As the leaves fall and the temperature drops, our skin often suffers. Cold winds and central heating strips our skin of its protective oils, leaving it dehydrated. Not to mention as we head into the party season late nights and poor diets take their toll.
Think of winter as a time to nurture your body, especially your skin, to bring a rosy glow to cheeks and leave you with a soft and clear complexion. A few simple, preventative steps can help keep your skin healthy and beautiful through the winter months;
Feed your skin
Healthy skin comes from within so be sure to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and treat your skin to plenty of nutrient-rich foods. Oily fish like salmon, leafy greens and nuts are all great skin foods and high in antioxidants – Victoria Beckham was recently quoted in the press saying she eats salmon every day to keep her skin clear and glowing. Plenty of Vitamin C in your diet will help protect your skin from environmental damage and Zinc helps to keep your complexion renewed.
As Michelle Hart, senior practitioner at DestinationSkin in Muswell Hill says, “treat your skin as you would your diet, you need vitamins, water, oils and minerals to keep a healthy skin diet”.
Winter is the ideal time for a skin peel; these really nourish your skin and help repair any summer damage. Plus with the cold weather outside; hibernating at home for a few evenings makes any ‘downtime’ after the treatment a dream.
Try layers of care to keep skin super-hydrated and comfortable. Begin with a gentle cleanser using warm (not hot) water to make sure every trace of make-up is removed. This can also be enhanced by incorporating a Clarisonic Mia 2 which cleanses your skin six times more than a normal cleanser. Pat your skin gently dry with a towel and apply an anti-oxidant serum and/or hydrating serum under your moisturiser to prevent and hydrate. Products such as SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF (with Vitamin C) or Dermaquest’s Essential Hydrating B5 Serum can be used twice a day and come highly recommended.
Top off your skin care with products that replace lost moisture, tackle inflammation, soothe dryness and repair the skin barrier and such as Epionce Renewal Facial Cream or Lotion. Your winter moisturiser needs to be richer than you would use in summer, so consider mineral oil-based creams if your skin feels dry, especially at night. Stick to mineral-based creams as they will deliver the moisture you need but won’t clog up your pores.
Protect and reapply
Keep that moisturiser handy all day and re-apply as often as you need to keep your skin feeling comfortable, not forgetting eyes, lips and hands. If you know you are going to be exposed to the elements add protective layers of balm to the eyes, nose, lips to seal-in moisture and prevent damage.
The weather may be awful but don’t forget your sunblock just because the sun isn’t shining. UVA can still cause damage in the winter months so use a good mineral sunblock that won’t clog your skin like Sheerzinc SPF 30 from Dermaquest or Colour Science Sunforgettable SPF 30.
Get some sleep! Nothing restores and refreshes your skin like a good night’s rest. Gently cleanse your skin of all make-up, apply your serum and moisturizer, and snuggle up safe in the knowledge your skin is busy regenerating and repairing itself while you catch those zzz.
If you are struggling with dry skin, then do seek professional advice.
DestinationSkin offers a free initial consultation where you can meet with the relevant practitioner to determine the correct course of treatment for you. Book yours today.