So we all know that with the colder & harsher weather coming in that we need to alter our skincare routine. Realistically, a lot of people do not do this until they encounter an issue due to the weather changing.
Not only is our skin going to be exposed to lower temperatures, wind & rain…..we will be indoors with the heating on/fire lighting and probably having hotter showers.
On top of this, a lot of us are heading back into offices which will, more than likely, have extra air conditioning and air purifiers which will be very drying to the skin.
So now is the time to switch things up! The changes don’t need to be huge but there are a few things we can all do to help protect our skin now.
If you don’t exfoliate, now is the time to start. Removing dead skin cells will ensure your products can actually penetrate your skin and do their job. Once a week is sufficient for exfoliating. You’ll need to ensure you are using a product that suits your skin as you don’t want to do more harm than good! There are 2 types of exfoliant;
PHYSICAL– Involves a granular scrub which buffs the surface of the skin, removing dead skin cell build up.
CHEMICAL – Enzymes and acid based products which exfoliate as they dissolve the bonds between the dead cells allow for dead skin cell removal.
Use the right cleanser – Cream cleanser is best to use in the winter as it doesn’t dry out the skin like a gel cleanser can sometimes do. Remember to double cleanse to 1. clean the day off your face 2. clean your skin
Next up is your moisturizer….. you’ll need to make sure your moisturizer is right for your skin type and a little heavier than what you have used during the summer as you need to add a protective barrier & lock in that hydration. Also you need to keep up your SFP use and try to use one that also protects against blue light from screens (lets face it, we are all on them more!)
Now…..do you take a skin supplement? Now is as good a time as any to begin. Vitamins A&B are a good place to start – Lack of Vitamin A can cause breakouts. It promotes natural moisturising, helping with hydration and giving skin a glow. Lack of Vitamin B can cause dry & flaky skin, cracked lips & wrinkles, can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight leading to redness and irritation.
Add Retinol– it pumps up the dermis and is the answer to glowing skin. Winter is the one season where people complain about dull skin. Use a good Retinol (Cosmetic products contain retinol that will not penetrate the skin, you need Cosmeceutical products) Use it gradually to allow your skin to get used to it. Even better…..come into us for a skin treatment & advice on the best product to use.
Products we recommend:
Image Prevention This hydrating, all-mineral daily SPF moisturizer delivers broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Now with zinc oxide that rubs in seamlessly, leaving a sheer, weightless finish under makeup or on its own. Formulated with Digital Aging Defense, it helps to protect against blue light from phones, devices and the sun.
Iluma Brightening Powder This water-activated, micro-exfoliating powder helps bring brighter, more even-toned skin to light. It gently polishes and buffs away radiance-impairing dead skin build up to brighten and illuminate your skin. Gentle enough for daily use and perfect for all skin types. You can mix this with your cleanser and it can be used on skin affected by Rosacea!
Vital C enzyme mesque This naturally brightening vitamin C masque works in minutes to give skin a radiant, healthy-looking glow. With two nourishing forms of vitamin C and fruit enzyme exfoliants, it gently dissolves dry, dull skin build up, revealing brighter, more even-toned skin. Mix with the Image Ageless masque as a mini facia if you’ve got an event on.
Ageless total Repair cream This age-defying crème diminishes dullness and supports the look of youthful, smooth skin. Its dual resurfacing system features glycolic acid and time-released, encapsulated retinol to fight the appearance of wrinkles, uneven texture and tone. Start off slow with this one if you’re new to retinol and build up your use gradually!
All info from our Skincare obsessed Tammy x