31 Jul How to beat dull and dry winter skin
The harsh winter months can wreak havoc on your complexion, often causing dry and flaking skin due to dehydration. Here’s how to beat the build-up of dead skin cells and maintain a healthy glow:
Use the right skincare:
Winter can cause dehydration, and depletion of the epidermal lipid barrier contributing to dry, red and irritated skin. To maintain function of this lipid barrier and prevent moisture loss, look for products and treatments with vitamin B3 for stimulating immune function, vitamin C for strengthening elastin and protecting against destructive free radicals, and vitamin A for collagen synthesis and repair. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is also a must! It can hold hundreds of times its weight in water, so is great for increasing hydration and improving elasticity in the skin. Pairing regular HA mask treatments with other rejuvenation treatments like LED is a great way to maintain softer, smoother and more hydrated skin during the winter months.
Combine your skincare with the right treatments:
There are a number of treatments that we recommend clients undertake in winter to beat dull and dry skin and as they prepare for the warmer months. Acid peels are a perfect way of lifting dead cells and stimulating fresh new ones, contributing to a healthy glow and building barrier strength, while treatments such as Genesis laser and IPL can repair vascular damage and reduce sun spots. These treatments target fine vessels and pigmentation in the skin creating a smoother, healthier complexion.
Keep using sunscreen!
Many people think it’s not necessary to continue everyday sun care throughout the winter months because it is less sunny, or because we stay indoors more. Wearing an everyday broad spectrum SPF is vital in protecting your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, and is just as important in winter as in summer. UVA rays can penetrate through clouds and glass and play a major part in ageing, not to mention the potential to cause skin cancers. Natural, zinc-based sunscreens have anti-inflammatory properties – perfect for protecting and soothing dry and sensitive skin.
Don’t forget your lips:
Keeping your lips hydrated during winter is key. Many lip balms available over the shelf in supermarkets or chemists contain ingredients that dry out your skin. A great tip is to use your antioxidant rich eye cream on your lips day and night. Sounds crazy but it works! For those with chronically dry lips, there is a great new hyaluronic acid filler that provides hydration but not volume.