While big, cosy sweaters and cups of hot chocolate can do wonders for your mood, winter doesn’t have the same pleasant effects on your skin.
The cold weather and drier air, combined with dehydrating central heating, can leave your skin dry and rough in winter. It becomes more sensitive to pollution and shaving, and more prone to premature ageing too.
But don’t worry, this season can be full of winter handsomeness. With a chance to repair, renew and reinvigorate your skin.
Winter-Proof Your Skin
Prevention is the key to keeping your skin in good shape all winter long. So before we get on to skincare advice it’s worth mentioning that it pays to take better care of your skin from the inside during winter.
Two things which will make all the difference -
- a better diet Try to Include foods rich in healthy fats and protein (like fish, walnuts, flax-seed, olive oil, soybeans) and vitamins A, C, and E (such as red peppers, broccoli, spinach, oranges, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, sunflower seeds, almonds). These will all help maintain your skin’s natural protective lipid barrier.
- drinking more water To counter the dry air, it’s important to drink plenty of water to keep your skin healthy. Don’t underestimate the dehydrating effect of central heating and exercising outside.
Redness, sensitivity, irritation and dry, flaky skin; winter is particularly tough on your face. A gentler, more hydrating skincare is required.
So follow these seasonal grooming tips to winter-proof your skincare routine.
CLEAN WITHOUT OVERDRYING
You naturally produce more oil, or sebum, on account of your testosterone levels, a hormone that drives oil glands. Excess oil clogs pores leading to shininess, larger pores and spots, so it pays to clean your face twice a day all year round.
Washing your face with only soap and water can over-dry your skin at the best of times. But in winter it’s really important that you don’t rob your skin of essential moisture.
OTIS Daily Face Wash cleanses and refreshes but crucially it contains GLYCERIN so it provides extra hydration too.
It’s also worth remembering that washing your face in hot water will dehydrate it even more. So opt for lukewarm instead - the same applies whilst showering.
Exfoliating dead skin cells will definitely brighten up dull winter skin.
This is especially important for men over the age of 25. That’s when the rate at which the skin sloughs off dead cells slows down.
Cold air causes dehydration and dry, flaky skin so it’s essential to exfoliate those dead skin cells away. It also makes skin more receptive when you add hydration. Allowing your shave cream and moisturiser to sink into your pores and really go to work.
The right exfoliator will not only re-invigorate your skin. And by clearing away the dead cells will prevent in-grown hairs from developing.
OTIS Daily Face Wash exfoliates gently with Lactic Acid (not as scary as it sounds!) so that you can use it every day without irritation – even if you have sensitive skin.
NOURISH AND PROTECT WHILE YOU SHAVE
Let’s be honest, when the temperature drops, shaving can become a painful task. There’s nothing worse than being outside in the ripping wind with a raw, razor burned face
Try introducing a more hydrating product to your shaving routine. This will protect against irritation and sensitivity.
OTIS Protective Shave Cream includes Shea Butter and Glycerin to improve hydration. It protects and regenerates the protective lipid barrier of the skin which becomes depleted in winter.
A richer cream like this provides more protection between your skin and the blade.
Hydrating Apricot Stone Oil allows for an easy razor glide too, resulting in much less irritation.
It also contains soothing aloe and allantoin to calm your skin and soften your beard for a smooth shave
It’s all you need for your gentlest, easiest shave this winter.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
You’re always going to look your best if your skin is healthy and hydrated, and this is especially true in winter. Don’t wait for your face to get so dry that it needs to be rescued. Moisturise. Every. Single. Day.
That doesn’t mean having to use a thick heavy cream that will leave a greasy feeling.
OTIS Hydrating Daily Moisturiser is as deeply hydrating and nourishing as a heavy balm. But is still lightweight and easily absorbed, so there is no greasy feeling.
With Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe and Glycerin it will keep your skin soft and hydrated all day long.
We have also included D-Panthenol to calm any redness and irritation from cold winds. It will also restore the barrier function of the skin for immediate comfort.
Anti-oxidants combat the aging effects of winter. While peptides stimulate natural collagen production.
Even if you have oily skin, it’s still essential to use a moisturiser in winter that will hydrate and nourish your skin.
Your face won’t feel greasy or break out if you use our Hydrating Daily Moisturiser. We promise!
DON’T SKIP THE SUNSCREEN
It’s totally possible to get sunburned during the winter so protecting your skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays is a year-round job. And for those working outside, sunscreen is always a must. We don’t include a sunscreen in our Hydrating Daily Moisturiser because it causes it to become too thick and heavy.
And you should reapply sunscreen throughout the day, especially if working or playing outside. This is not necessary with a moisturiser. The best way to protect your skin is to use a sunscreen that is light, absorbs well and is super-effective – one that you will be happy to keep re-applying. We think ANTHELIOS by La Roche-Posay SPF50 is the best around.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR HANDS
Your hands can get painfully dry in winter as well. While it’s very important to wash them often during cold and flu season, soaps and anti-bacterial hand sanitisers can be overly drying. You’ll need to restore that lost moisture. We recommend using OTIS Hydrating Daily Moisturiser on your hands too. It will deeply hydrate but without leaving a sticky, greasy feeling.
Alternatively, KIEHL’s make an excellent Hydrating Hand Cream which includes Shea Butter. We especially love the Grapefruit version for it’s delicious, fresh scent.
KEEP YOUR LIPS MOIST
You don’t need to be told that licking your chapped lips will only make them crack and peel worse. Instead use a lip balm, but not one that will dry your lips out even more. Avoid those containing menthol, alcohol, artificial colours and fragrances. Our favourite – NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm.
The cold weather may not be your skin’s greatest friend but follow these tips and you’ll stay looking good all winter long.