Are you a sun worshipper who adores the summer months, or a winter lover who thrives in cool temperatures? Whatever your seasonal preference, we all know that weather can play havoc with your skincare routine.
Winter weather can suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dull, dry and flaky and don’t get us started on chapped lips. But there are actually some perks to those dark, chilly nights. Winter can actually benefit your skin in more ways than you realise, and cooler temperatures help with anti-ageing.
Don’t believe us and pine for summer sun? Cosmetic surgeon Dr Julian De Silva from the Centre For Advanced Facial Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery explains how the winter months can benefit your complexion:
1. Cold weather clears your pores
Cooler weather can act as a tonic or astringent – reducing clogs and keeping pores less visible and refined. Cold weather also slows down and prevents the secretion of sebum, which waterproofs the skin and hair, keeping shine at bay and reducing acne.
2. Cool nights help you sleep better
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for skin health – reducing circles under the eyes and making sure your complexion stays glowing. Lots of us suffer sleeplessness in the summer heat. Coldness mimics the body’s natural drop in internal temperature, which occurs around two hours after we hit the sack. Therefore, most sleep scientists believe that a slightly cool room contributes to a full night’s rest.
3. Winter weather promotes circulation
Cold weather promotes blood circulation in both the face and body – reducing inflammation and swelling to the eyes and face.
4. Cold water rejuvenates the face
Think of the rejuvenating effect of splashing your face with cold water in the morning – it keeps your skin tight, vibrant and radiant. Well, cold weather works in the same way with your skin.
It’s why cold showers benefit the skin. Cold water tightens your cuticles and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged. The chilly water can ‘seal’ the pores in the skin, preventing dirt from getting in. Hot water has the tendency to dry out our skin.
6. Chilly temps put colour in your cheeks
Moderately cold temperatures train your blood vessels to be responsive – causing redness in the checks. It means you can leave your blusher at home. So get out in the cold for that bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked, all-natural look.
7. Clean air revives tired skin
Winter means goodbye to all the bad air quality and high ozone levels so common in the spring and summer months. The crisp, clean quality of cold air makes this time of year a great time to be out in nature, taking long walks and deeper breaths of fresh air and rejuvenating the skin.