13th Dec, 18
Winter Skin Care Tips
The cold season can wreak havoc on our completions. Extreme cold weather and central heating can leave our skin feeling dry, tight and uncomfortable.
Cold temperatures partly solidify lipids (fats) in our skin and low humidity extracts moisture from the top layers spelling trouble for a merry skinmas.
I have some tips and winter tricks up my sleeve to share with you to give you the upper hand on jack frost.
Don’t stop using an SPF.
Its called Sun Protection Factor - but really we should refer to it as daylight protection factor. The suns rays will still be ageing us and damaging our skin even though we think its not strong enough during winter to be stressing to our skin - winter is stressing enough!
Add an enzyme mask to your exfoliating regime.
Scrub exfoliants are harsh enough anyway without being used on winter stressed skin, so swap them out for gentler alternatives. Enzyme masks are great for gently removing any dry flakey skin -and I would recommend to do once a week - and water loving lactic acid also offers gentle exfoliating whilst hydrating the skin too! win win!
Vitamin C is an absolute powerhouse of a vitamin. Its no old wives tale that it can help support the immune system, so keep yourself healthy on the inside and it will definitely show on the outside. This anti-oxidant effect will also give huge benefits to winter stressed skin, when applied topically. Not only is Vitamin C antioxidant but its also anti-inflammatory and so fabulous for combating redness and sensitivity.
Don’t believe you need to start using a heavy moisturiser
Your skin will moisturise itself! The top layer of skin will communicate to the lower layer of skin how its doing up top. If your skin is covered in a thick layer of cream it will think its got its barrier function covered. This makes your skin lazy as it then wont think it needs to do anything to help itself. Instead keep to lighter serums and moisturisers that contain hyaluronic acid that will help the skin to retain moisture and give THAT GLOW!
Using products containing niacinamide will also improve the skins barrier functioning and prevent water loss and also helps soothe any winter blemishes.
Use the winter to your advantage!
Professional treatments such as chemical peels, IPL, Microneedling can still be performed in the summer months but can be difficult as some sun avoidance is necessary to reduce the risk of treatment complications making winter the perfect time to start getting on your summer glow. Performing these treatments in winter also means your getting some professional help for your skin during the time its needed most, when the extreme temperatures are causing dryness and irritation.
Never skip your night time routine!
Skipping your night routine means youve missed a vital opportuntity to apply products to soothe and heal winter skin AND sleeping in makeup or letting the days activities sit on your skin during the night can hinder the skins regeneration process that it likes to do at night time.
Don't forget your lips
Lips also suffer at the hands of the extreme temeratures and lack of moisture in the air. make it part of your night routine to exfoliate the lips and apply a soothing lip balm. And always keep a lip balm handy wherever you are for on the go lip protection.
Keep SAD at bay
Without as much daylight during the winter months we can feel drained of energy, sad and unmotivated. Get regular exercise, keep up the water intake, maintain a healthy diet, get outside as much as you can - wearing your SPF of course!!