Lack of sunlight, freezing cold winds, icy rain, and severe temperature changes when going from outside to inside all cause the skin to act out in different ways…often shown with:
So here are my top tips to help with troublesome winter skin.
Always cleanse your face twice at night – the correct cleanser will not dry out your skin! Deep cleaning will help your serum and moisturiser to penetrate the skin more effectively, relieving the dryness. Thorough cleansing will also prevent irritating blackheads, blocked pores and spots.
Look for AHA’s in your moisturiser – these will help to speed up cell turnover (renewal of new cells), sloth off the ‘burnt toast’ (old cells) which makes our skin look dull and feel rough and stimulate your skins natural moisture from the inside out. My fav is the Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin renewal cream £51.
Thick moisturiser is not the answer – most people think if the skin is dry we need to slap on as much thick lard like product as possible. The problem with this theory is that ultra thick products will prevent your skin from making its own moisture which starts the vicious cycle of NEEDING an ultra thick moisturiser. A great all round moisturiser is Elizabeth Arden PRO Barrier Repair £45, it repairs the barrier function within your skin to desensitise and moisturise. A firm SKIN lounge favourite.
Don’t forget your sun screen! I’ve written a very long blog before about the importance of sun screen so I will keep it brief – please wear your SPF 365 days per year. Damaging light rays and pollution is always around us so even on a cold cloudy day COVER UP!
I would love for you to have facial treatments at least once a month all year round but sometimes life gets in the way. If you can, please please have regular facials in the winter, your skin really needs the extra help at this harsh time.
But which facial is best? With the lack of sunlight an amazing facial treatment is Dermalux Phototherapy £58, this light treatment will synthesise the goodness that sunlight brings to the skin without any of the harmful UV rays. Brightening, healing, desensitising and it only takes 30 minutes! And this treatment is even more amazing when added to our cosmeceutical facial.
And finally, please don’t ignore your skin changes, just a few small tweaks to your routine can make a world of difference to your skin.