This will be our first winter in the Vale and although we are extremely excited at the first sight of the chill I know it is time to mix up my skincare routine to maintain a hydrated, glowing complexion.
Here is a short guide for preventing, soothing and managing dry skin.
Change up your diet
Gut health has been linked to skin health. We recommend a Mediterranean style diet which is rich in olive oil, avocadoes, oily fish and nuts. In addition increasing your daily intake of fats with some omega supplementation may help with dry skin. With the festive season fast upon us try not to overindulge with alcohol and caffeine as they act as a diuretic and will only add to dehydration. Try drinking around 2 L of water per day.
Organise your home
Dry air means dry skin. Try to keep your central heating on a low or moderate temperature to avoid drying the room air too much and consider investing in a humidifier for the room you spend most time in.
You still need SPF!
Winter time means less UVB but levels of UVA (UV-Ageing) are still significant enough to age our skin. A daily high UVA rating sunscreen all year round will protect your skin from anti-ageing effects. UVB is the wavelength that stimulates Vitamin D production so levels may drop over the winter months. If you think you are at risk, supplement with oral Vitamin D3.
In addition to Vitamin D, others to consider are Vitamins A & C which work in synergy for healthy skin with Vitamin A considered one of the most important vitamins for skin. Vitamin C will protect against UV rays, stimulate collage, reduce redness and reduce inflammation.
Tweak your daily skincare routine!
All the serums and the creams in the world will not prevent dry skin without a light exfoliation. Consider a gentle exfoliant, something with a mild glycolic, salicylic or lactic acid to remove the dead skin at home or invest in a professional peel to brighten and tighten your skin which will ensure you get the most out of your skin care products as well as encouraging skin health. This will combat the dull appearance of Winter skin. An antioxidant serum is perfect for all year-round usage but particularly important in Winter. Application of a Vitamin C formula as the first layer in the morning will help reduce sun spots, breakdown of collagen and fine lines. For moisturisation consider swapping your lotion to a cream and massage it into your skin for around 30 seconds.
Prevent dry lips!
Make sure you seal your lips with an effective ointment at all times. If you are skiing remember lips are at high risk for sunburn so a physical sunscreen will help reflect UV away from your lips and skin.
I hope this little guide will help maintain your hydrated and glowing complexion over the cooler weather. For a complimentary skin care consultation with Charlotte please contact firstname.lastname@example.org