Good old winter! We love it and hate it. Love is the joy of having a gingerbread latte in a red cup from Starbucks, Christmas jumpers and the idea of cuddling up in front of the TV with a blanket and Netflix. Bliss.
The flip side is skin stress! Between the harsh temperatures outside and the moisture zapping central heating inside, your skin needs a little more TLC then usual during this time of year, and we have some tips of how to beat the winter skin blues:
1. Drink Water
This may seem obvious but we tend to drink more water during the summer and less in the colder months, as we opt for hot drinks such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate. However, water is essential for keeping the skin hydrated and maintaining that winter glow. If the idea of a cold glass of water gives you the shivers, go for a mug for hot water with a couple of drops of fresh lemon.
2. Choose the right winter moisturiser
When picking a moisturiser, avoid petroleum based products as they tend to dry out the skin and pick a moisturiser that has natural, nourishing, oil based ingredients. This will help to lock the moisture back into the skin and replace the essential oils. Use this twice - first thing in the morning and the last at night to avoid dry, sad looking winter skin!
Try Dermalogica's Intensive Moisture Balance moisturiser & you can pop in to get it from us, or pick it up at your next appointment!
3. Don't forget the sunscreen
Just because summer is over, doesn't mean you can say goodbye to your sunscreen. Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 before you leave the house in the morning, to protect your skin from the elements. Remember, that just because it may be slightly (read: very; it is England after all!) cloudy, UV rays still affects the skin.
A facial exfoliant can help remove dead skin cells from your body. Add this to your skin care regime once a week to be left with fresh feeling skin that is ready to be moisturised.
One of the best exfoliants is the Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant, as it's gentle but still very effective and easy to use. Tap out 1/2 teaspoon of the powder into your wet palm and gently massage into the skin.