Winter Skin Hacks - As seen in Neighbour Media (St Ives New Quarterly Magazine!)
Updated: Jul 26
Winter Skin Tips
Tight skin, rough knuckles, chapped lips? Say hello to winter, it is definitely the antidote to happy skin. So what to do? Read on and discover some tid bits of information and pieces of advice that can help you achieve that happy, hydrated skin you’re after.
1. Limit your shower time and temperature. Yes, soaking in a beautiful hot shower is divine, but not for your skin. It strips it of its natural oils. So make sure you lower the temperatures (I’m not saying cold showers, that will be another article all together) and shorten your shower time.
2. Immediately after your not-so-hot shower, apply a thick mosturiser to your skin which will seal the moisture in. Don’t wait too long or your chance to seal is gone.
3. Wear sunscreen (even on the grey, overcast days). Whilst there is less UVB around in winter, levels of UVA (or UV-ageing as it is known in the dermatology world) are still significant enough to age our skin. I don’t like ageing my skin unnecessarily.
4. If you’ve been wondering when the best time to start professional skin treatments is, it’s NOW! With sun exposure before or after such procedures there is a higher risk of unwanted post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. As well, you want to be as pale as you naturally can be for IPL hair removal treatments, no fake tan on either until afterwards. The treatment process will be fewer (so cheaper) and more effective than treating you with your summer glowing skin. If you are keen to remove pigmentation and broken capillaries, again the treatment will be more effective the paler you are. Plus you can cover up in clothing (unless treatment is face, then make up) so no one will see the healing skin just the amazing results in summer. Autumn and winter therefore represent opportunities for many IPL and laser treatments and chemical peels. Call your salon!!
5. Rosehip oil, rosehip oil, rosehip oil. EVERYONE needs it. Rosehip oil is your very good friend.
· Dry, dehydrated skin? Rosehip oil
· Acne prone skin? Rosehip oil (Not only will it help fight scarring but will balance oil production and DOES NOT CLOG PORES)
· Freckly and/or age spots you want reduced? Rosehip Oil (Even for hyperpigmentation)
· Want to boost collagen? (Who doesn’t?) That’s right, your trusty Rosehip oil wins again.
It’s literally the oil for all. Go get some now. NOW!
6. Lastly, cleansers. You must use the right one for your skin because the wrong one can be quite detrimental, despite your good intentions. For example if your skin feels tight after cleansing, this indicates you’re missing some oils and water after that cleanse. You are not using the right cleanser.
· Dry skin – try cream or oil based cleansers
· Oily skin – foaming and liquid cleansers are better for you
· Acne prone skin – a cleanser with an antibacterial wash in it
Your skin should feel amazing after a cleanse, not dry, oily or still with remnants of makeup. So if you experience anything like the forementioned, you need to rethink your cleanser.