WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL
The last week has really taken its toll on my face. The freezing temperatures & central heating has wreaked havoc with my skin. In turn causing dryness, tightness & giving a lackluster appearance. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone!
If like me, you’re having skin issues due to the changing temperatures, here are some of my top tips to help combat the winter skin blues & help prepare you for spring, when it finally arrives.
MY TOP WINTER SKIN TIPS~
The perfect way for winter skin survival is the easiest, WATER! It is essential for keeping your body in good working order. I know only too well that it’s hard to drink cool drinks on colder days. It can leave you reaching for caffeine filled coffee/tea or that lush hot chocolate instead.
However, you’re only adding to your woes. Caffeine is very dehydrating, so I opt for a mug of hot water with a slice of lemon or lime or herbal tea. It’s refreshing, can aid in digestion & still gives you the essential hydration that you need. It’s also a lot easier to drink when is sub-zero outside.
Swapping your usual moisturiser to a richer formula in the winter is a great way to combat dryness. Go for thicker creamy oil-based moisturisers instead of water-based lotions. It will be a god send for winter skin. Adding a facial oil to your routine is also a good idea.
Why a facial Oil?~
Oils penetrate deeper into the skin layers effectively locking moisture in. They help keep harmful toxins & pollutants out. Oils will also help act as a primer. They do this by smoothing out the surface of the skin. In turn minimising fine lines & wrinkles & helping to plump the skin.
Look for facial oils that contain Moringa oil (used by the Egyptians), Rose-hip or Frankincense. The all aid in the ageing process. By adding a couple of drops to your everyday moisturiser, you can really give your skin that much-needed moisture boost it needs.
I love my Neal’s Yard Remedies re-hydrating rose facial oil. The body shop also do a fantastic selection.
An essential time to add oil to your routine is overnight so whilst you sleep & your skin does its usual repair & regeneration process & will gain all the benefits from your facial oil.
Don’t forget the body!~
Why not opt for rich body butters or body oils to help keep the skin hydrated all over. The Body Shop does a huge range. My favourite is the moringa, it smells divine. Don’t neglect your hands either!
Lips need TLC Too~
My lips also suffer chapping so I use a lip scrub to sluff away the dead dry skin. My favourite lip scrub is the bubblegum scrub from Lush. I then apply a rich vitamin enriched lip balm. Be sure to avoid petroleum-based products because they will only dry the skin further. Instead try rosehip oil, shea or coconut butter or beeswax. Lanolin based balms are also incredible at healing skin. Think nipple creams and balms! My favourites are Weleda Skin food Lip balm or Dr. Lipp.
Try not to lick your lips continuously. Saliva contains acids that help break down food in the chewing process & can irritate & dry out the skin if in continuous contact with it.
Add an extra treatment into your weekly routine. Whilst we are in the colder months it is very beneficial to treat your skin to a weekly scrub & mask. Pick an evening or morning that you can take 5-10 minutes out & give yourself a mini home facial. Not only is good for the skin but it’s great for the mind too. It’s amazing what taking 5 minutes out from life can do!
Give yourself a treat~
A good scrub with creamy textured exfoliator is perfect for scrubbing away dead skin cells & those pesky dry, flaky areas caused by the wind chill. Exfoliating can also help boost your circulation, eliminate pore blockages & help the skins cell regeneration speed up (it does get more sluggish in winter due to the lack of vitamin D that we get from the sun’s rays).
By chemical, we mean acids. These acids help get rid of dead skin cells. They come in various concentrations. Weaker formulas can be bought over the counter, while stronger ones are usually applied by a dermatologist in the form of a chemical peel.
They work by breaking the bonds that hold skin cells together.. As those bonds are broken, the top layers of the skin cells shed, revealing regenerated skin underneath. With regular use, skin feels smoother and looks more even in tone, pores are unclogged, and signs of aging may be less apparent.
Types of Exfoliating Acids
- Glycolic Acid. … Great for Acne prone and Oily skin. Also beneficial to drier skins.
- Lactic Acid. … Perfect for Sensitive skins and those wishing to combat dark spots, scarring and ingrown hairs.
- Citric Acid. … Acne prone skins.
- Mandelic Acid. … Ideal for Mature skin.
- Salicylic Acid. … Good for most skins apart from dry and senstive.
- Tranexamic acid is derived from an essential amino acid and is best known for its brightening abilities. …
- Azelaic acid is “derived from yeast that occurs naturally on the skin” and is technically a dicarboxylic acid… Another which is beneficial to Acne prone and Oily skin.
While acids chemically remove the outer layers of the skin, physical exfoliants do so manually. Taking the form of scrubs, brushes, and procedures like dermabrasion, physical exfoliation can be too harsh for some. It also doesn’t penetrate as deeply as the chemical version and therefore may not be as effective.
Take Caution when using Acids!
When using a chemical exfoliator, you MUST ensure you use a daily SPF. The skin becomes very photsensitive and there is a higher risk of sun damage. You must also err on the side of caution when using acids. You should gradually build up use by starting slow. Try once a fortnight to begin with and then build up. For dry and sensitive skins especially, no more than twice a week.
Once you’ve scrubbed finish with a hydrating facial mask. This will smooth out the surface, replenish moisture, cool & calm the skin. This is the time to sit with a book, have a coffee break or simply sit quiet & reflect on your day. Relaxing for the mind, body & soul! Done before bed, it can improve your sleep too.
Results really do speak for themselves~
Here’s a little snippet of my usual weekly routine- YOU can see the difference from the first picture to the last.
As you can see in the first picture, I came home from work with dull, lifeless skin. The weather really upsets my rosacea so I end up with uneven tones & red areas. My lips are also dry & chapped.
In this second picture, I have come out of the shower after cleansing & toning the skin & using a moisturising facial scrub whilst in the shower. The difference is already noticeable. My skin is more even, brighter & has a flush to it thanks to the scrub stimulating the blood vessels. This, in turn, will allow the regeneration of skin cells by upping the blood flow to the skin.
This is after An anti-oxidant facial mask & moisturising with a few drops of oil followed by a rich moisturiser.
Look at the difference from the start!
The facial mask has helped to take down the redness & the mask has sluffed off those pesky dead skin cells that were giving me the dullness & the intensive moisture boost has given my parched skin what it needs to repair itself.
With these few tips, your skin should stay bright and healthy throughout the cold spell and you should be able to enjoy the snow and frost without sacrificing your skin.
Please do get in touch with any questions or if you need any advice. Why not book in for a hydrating or soothing facial and treat yourself.