With winter just around the corner its time to get your skin ready for the cold and windy weather ahead. Looking after your skin in winter is just as important as the rest of the year. In winter skin can become drier and more dehydrated so it needs a bit more care at this time of year! Drinking more water will help to hydrate from the inside out, 2 litres a day is the minimum.
Thorough cleansing is essential. If your skin is dry try using a creamy cleanser to add oils while you cleanse. Oilier skins are best cleansed with a foaming wash or a clay based cleanser. Exfoliate your skin at night twice a week. Nightly exfoliation makes the products you apply afterwards penetrate the skin deeper than on skin that hasn’t been exfoliated. Avoid exfoliant’s that are very harsh on the skin, they can make your skin become sensitised.
Diminish fine lines
Use a hydrating or nourishing masque weekly to give your skin that plumped look and to diminish fine lines. Using a masque is like giving your skin a drink. Masques are best applied after exfoliation then rinsed off and before a serum and moisturiser.
Protect your eyes with an application of eye cream twice a day. Use about the size of a grain of rice and pat it around the eye with your ring finger so the application is light and doesn’t drag the skin.
Check you’re using the right moisturiser for your skin type. If it doesn’t soak in with 5 minutes its too oily. If it soaks in faster and your skin still feels taut you might need to go for a higher oil content or start using a hydrating serum underneath the moisturiser.
Try to avoid having the fan in the car blasting at your face and if you sleep with the heating on have a bowl of water in the room too. Have a little air circulating in the room if you can. Leaving the bedroom door open or the window slightly ajar will aid sleep and keep skin fresh.
Applying your active products such as serums and heavier moisturisers at night is best. Skin repairs itself while you sleep. Always cleanse your skin before bed especially if you’ve been wearing an SPF. SPF’s are very active and need to be roved so the skin can rest while it repairs itself.
Winter skin routine:
Double cleanse, 1st to remove make up and second to cleanse skin in the evening
Cleanse once in the morning
Exfoliate twice weekly
Use a hydrating or nourishing masque weekly
Apply eye cream twice daily
Apply moisturiser twice daily
Apply an SPF in the morning
With this simple routine you will keep you skin healthy looking all winter.
Joyce Connor is a highly qualified and skilful beauty therapist who owns the successful Reading based company, Brides and Beauty. She has 15 years experience in the beauty industry. Her regular clients range in age from 12 to 87 years old, showing that beauty therapy and make-up are important to self-esteem for all ages. Joyce is passionate about all aspects of her work, being determined to promote excellent and appropriate beauty care for every type of skin tone in the UK.
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