During the warm summer months, we tend to be aware of our skin and take extra care in making sure we look and feel our best. Whether it is laser treatments, tanning or peels, we do what we need to ensure our skin looks its best. For many of us, winter can mean we forget about our skin and how it looks and feels. We tend to wear much more clothing, covering up what we don’t like. We feel like no one really sees our bodies throughout winter (well not like in summer), so we tend to neglect it a bit.

What many of us don’t realise is that the winter climate and lifestyle can wreak havoc with our skin. The most common issue is dry skin. Due to us cosying up in winter with our air-conditioners and heaters and wearing more clothing. Not to mention more hot showers and hot drinks. All these things dry our skin out. They cause dehydration, tightness, and itching, as well as cracked and chapped lips, elbows and knees.

Dehydrated or dry skin not only feels terrible, but it also prevents your body from eliminating toxins through your skin. This in turn makes your skin more susceptible to skin problems and disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis, discolouration, uneven and dull skin and even premature wrinkling.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are several ways to keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout the winter season. Follow these simple tips and when the cold months are over and we begin stripping off our layers once again, your skin will look so amazing. There will be little work to do to get back into the summer vibe.

Moisturise your skin

1. Moisturiser and sunscreen

One of the most damaging aspects of the colder seasons is our constant use of heaters and air conditioners to keep warm. Totally understandable and necessary. However, they are not so kind to our skin. We aren’t suggesting that you don’t use them. No way, I am a cold fish and I need to stay warm to function. So maybe if we can use them a little less, that would be amazing. But if you’re like me and think that would be totally impossible, then we have the solution for you.

Yep, that’s right!

The use of heating strips our skin of moisture and breaks down our skin’s natural barrier. Which means it cannot effectively protect itself from external stressors. So, we need to both add nourishment and strengthen the skins natural barrier. While creating an outer protective armour to shield it against external aggravators, such as irritants, bacteria and pollution.

You might want to use something a little more nourishing than you normally would. Our amazing Superfood Renewal Cream is perfect for all skin types. It is packed with powerful antioxidants, Vitamins A, D & E, & essential fatty acids. The unique blending of Lemon Myrtle, Olive Leaf & Davidson Plum Extracts provides a gentle base of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial properties. This combined with its unique ability to stimulate cells works to regenerate cell renewal & promote healing. In turn, improving the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Whilst providing an added exfoliating action with apple-derived Malic Acid and Pomegranate to effectively increase the rate of cellular renewal and reveal a refreshed, brighter skin tone.

As if that is not enough, we have also added the amazing Jojoba Oil, as it mimics the skins natural oil production. This along with the use of Shea Butter allows this cream to really penetrate the skin for deep hydration, locking in moisture to keep your skin looking healthy & hydrated. It also contains many essential fatty acids, powerful antioxidants & vitamins to ensure your skin is protected from the elements & the signs of ageing.

The cold temperatures and winds that leave your skin dry and agitated allow for UV rays to penetrate your skin much easier. Wearing sunscreen will keep you protected from these damaging rays. Remember even when the sun is not shinning, UV rays are still getting through to your delicate skin, causing damage. This is particularly necessary if you ski, as the UV levels are higher in the alpine region and the snow is highly reflective. Sunscreen should be worn all year round because even though we might not feel it, the damaging UV rays are always there, damaging and ageing our skin.

If you prefer to wear an SPF moisturiser, try Abbey Jade Day Cream SPF 15. It is a decadent natural lotion with the ability to both deeply hydrate, repair and protect without the use of harmful chemicals. With an SPF 15 rating achieved by using only natural sun barriers (Zinc Oxide and Red Raspberry Seed Oil), this Lavender and Vanilla infused daily cream is an effective way to prevent future sun damage. This can be partnered with Abbey Jade Neck & Night Cream.

The ultimate nightly treatment balm, for both the face & the neck & décolletage. Our beautiful Night & Neck Cream provides a collective blend of Quandong (Australian Native Peach), Kakadu Plum and Vitamin C to help hydrate and repair damaged cells whilst you sleep.

glowing skin2. Serums  

We have to up the ante when it comes to maintaining healthy skin during winter. One power punch way to do this is to add a serum to your skincare routine. It’s quick and easy and will give you amazing results. Serums contain highly concentrated active ingredients, ensuring rapid and lasting results. To keep on top of dry winter skin, a serum is a must. Abbey Jade Vegan Collagen Serum is a perfect solution. It is a multifunctional serum using seaweed collagen to help repair & strengthen the skins natural collagen and elastin. A silky-smooth serum that moisturises, rejuvenates & regenerates stress & weather-damaged skin. All you need is a few small drops for each application and your skin will thank you for it.

So don’t wait any longer, your skin deserves the best. A powerful little remedy like Abbey Jade’s Vegan Collagen Serum is packed full of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients. Tried and tested, a good serum can indeed be the difference between a dull and glowing complexion.

3. Exfoliate

As we have already discussed, between the cold air outside and the dry indoor heating, your skin cells dehydrate and die faster in winter. When this happens, it causes a build-up of dry, flaky skin. This in turn causes a dull, thickened appearance and prevents any product you apply from absorbing efficiently into the skin. So, you most definitely want to buff away these dead cells so new cells can rejuvenate and do their job effectively without obstruction.

The bottom line is if you want beautiful skin that allows your products to work effectively you need to exfoliate. Many people leave this step out and dismiss it as not necessary. However, we believe exfoliation is actually the most important step of all. Without it, your other products can’t work to the best of their ability and your skin is not working at its best either.

When we exfoliate, our superficial skin cells send signals to the layers of cells below to increase new cell production. This speeds up cell renewal and returns our skin to a radiant, youthful glow. And that is exactly what we want, right?

So, get buffing, without another moment’s delay!

Abbey Jade Cosmetics offers a range of revolutionary, natural exfoliants that are full of specialised active ingredients to provide gentle but very effective exfoliation, rejuvenation & nourishment to the skin. They are designed to treat specific skin conditions, resulting in a calmer, more hydrated & smoother skin texture.

These peels/exfoliants produce an immediate reward of fresh, clean skin & a visible reduction of pore size with evidently firmer skin. After using one your skin is better prepared to absorb further active ingredients, intensifying their benefits.

For a brighter, more youthful-looking skin all year round, it is as easy as these three simple steps. Make your summer skin glow easily by allowing it to glow all through winter too.

Check out our article DO YOU WANT TO GLOW NATURALLY? to learn how to eat well and improve the health of your skin.