The season is changing, so should your skincare routine change too? While there are some adjustments that need to be made in the colder months, Thembelihle Lephoko from Clere Radiance says there are also many myths about winter skincare – some of which can be harmful to your skin.
Lephoko tackles the top 5 myths for winter skincare:
1 Sunscreen is for summer
The sun’s rays don’t change in winter – UVA and UVB rays still penetrate the skin, causing damage and marks. Using a stand-alone SPF product or even an integrated SPF product will help keep your skin protected all year round.
2 There’s no need for toner
Some people worry that a toner will further dry out their skin in winter. Lephoko says that a toner helps to keep your skin in good shape by shrinking the pores. It’s an important part of the cleansing routine and something that should not be abandoned due to the weather.
3 You don’t need as much water
Hydrating your body, and importantly, your skin is an all-year-round job. Not only do all the cells in your body rely on water to function, but your skin remains turgid and glowing with a healthy supply of water daily.
4 Colds and flu don’t affect my skin
If you’ve ever had a cold, you know that a couple hours in you resemble Rudolph with a bright red nose. Colds and flu make the skin sallow, but the constant use of tissues to keep a runny nose at bay can leave it dry, chapped and red. When you feel your nose starting to drip – use a petroleum jelly to keep your nose coated with a film of moisture. Your skin will thank you!
5 It’s too cold to cleanse twice a day!
We see you. Yes, you! Avoiding your cleansing routine at night and rather hopping into a warm bed with a cup of hot chocolate before drifting off, is not a good idea. Don’t do it! Continuing your regular cleansing routine is as important in winter as in summer. And remember: removing grease and grime from your skin helps reduce premature ageing!