Winter Skin Care
Updating or even keeping your beauty routine throughout the colder months when your skin can be dry and sensitive can be challenging, but is crucial.
Knowing how and when to apply all those scrubs, serums, oils, toners and masks can be confusing. In fact according to a recent survey from Boots, nine in ten women feel overwhelmed by all the lotions and potions on the market.
So, to make life simple I’ve put together a guide below for a quick and easy go to.
Cleansing prevents pores becoming clogged, and helps your night cream penetrate your skin better.
Cleansing every day is a must – once in the morning and twice in the evening. Apparently “double” cleansing at the end of the day makes sure all make-up, pollution and daily grime comes off.
You can use cream or oil – for dry or sensitive skin oil cleansing is best, especially if using natural oil such as safflower or calendula. You only need a very small amount – warm in your hands first and then massage carefully into your face, gently around your eyes; leave to work for a couple of minutes then wipe off either with a hot cloth or warm damp cotton wool. Very effective to both skin and purse!
Facial toners are an important role in your daily skincare routine and should be used after cleansing. Toners help to remove any final traces of dirt or impurities and can also help to nourish and hydrate your skin, as well as balance the pH levels, tighten and close pores, reduce oiliness and encourage a clearer, smoother complexion.
Serums are like the superheroes of your beauty routine. Full of powerful active ingredients, they help to rejuvenate, repair and protect your skin from the harsh winter elements. By applying serum in the morning (before your moisturiser) you can protect your skin against free radical damage.
Once skin is cleansed and nourished you need to lock in all of the active ingredients with a good moisturiser containing a decent level of sun protection – SPF 30 or higher is recommended. UV damage is responsible for much of the ageing process and, unfortunately, we can’t escape these harming rays even in the cooler months.
Your skin rejuvenates itself while you sleep and night cream is meant to assist that process.
However, I don’t use it (…… sharp intake of breath!) I read a long time ago to leave skin clear at night so it can breathe and rejuvenate itself. This to me makes perfect sense. Although I do everything else here, I don’t use night cream and never have. The choice is obviously yours.
Dry skin can be in need of moisture and nutrients in winter.
It requires both water and other essential vitamins and nutrients to be able to heal, repair and regenerate the epidermis which is does on a fortnightly cycle. Give your skin an extra weekly treat with a face oil (such as regenerating rosehip) by massaging into your skin last thing at night, paying particular attention to the skin round your eyes, mouth and forehead.
The right face mask can help to nourish and hydrate the skin, cleanse and detoxify and improve the appearance of your pores.
A perfect winter treat for jaded complexions.
To help with your winter skin care the following offer is available throughout January and February:-
Express Facial (25 minutes) – reduced to £20
Relaxing Facial (45 minutes) – reduced to £23
Offer excludes vouchers and mobile
Keep healthy and well this January.
Many thanks for reading.