Posted June 25, 2013 by in Skin and Body Care

In winter we experience extreme temperature changes. The colder it gets the more we tend to pile on the clothes , switch on the heater and keep ourselves covered up this can and does have an impact on the skin of both the face and the body.

What can I do to winter proof my skin?
For the Body
It is so important during the colder months to stimulate the blood circulation and slough off all the dead skin that is hidden under our many layers of clothing. Dead skin which is not removed will flake off inside your clothing, bed linen and on your towels and this will make a fabulous feeding ground for bacteria.
Granulated exfoliator softens with spherical beads of silicon or peach pip are the most common, as are the latest trend of sugar and salt scrubs. Alternatively there are exfoliators with Alpha Hydroxy Fruit Acids available for the more refined and gentle approach.
** some of my favorites are Rain Africa Body Scrub, Hey Gorgeous Fudge Sugar Scrub

I know the last thing that you feel like doing in winter is moisturizing your body …its cold and the cream makes you feel even colder. However hydrated skin lives longer, it does not get that dry grayish appearance and it remains smooth, supple and able to put up a defense against the harsh winter weather.
My personal favourite is always body butter with its rich, creamy and smooth texture leaves your skin feeling comforted and alive. Another alternative is a dry body oil, to warm up just place the bottle in a basin of warm water for a few minutes.
** some of my favorites are Rain Africa’s Aloe & Avocado Body Butter , Hey Gorgeous Vanilla Whipped Body Butter, The Body Shop’s Brazil Nut Dry Body Oil, Nimue Treatment Body Oil

For the Face
Again it is important to remove dead skin and stimulate the skins circulation, however here I would caution you to use a non-abrasive exfoliator, and rather opt for an Alpha Hydroxy Acid exfoliator. Why? Well your skin is being subjected to the cold, heaters, fire places and air conditioners these cause the capillaries in the skin to expand and contract continuously as you get warm and cold, making the capillaries vulnerable to collapsing and resulting in the fine threadlike little 'veins' on the surface of the skin especially around the chin, cheek and nose area.
** my personal favourite in this instance is hands down Nimue’s exfoliating enzyme and Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant

With the extreme weather and all our means to stay warm we actually cause the air to be much drier and result in surface dehydration of the skin. It is thus important to boost the skin every week and make use of either a hydrating or nourishing mask, dependant on your age, skin type and personal needs.
** some of my favorites are Clarins Hydra Quench Cream Mask , Dermalogica’s Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Mask