Cheap winter skincare tips for studentsBy TheStudentGuide
Protect your skin and your bank balance!
As the winter approaches, our skin flinches – the cold can be incredibly unkind to our most treasured. However by following these relatively simple tips, you can keep your skin healthy and protected all season long...and through to spring...and probably summer soo. English weather sucks.
Moisturising is important all year round but it’s super important in winter. Find an ointment moisturiser which is oil-based rather than water-based, to create a protective layer on the skin which will retain more moisture than a cream or lotion. Many lotions labelled as ‘night creams’ are oil-based. Choose your oils with care, however, because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Non clogging oils like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, and almond oil will all do the trick.
Top pick: Olay Essentials Double Action Day Cream | Buy £6.19 for 50ml.
How to use: Apply liberally whenever your skin feels dry.
Don’t forget your SPF
It may not be hot outside, but that sure don’t mean there’s no sun. The rays from the sun can be strong even if you aren’t feeling the heat and in winter are even more dangerous because they can reflect off the snow. If you can see the sun then that’s excuse enough!
Top pick: Johnson's Daily Essentials 24hour Day Cream with SPF 15 | Buy £4.07 for 50ml.
How to use: Apply an SPF 15-30 to your face in the morning about 30 minutes before leaving the house.
Drink, drink, drink
No we don’t mean alcohol, though there are almost definitely some good nourishing qualities in that too. Probably. But we’re actually referring to water – that age old tip you’ve heard time and time again. There’s truth in it though – water flushes all of the impurities out of your skin and keeps it hydrated and looking fresh. Great outcome for simply drinking what comes out the tap.
Avoid hot baths and showers
That doesn’t mean that you have to shower in cold water, however by avoiding intensely hot water and opting for a warm / lukewarm temperature, you’ll be doing your skin a massive favour. That’s because the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. Play by these rules and even though a less than hot shower might not seem massively appealing on those cold and dark mornings, your skin will love you and you’ll be laughing.
Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells, which in turn allows your moisturiser to work more effectively. There are some great but varied exfoliators around though so make sure you find one which is perfect for you.
Top pick: Sanctuary Skin Radiance Exfoliator | Buy £2.55 for 15ml.
How to use: While face is still damp (morning and evening), add a little to your face and use upward circular motions to rub in. Rinse off with warm water to seal the pores and pat dry.
Choose your make-up wisely
Stick to liquid or cream-based foundations this winter as powders enhance those dryness and flakes which look less than delicious on your skin. And remember not to forget about your lips! They have a tendency to go dry and flaky in the winter and even though the only thing you want to do is lick them, this will only make them worse. Stock up on lip balms, protectors and chap sticks!
Top pick: Hemp Lip Protector from The Body Shop | Buy £4 for 10g.
How to use: Apply to lips whenever dry throughout the day.