Guide to winter skincare
The biting cold and chill winds can take their toll on our skin. Follow these expert tips and recapture that healthy glow.
The winter months can have a drying effect on the face, hands and lips – basically, any part of the skin exposed to the elements. Taking a few practical steps to protect your skin can make a real difference, and a good place to start is by taking in plenty of liquid. Drinking water, tea and herbal infusions etc. will keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Follow that up with this additional skincare advice.
“During the winter you may find you need a richer, creamier moisturiser,” says Alice Hart-Davis, creator of Good Things skincare. “Cold weather and wind dry out skin, as does central heating. Moisturiser helps to stop the skin from drying out, and the creamier it is, the more it will help your skin retain water.”
Wear gloves when it's cold out to shield them from the elements. Avoid washing your hands in water that's too hot or too cold; afterwards apply a rich, moisturising hand cream.
“Lips suffer, too, so do yourself a favour and invest in a lip balm before they get chapped – any kind of lip balm that you actually like using because then you will use it,” says Alice. “If you’re concerned about how much of the stuff that you may be consuming (a lot of it does get licked off), go for an organic brand such as Hurraw.”
Your winter skincare routine
“Always perform a weekly exfoliation treatment to remove any dead skin cells on the surface layer of the skin, and keep the skin looking vibrant with a healthy glow,” says trained beautician Phillippa Lunn, general manager at Advanced Esthetics Solutions. “Protect your skin with an SPF (minimum SPF 15) from the outside environment, as this places a barrier over the skin for protection in all weathers.”
Professional exfoliation treatments offer a deeper level of exfoliation than a standard facial scrub you'd use at home, she explains. Choosing a facial that incorporates microdermabrasion techniques can help lessen the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other skin problems.
“A further benefit of professional exfoliation is that it enhances the penetration of skincare products used on the skin,” adds Phillippa. “I would recommend the GeneO+ by Pollogen treatment, a novel skincare treatment which targets anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation. The patented OxyGeneo technology is an unprecedented skincare procedure, which delivers three essential treatments simultaneously: exfoliation of the outer skin layer, infusion of unique revitalising formulas and oxygenation from within.”
For more tips about looking after your health and wellbeing all year round, browse our healthier you articles.