There are times in the year when we really notice our skin feeling different, maybe not as healthy as it can be. And from autumn into winter this can be one of those times.
Let's be honest, winter can be a tough time and it's the same for our skin. The cold outdoors, the rain, the wind and the dry heat indoors from central heating can really assault our skin.
So how do we help ourselves through the winter to protect our skin?
Here's 5 easy ways to start:
Let's get the most obvious one out of the way.
We need to try to main our level of hydration throughout the whole year.
We can become dehydrated so quickly and if we have consistent dehydration the body holds onto this water and the skin is the last organ to get it- dehydration can really dry out the skin leading to fine lines, flakiness and premature ageing and sagging skin.
Dehydrated skin ages faster than well hydrated skin. It is an easy one to restore with consistent behaviour.
2. Vitamin D
3. Nourish our Skin
Once we're committed to hydrating our bodies and skin lets lock-in the moisture to help protect our skin.
A good nourishing moisturiser suitable to your skin type is essential and maybe a richer cream at night time during the winter.
Continue to use SPFs throughout the winter.
Although we are less exposed to UVB rays (burning rays) we are always exposed to UVA rays (ageing rays) from technology and general cloudy daylight.
A good SPF is one that says it is Broadspectrum- this means it protects against both UVA and UVA rays.
Exfoliating our skin in a gentle way is also important to help our bodies get rid of those dead skin cells, help our moisturisers to penetrate and helps the new fresh cells be seen.
Both Vitamin A and Vitamin C are great exfoliators – although don't use them at the same time! Pick one and go with that.
Vitamin A is an excellent exfoliator and has been proven to help improve cell quality and skin density. It is a fab way to improve fine lines, scarring and acne.
Vitamin A comes in various strengths which affects the results but it can help most skin types with the exception of very sensitive skin types and pregnant or breast feeding mums where it should be avoided.
Vitamin C is another excellent exfoliator and is also an antioxidant. It helps to improve radiance of the skin, improve cell turnover so those dead skin cells are not left hanging around resulting in flaky skin and dryness.
5. Get Cosy
And let's just remember to be kind to ourselves. Those long nights are perfect for just relaxing, eating well and catching up on boxsets and a good book. Reducing stress levels is always good not only for the skin but body and mind too.
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