Most of us are pretty good at taking care of our skin during the spring and summer, with all that time spent applying suncream, aftersun, fake tan and hair-removal creams. And minimal pool-side make-up while on holiday means that the skin on our faces gets a welcome break, too.
But as the temperature drops and Winter kicks in, we shrink back into our woolly tights, hats and coats, and our skin can often be neglected.
Plus central heating, coarse clothing and comfort eating/drinking can all be detrimental to your skin, leaving it pale, lack-lustre and dehydrated, so it is important to remember some ground rules regarding healthy winter skin if you want to glow at the Christmas do this year:
* Drink plenty of water: through the summer, we naturally tend to drink more water and eat more watery foods (think salads by the pool!), but in the winter, we swap our light bites for stodgy comfort foods and hot – often caffeinated – drinks. Make sure you drink your eight glasses a day to keep your skin fresh and supple.
Before having children, one thing I wasn’t quite prepared for was the amount of extra baggage I would need to take with me everywhere I go! My handbag used to be all about me – now when I go out, I have to fish through the multiple toys, books, crayons, nappies, and mini hats and gloves every time I need my purse. Actually, as a spending deterrent, it is pretty effective. But the sheer weight I have to carry around now makes the pushchair a welcome addition to any shopping trip!
Another thing that came as something of a shock to me on becoming a parent was the number of new products I would become exposed to – twenty-five different types of nappy cream, seventy-five different baby sun creams, hundreds of antiseptics and countless moisturisers to choose from. But after five years, I feel like I have narrowed it down to less than a handful of products, leaving me with room in my bag for at least my keys if not the odd lipstick!
After what seems like a particularly long winter, it’s a real treat to head to sunnier climes and soak up some warmth. But even if you’ve opted for somewhere that still has a cool breeze before the real heat of the summer, or are heading off on a skiing or snowboarding holiday, it’s important to remember that there are Winter sun health risks, it can still burn, even if it doesn’t feel hot.
There are several reasons why winter sun can be just as dangerous as the rays we are all so good at protecting ourselves and our children from during the summer months.