The winter months play havoc with our skin. The cold, wet, and windy weather combined with central heating is an assault to our skin which is the largest organ in the body and is our systems early warning signal that something is amiss.
According to the British Skin Foundation a quarter of Doctor’s appointments relate to skin problems during the winter months. An interesting fact, and one that we would agree with, we have an influx of clients at this time of year with an array of skin concerns. Its not only harsh weather that can exacerbate skin conditions such as rosacea or environmental sensitivity but stress, lack of sleep and poor diet all play a part.
‘Protection is better than cure’. at this time of year the elements can prove harsh on the skin, using a nourishing moisturiser and an SPF will help, we often find clients don’t use an SPF at this time of year, just remember UV rays are getting through all the time, winter or summer. At night it may be worth using a richer night cream or adding a serum to your regime, the skin replenishes at night time so while you sleep the skin is getting a little extra help.
Drinking water helps to keep your skin soft. It can be difficult to drink water in the cold months when a cup of coffee sounds so much more appealing but you can include herbal teas in your daily intake, which should be around 2 litres. Once you get into the habit it does get easier I promise. The skin functions much better when it is properly hydrated, you will find spots heal up more quickly and in fact all your systems work better as the body is constantly flushing out toxins.
Fruit and vegetables contain between 80-98 percent water. Eating watermelon, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, beets, carrots and celery are just a few of the choices to improve your hydration.
Avoid foods with high levels of salt, like peanuts and crisps which dry the skin out and rob the body of water.
Is your cleansing routine up to scratch?
Shower gels and hand wash gels tend to dry the body, hands and cuticles out, using a hand cream after washing and a cuticle oil at night will restore the moisture.
Body exfoliation using dry and wet brushing also helps with cellulite as well as removing dead skin cells. Using body lotions, oils and body butters afterwards to soften and smooth.
Get professional advice to ensure you are using the right products for your skin, there are many products on the market that contain ingredients that will dry and aggravate the skin.
Have a look at our best selling products for a dry/dehydrated skin
- Environ Vita -Antioxidant moisturiser. Due to their high levels of active ingredients, Environ products are a consultation only skin care line and may only be purchased following consultation with us. Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 1 is the first vitamin A moisturiser in the Skin EssentiA Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM™.This cream contains a low concentration of vitamin A and vitamin C as well as antioxidants and botanicals. Vitamin A has many benefits, it keeps the skin firm and healthy, locks in moisture so is great for hydration and promotes cell renewal.
- Environ Intensive Hydrating Serum contains a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid (a known moisture magnet) and may help to leave the skin visibly smoother and plumper with more resilience.
- Super Moisturiser contains a variety of dynamic moisturisers and emollients that may assist in enhancing the effects of the skin’s barrier function, as well as its natural moisturising factors. It results in skin that feels nourished and refreshed.
- Hydrating Clay Masque. This luxurious, creamy clay masque assists in absorbing excess surface oils and gently polishes the skin’s surface, leaving it feeling smoother and looking more radiant and refined.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any advise on the products we have mentioned above.