WINTER CAN WREAK havoc on your skin, but you don’t need to flake out just because the temperature’s
dropping. Here are my top tips to get healthy, glowing skin all winter long (in between facials and without injections).
Indeed the largest organ in the body. The skin’s epidermis (outer layer) protects your body from invasion and helps seal in moisture. The next layer, the dermis, is where collagen and elastic tissues lie, giving our skin it’s structure and support.
Why so dry?
Dry skin generally has low levels of sebum (oil) and water and is often characterised by a rough and flaky appearance. Most dry skin results from environmental factors including exposure to cold weather with low humidity levels, dry air from indoor heating and hot water from bathing.
Skin Salvation: we all know the importance of exfoliation, which this should be done at a minimum of once a week to get rid of dead skin cells and promote cell renewal. Another ritual is dry body brushing with a loofah or exfoliating gloves just before showering, followed by applying a good rich moisturiser containing humectants (substances that attract and retain moisture) is effective. Look for ingredients such as panthenol (a form of vitamin B derived from plants), shea or cocoa butter.
Feed your Face
The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ holds true when it comes to your skin. Healthy skin can be encouraged by including certain foods in your diet, such as eating plenty of fruit and vegetables – a potent source of antioxidants to help fight free radicals which cause skin damage and skin ageing.
Eating plenty of foods that are rich in omega-3 will also help keep the skin cells lubricated. Foods such as salmon, walnuts, olive oil, soybeans and ground flaxseeds are also excellent sources. See my recent post on the top foods for a glowing complexion.
Although most dermatologists would argue that the skin’s condition is determined specically by external factors, almost all nutritionist would agree that drinking plenty of water for overall health and wellbeing is highly recommended. We tend to forget to drink water during the colder months and don’t realise that dehydration can also occur in the winter time. So quench your thirst with water first to stay hydrated.
USE WARM WATER for bathing instead of steaming hot water and take shorter showers.
REPLACE REGULAR SOAPS with soap-free substitutes with moisturisers that won’t wash away the body’s own oils.
PAT DRY with a towel to remove excess water. Never rub dry.
APPLY A MOISTURISER while your skin is still damp to seal in the water.
IRRITATED SKIN. If your skin is seriously irritated or dry, simple is always best. Opt for fragrance-free preparations developed specifcally for sensitised skin, and avoid over exfoliating.
What’s your winter skin care routine. Please share.