Humidity levels fall both indoors and outdoors in winter causing the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) to dry out. This can create tight, dry, red, sore skin with breakouts or flare ups of existing skin diseases such as eczema. Add in extremes of heat from central heating and the blustery outdoors and you have a recipe for some serious skin woes. Here are some LOVESKIN tips to protect your skin this winter.
Exfoliate! You may find that your skin becomes patchy in this weather. Exfoliation will help to even out your skins texture and allow you moisturiser to be fully absorbed. Be very gentle when you exfoliate and do this once a week not as part of your daily routine. Avene have a gentle exfoliator which will suit even sensitive skin, but you can also try a small amount of honey and sugar mixed together. Gently work your exfoliator in circles on your face avoiding the eye area, rinse and pat dry. While the skin is still damp spray on a fine mist of Avene Eau Thermale spray and pat dry. I was initially quite sceptical about spraying Eau Thermale on my face but it seems to be incredibly soothing and is now part of my daily routine.
Moisturise. Once you have exfoliated it’s time to moisturise. If you have prescribed emollient or cream from your doctor make sure you stick with this throughout winter. Many people stop using their emollients as they find them greasy and cosmetically unappealing. If this is the case try applying it at night. For everyone else stick with your favourite moisturiser. Make sure your moisturiser is non-comedogenic to prevent blocked pores.
Serum. If your main skin concern is dryness change your serum to a product which focuses on hydration such as Avene Hydrance Optimal serum or La Roche Hydrphase Intense Serum. Apply this after cleansing and before you apply your nightly moisturiser.
Soothing mask. If dry skin is a problem for you use a once weekly mask such as Avene’s soothing moisture mask – apply to the face for 10-15 minutes and then blot off the excess cream.
Oil….This makes a lot of people nervous as they associate oil with acne but trust me on this one. There are so many uses for a good skin oil. It can be applied directly to the skin (if my skin is very dry I apply the oil to my hands and pat over my nightly moisturiser), mixed into your moisturiser to boost its hydration (2-3 drops is sufficient), or added to the bath. I use Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse of almond oil (make sure it’s a facial oil and not a concentrate).
Don’t forget your lips and hands! I recommend Nuxe reve de miel lip balm. Carry hand cream and lip balm in your bag to apply throughout the day.
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