As temperatures fall and the air gets drier, your skin pays the price. Come winter, the skin is less able to protect itself, this can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration, and ultimately, inflammation.
It’s easy to forget your skin needs a little extra TLC in the winter months. To give you a helping hand, change up your routine and keep your skin glowing, youthful and hydrated in this most challenging season.
Here’s how to keep your skin glowing……
Start by using thicker moisturisers equipped to protect the skin’s barrier. Another skin saver? Kinder, gentler cleansers that hydrate (rather than harsh exfoliating or foam formulations), since skin irritation can increase along with dryness in colder weather.
Finally, an effort to hyper-hydrate and soothe the skin should never come at the cost of ditching daily sun protection. Sure, you may not be seeing as much of the sun, but UVA rays — the aging and cancer-causing rays that penetrate through windows and clouds, and into the deepest layer of skin — are still kicking, all day, every day.
As you continue to battle the elements, here’s how to keep your skin glowing.
SWITCH UP YOUR EXFOLIANT TO A CHEMICAL ONE
Chemical exfoliants do not cause micro tears and are somewhat more gentle, but they do resurface the dry layer of skin and give the cellular regeneration process a kick start. They come in a variety of different treatments, so they are easy to slot into any routine. Chemical exfoliants are grea at getting rid of dry flaky skin, so it can better absorb moisture.
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EMBRACE AN OIL
Winter makes our skin very vulnerable and less able to defend itself, adding oils into your routine, you are strengthening your skin barriers, preventing moisture loss, and locking in hydration for a plump and glowy complexion. And yes, they are suitable for all skin types.
Add three drops to your moisturiser, morning and night. Elemis Superfood Facial Oil is a natural blend of highly concentrated superfoods deeply nourishes and hydrates. Antioxidant and omega-rich broccoli, flax seed and daikon radish feed the skin, helping to plump and smooth. Lightweight, non-greasy and easily absorbed, this oil will leave your skin balanced with a healthy, radiant glow. It will take your skin from scaly lizard to juicy plump!
A MASK OR TWO IS A MUST
Skin looses a lot water in winter, think hot showers and heating, so, consider sleeping in a hydrating mask twice a week to lock in as much moisture as possible. When you feel like winter has got the better of you, reach for Laneige Water Sleeping Pack, an overnight, moisture-recharging gel mask that quickly absorbs while you sleep to deeply hydrate skin.
This mask recharges your dehydrated skin while you sleep, formulated with highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver high doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Calming Sleepscent™, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood, and it relaxes and comforts while apricot and evening primrose extracts to brighten and purify fatigued skin. The result: skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed, and soft so you wake up with soft, glowing skin.
After cleansing, Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray, followed by a hydrating serum: Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum Intense Replenishing Hydration to really help secure and lock in more precious moisture, finish with Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief.
Hyaluronic acid is the best addition to your skin care regime to boost your moisture intake. Slot it into your morning and night routine and feel the difference, Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Intensive Moisture Quenching Bi-Phase Serum is brilliant.
KEEP SKIN CALM
Winter makes skin sensitive, so switching to an oil or balm cleanser will keep your skin clean without stripping. Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser, this innovative formulation is infused with moisture-replenishing shea butter and nourishing grapeseed oil to leave skin comfortable, soft and supple. It is a good idea to Perricone MD Pre:Empt Refreshing Shower Mask, which is activated by the steam in the shower. It soothes weather-battered skin and protects from heat stress.
DON’T FORGET SPF
SPF is a must in winter! The less intense winter sun fools us into a false sense of security and makes us think we don’t need to wear SPF. WRONG. It’s still capable of wreaking havoc. While UVB rays (the ones that cause sunburn) are weaker in winter, UVA rays (which cause premature skin ageing) remain the same all year round. Neostrata Targeted Treatment Sheer Physical Protection SPF50, is super lightweight, does not leave any chalky or oily residue and sits beautifully under makeup.