It’s not just during the warmer months that we need to take special care with skin.
Sunscreen is essential all year around if you want to protect your skin from UVA and UVB damage. And when it comes to weathering colder seasons, which dry out and dehydrate our skin, you need to stay on top of your skincare routine if you live in a climate where temperatures plummet.
A few additions to your daily routine will keep your skin in tip-top condition, without succumbing to dryness and dehydration in the winter months.
Cleanse and exfoliate
“These general skincare tips are even more important in the winter months,” advises facial aesthetics specialist Dr Pamela Benito. “Our skin suffers a lot in the changing temperatures and it’s important to make sure that you are removing dead cells from the surface of the skin.”
Our skin picks up a lot of dirt and germs during your day-to-day life, so it’s important to ensure you have a thorough evening routine. “Try using retinoid products, such as a cream or serum, on your skin in the evenings,” says Dr Pamela. “These products contain a derivative of vitamin A that helps to reduce signs of ageing and makes skin appear fresher and more hydrated.”
Kim Kardashian is a big fan of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion.
Using an antioxidant product in the morning, the majority of them containing vitamin C; a key component in protecting the skin from free radicals, will help to combat the ageing effects caused by pollution. Try Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, a super-effective serum which contains antioxidants and Vitamin C. Huda Beauty’s Huda Kattan swears by it.
Use hyaluronic acid
“Hyaluronic acid is something that our bodies already create and it helps keeps the moisture in our skin, creating a more dewy and youthful appearance,,” explains Dr Pamela. “As we age, however, production of the acid decreases, so using a serum can help combat the signs of ageing.”
Sunday Riley’s Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream contains the hydrating acid and has a cult following due its transformative effect on the skin.
Invest in a humidifier
When it’s cold, we understandably use the heating more in order to keep ourselves warm. However, domestic radiators dry out the air, causing the skin to become dehydrated.
“Investing in a humidifier will keep the air moist in your house, making it gentler on your skin,” says Dr Pamela.
“Even though it’s cold and you may not be able to see – or feel - the sun, it is important to make sure you still protect yourself from it, as the sun's rays can still have an impact on your skin,” warns the aesthetician.
Sunscreen will offer the best form of protection, but you can also use moisturisers that have SPF, such as Perricone MD Photo Plasma SPF 30 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser, an oil-free moisturiser that creates an invisible shield against environmental aggressors and guards against UVA and UVB damage.
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