Winter isn’t always kind on skin. The drop in humidity combined with icy winds and the effects of indoor heating can leave skin dry and flaky. And while you might be tempted to just suffer through, with the promise of brighter days – and skin – with spring’s arrival, there are ways to maintain the glow and feel radiant.
The primary cause of dry dull skin in winter is a lack of moisture. So taking care to both reduce the amount of moisture-loss while ramping up the hydration is key.
Skip the hot showers
Hot, steamy showers are the perfect antidote to cold winter mornings. We know there’s nothing nicer than standing under the flowing water as you go from sleepy to ready-to-face-the-day.
But hot water is notorious for drying out your skin. The skin has a natural protective layer that helps to keep the moisture in. But long or frequent showers can strip away this layer, leading to faster moisture loss. This in turn can aggravate your skin and cause redness, flakiness, and even rashes.
The best option is to keep the water at a lukewarm temperature and shower only when you need to. But if you really must blast the hot tap, avoid putting your face directly under the stream and keep it as short as possible.
To combat the drying effects of low humidity, you want to up the moisturisation. After showering, take advantage of soft skin and replace some of the natural oils you’ve lost by moisturising straight away. For extra nourishment, look something containing Vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants which will help to combat your dry skin now and prevent the signs of aging with regular use.
In fact, if you really have only limited budget to invest in quality skincare, opt for a good moisturiser. Unlike cleansers or exfoliants, moisturisers are designed to sit on the skin all day so you want something that’s going to do the job.
Avoid over exfoliation
Over exfoliation is the enemy of fresh, radiant skin in winter. But increased dryness can encourage additional exfoliation. This in turn leaves the skin drier and more prone to peeling. It can be a vicious circle.
The solution to flaky skin is to actually reduce the amount of exfoliation, but when you do it, to go deeper. Microdermabrasion gently removes dead skin cells and smooths the skin, leaving it smoother and fresher looking with less aggravation of the skin.
The other benefit of microdermabrasion is it allows for additional treatment with serums and lotions, which can penetrate deeper and be more effective. When you apply lotion or cream to a layer of dry skin, only the top level gets the hydration and the next time you wash your face, the nourishment is washed away too. When fresh skin is revealed, it’s able to absorb much more of the active ingredients.
Treat yourself at home
If you’re spending a night in on the couch watching Netflix, you might as well make double use of that time by giving yourself an intensive at-home beauty treatment.
Give your feet a soak in a warm bath, gently slough off the dead skin, then slather in a thick moisturiser and pop on a pair of cotton socks. Give your hands the same treatment, soaking them up to the elbows in a cleansing bath then gently exfoliating before added on a rich hand and nail cream.
Finally, apply a deeply cleansing mask to your face then follow up with an infusing mask, and a layer of rich moisturiser.
Sweat it out
While exercise might be the last thing on your mind in winter, a good sweat-sesh can have positive benefits on your skin. Sweating opens up the pores in your skin, allowing impurities to come to the surface. Sweat also protects your skin from bacteria like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus by secreting an antibiotic called Dermcidin. Get yourself down to a hot yoga session and beat the cold while getting your sweat on.
Get the good fats
Healthy fats can be deeply moisturising for your skin when fed from the inside-out. In winter especially it’s important to dose up on foods containing nutrient rich Omega-3, which can have anti-inflammatory and healing qualities. Likewise, healthy fats can help your body absorb vitamins A, C and E, which are vital for combating the effects of aging and giving you radiant skin. Get your daily dose from fatty fish and oily nuts.
MySkin Laser Clinics provides expert skincare treatments to help you look your very best, whatever the season. Call your nearest clinic today to book your complimentary appointment.