Winter can be harsh on your skin. Between the low humidity, icy winds (thanks Melbourne) and indoor heating, the season is full of triggers for a dry and flaky complexion. But, while there’s not much you can do about the weather, there are ways to improve your skin.
1. Increase Moisture
Winter’s low humidity zaps moisture from your skin, leaving it dry, dull and more sensitive than normal. To combat these issues, you should keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Try swapping your lightweight summer moisturiser for a richer formula. A nourishing cream-based moisturiser containing antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E will work perfectly. Just massage it into your skin after gently cleansing to boost hydration levels and help soothe dry skin.
Lifestyle factors can also affect your skin. By implementing simple changes, such as swapping your usual coffee for antioxidant-rich green tea, you can help keep your complexion hydrated from the inside out.
2. Boost Healing with Ultrasound Therapy
If you’re using a rich, hydrating cream and are still experiencing excessively dry skin, don’t throw it away just yet. While it may seem like your moisturiser isn’t working, there may be another explanation.
Your skin acts as a protective barrier, meaning that while your moisturiser and creams are being absorbed, their active ingredients may be unable to penetrate to the dermal layers below. Thankfully, ultrasound therapy treatments, such as Vitamin Infusions, use sound waves to help deliver nourishing and beneficial ingredients deeper into the skin.
3. Don’t Over Exfoliate
Although it may be tempting to exfoliate away all that dry, flaky skin, you should resist. In winter, over exfoliation can be the enemy of fresh, radiant skin. In fact, it can actually leave your skin drier than before.
The solution is to reduce exfoliation and increase hydration. If, after doing this, you’re still having issues, try opting for a gentle method of exfoliation that works on a deeper level, such as Microdermabrasion, which removes dead cells without aggravating your skin.
4. Avoid Hot Showers
A hot, steamy shower may feel fantastic on a cold day. But, it can also be bad for your skin, especially if your skin is already dehydrated from the harsh winter conditions. By stripping away your skin’s natural protective layer, long and frequent hot showers can increase moisture loss, resulting in dryness, flaking, and irritation.
To show your skin some TLC this season, try turning down the heat in the shower to a lukewarm temperature. Also, avoid unnecessarily long showers and washing when you don’t need to. If you insist on having a hot shower, keep your face out of the water flow. And, no matter what temperature your shower is, remember to moisturise afterwards to lock in hydration.
5. Try a Laser Facial
Winter makes the perfect time to book in for a laser facial. The treatment, which uses photoacoustic technology to stimulate collagen production, can work wonders on a tired winter complexion. It can also treat specific skin concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, congestion, acne, and scarring.
The pre- and post-care requirements for a laser facial also make it ideal for winter. Specifically, the requirement that sun exposure must be avoided for two to four weeks prior to treatment and two weeks after treatment make it much more ideal for winter than summer.
Additionally, a laser facial can easily be teamed with microdermabrasion and vitamin infusion (two other fantastic winter treatments) for superior results.
6. Remember Sun Protection
It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about shielding your skin from the sun. While there is less UVB around, the levels of UVA are still strong enough to age your skin. So, you may not have to worry about getting burnt, but you should be aware of fine lines and wrinkles. To protect your skin from the sun’s ageing effects in winter, be sure to wear sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy.