With the cool weather here in Hong Kong, we’re all set to refresh our wardrobe with coats, scarves and boots, but chilly temperatures and cold winds also mean it’s time to switch up your skincare routine. It’s not just the temperature outside that can affect our skin, with the hot and dry air from heaters indoors also taking their toll––resulting in dry and dull skin.
To help you adapt your skincare routine for the impending cold, we talk to Joanne Ang, co-founder and skincare formulator of Kansoskin. She gives us tips and recommendations to ensure that our skin will survive the harshness of winter.
Cut back on showering more than once a day
Joanne Ang: Depending on your daily activities, showering once a day is more than enough during winter. Over-cleansing is actually doing your skin a disservice as it strips away your skin’s precious moisture and causes dryness. When your skin is dry, it’s prone to redness, tightness and irritation. It may even exacerbate existing skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea.
If you are used to showering twice a day, try rinsing with just plain water in the morning and reserve your cleansers at night before bed. I recommend using a gentle, low pH, hydrating cleanser such as Rovectin Skin Essentials Conditioning Cleanser that’s not non-stripping for your skin. It’s also fragrance and essential oil-free for those who are trying to avoid fragrances. While it is tempting to use hot water, especially when it's cold outside, please avoid doing so. Using hot water will only further strip away your skin's natural moisture, so I recommend using lukewarm water instead.