scrub your skin too hard, as you don’t want to get rid of healthy skin!
4. Protect Your Extremities From The Harsh Weather
It’s no coincidence that it’s our hands, feet and face that suffer the most with dry skin, as they are the parts of our bodies that are most often exposed to the elements. Make sure to wrap warm whenever you go outside with hats, scarves and gloves to keep them as protected as possible.
5. Wash In Lukewarm Water
Now we know that it can be hard to resist getting into scalding hot showers and baths when it is so cold outside and indoors, but you must try to stay away from really hot water! Overexposure to hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils – the ones that keep your skin soft! If you do have to have hot showers or baths, just make sure to keep them short; otherwise, stick to slightly cooler water.
6. Humidify The Air
The dryness of the air during the winter months is what causes our dry skin so, as well as moisturising, it is a good idea to try and humidify the air as much as possible. Step forward the humble humidifier! You can pick them up from home stores and online for as little as £10, with the ability to set timers so they turn on during the night when your skin can get the maximum benefit of the extra water in the air. Be careful when using humidifiers around people with lung and breathing conditions such as asthma, as they can act as an irritant.
7. Drink Plenty Of Water
It goes without saying that if we are hydrating our skin from the outside, we should be hydrating them form the inside as well. Aim to drink around 8 glasses of water per day (or around 1,6 litres for women and 2 litres for men) to get the optimum hydration. Try to not drink too many diuretic drinks, such as tea, coffee and alcohol, as they encourage your body to urinate – therefore losing liquid!
8. Use Lip Balms
Chapped lips are the bane of many people’s lives through winter, so make sure that you always have a lip balm or chap stick on hand to alleviate the irritation. However, some lip balms are more effective than others. Pick lip balms that do not contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerine, as they actually pull moisture from the skin and make your lips dryer.
Great Value Cosmetic Packaging
Here at Ideon, we stock a wide range of quality cosmetic packaging at fantastic prices and, with no minimum order, you can order as many or as little as you need!
For your winter lip balm range, we have a couple of options for you. If your product is more of a lip gloss, the 10ml Clear Glass Roll On Bottle is ideal. The accompanying roller ball insert and cap arrive to you not attached to the bottle, so you can easily fill the bottle before screwing them on yourself. When you buy in bulk, you can get them from as little as 35p per unit!
For solid lip balms, our 4.3gm White Lip Balm Tube is perfect. It has a twist up base, as is standard for lip balms, and is made from white plastic. The smooth sides of the tube leave plenty of space for your branded stickers to be placed. Only 17p per unit when you buy in bulk quantities!
For lotions, creams and body butters, we have a variety of fantastic options for your beauty business. Our 100ml Squat Screw Top Jars are made from clear PET plastic (which is recyclable), with a choice of two lids to pick from: aluminium screw on or black plastic screw on. For as little as 24p each, they’re a great choice for small businesses on a budget.
Our 100ml Black Arese Jar is stylish, robust and comes with a protective black shive (cover) that sits across the neck of the jar to prevent the product from going into the lid and creating a mess. It’s an ideal choice for packaging body butters, hair styling treatments and a wide range of other cosmetic products.
Check out our full range of cosmetic jars, bottles and applicators by simply clicking right here.