Winterise you skin care regime
When we speak of dry skin, we are talking about the lack of oil in the skin, whereas dehydrated skin, is lacking in water. Did you know that when it is warmer, our skin produces more oil? So when the temperature drops, we produce less oil. Less oil, plus central heating and freezing conditions, equals dry, dehydrated skin. Dry, dehydrated skin is uncomfortable and accelerates the appearance of aged skin. Dry and dehydrated conditions are the death of your elastin which leads to saggy skin!
Even oily skin types can experience dehydrated skin, especially during the winter. Oily skinned people might continue using some of the same products year round but will need to add hydration during the colder months. Normal, dry and combination skinned people will need to use products that are both hydrating and nourishing at this time. So when you look at the products you are using on your skin during this cold and dry winter, consider putting some of your summer products in the refrigerator to preserve them until it warms up again.
Having normal to combination type skin, during the summer months I might use a gel cleanser but during the winter months, I use a creamy or milky cleanser and I will be sure to use an oil based serum along with adding hyaluronic acid to my regime. When it’s cold and the radiators are on, I will use a heavier hydrating cream rather than a lighter hydrating lotion and I will layer with a nourishing cream around my mouth, eyes and neck if it is especially dry. I will use a hydrating mask twice a week for extra relief.
For those who have dry, dehydrated skin all year round, in addition to the steps above, you might need to sleep in a hydrating mask to get that hydration you need. Sleep in the mask 3 times a week to boost your skins hydration.
So, the evening routine for best hydrating results is as follows:
You would cleanse twice, removing the cleanser with a wet face flannel. Exfoliate once or twice a week (I like enzyme or gentle acid exfoliants rather than an abrasive scrub alone). Apply your serums and an eye cream, before applying a layer of the hydrating mask over your face and neck. Leave it all on and go to sleep. Be sure to cleanse in the morning followed by your winter’s day product routine.
When buying your hydrating masks, ask your beauty consultant if the mask is one that you can sleep in before sleeping in the mask. Masks with clay in them are not usually so hydrating and they should not be slept it.
Finally, don’t forget to come in for a hydrating facial every 4 o 6 weeks or add a session of our radio frequency to greatly boost your collagen and elastin production during these colder months. This fabulous treatment will strengthen the skin, reduce sagging and signs of ageing. Book a free consultation for your bespoke skin care regime advice.