The good news it that it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are our top tips to combat winter ravaged skin.
Drink more water
In winter, our water intake drops as we aren’t as active or sweating like we are in the warmer months. Decreased water intake can lead to dehydration, sluggish lymphatics, darker under-eye circles, and even breakouts in the skin. Flush away toxins and hydrate your system from within with 2-3L of water per day.
Humidify your space
Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) is the process of water being evaporated externally from your skin. Heaters and Air conditioning are prime culprits of TEWL in winter. Decrease your skin’s water loss by adding a humidifier to your room or workspace. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air, so your heating is less likely to dry out your skin.
Go easy on the hot showers
Hot showers dilate blood vessels and zap moisture from our skin. On your body be sure to follow each shower with a nourishing and hydrating body lotion to replace lost moisture.
Washing your face with hot water can also lead to long term broken vessels on your nose, cheeks and chin. Use warm water on your face, or best yet opt for a face washer or cleansing cloth to minimise the sudden flush of blood flow hot water can bring when cleansing.
Don’t forget your lips
Our lips are skin too and are just as prone to the same dehydration and lack of nourishment as the rest of our face.
The catch is, mass-market lip balms are filled with low-quality ingredients and artificial fragrances, designed to keep you hooked in a cycle of constantly having to use, reapply (and repurchase) again and again.
Work smarter at keeping your lips dewy and plump this winter. Gently exfoliate away dry dead cells on your lips with a lip scrub, before coating them in a hydrating, replenishing lip treatment. Reapply before bed to wake up with soft supple lips.
We love Medik8’s Mutiny Squalene Lip Balm and Enenomey’ Lip Nutrition.
You can also consider a visitor with our injectable team. Hyaluronic acid is the primary ingredient in HA fillers. It attracts and retains moisture and has the ability to hold several times its weight in water.
Update your skincare routine
Cleansers and moisturisers should be reassessed seasonally. If your skin is feeling tight and dry, and your’re running for the moisturiser immediately after cleansing, there’s a good chance your summer cleanser is too strong for your skin in winter.
Likewise, with your moisturisers, if your skin still feels dry after moisturising it’s most likely a change to your serums and creams is needed.
Consider a lightweight cream or oil-based cleanser (depending on your skin type) for winter, paired with a more hydrating or heavier weight moisturiser. We recommend Biopelle stem cell cream and Skin Ceuticals triple lipid restore
PRO TIP: Adding a Hydrating Serum under your current moisturiser is a great start. We recommend Biopelle daily serum & Medik8 B5 intense serum.
If you're still not sure where to start, come in for a professional skin consultation. Book with our in-house Dermal Clinicians.
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