You absolutely can… you just need to know how! Wintertime means lots of great things like drinking peppermint mochas, breaking out comfy old sweatshirts and bundling up for long Netflix-binges, but it also means that the elements are suddenly against us. The humidity in the airdrops just as we are cranking up the hot water in the shower and blasting the heat every chance we get. Little do we know, these small comforts are sucking precious moisture out of our skin leaving us with dry, brittle, and chapped skin. There are a few simple tricks for getting through winter without feeling like you’re turning into a dried-up prune. And here they are:
Whilst a little exfoliation is great for sloughing off those surface dead skin cells, you don’t want to overdo it. Over-sloughing will get your whole system out of whack, leading to skin irritation, redness, inflammation and even wrinkles.
Avoid the Hot Showers
If you are into taking long, hot showers, you’re wreaking havoc on the top layer of your skin. This is the layer that consists of oils that help you retain moisture. The heat of the shower combined with the ingredients in the soap strips this layer letting the moisture escape and your skin dry. The longer and hotter the shower, the drier your skin
Lock the Water In
Oil on the skin is necessary to hydrate and protect the skin from water loss, so invest in a good quality moisturiser. Timing is important when applying your moisturiser. Apply your moisturiser straight after you’ve cleansed and applied all necessary serums, to ensure no further moisture loss. The skin must have hydration locked in topically to create a strong barrier function. It’s like having a paddock and sending the cows into the paddock. If you don’t lock the gates the cows will get out.
Drinking water is great for our health, especially since our bodies are made up of 60% of the stuff. It’s often easier to hydrate in warmer weather because we feel thirsty, but it’s equally as important to hydrate in winter. With our skin being the largest organ in our body, it is also the last to get the hydration, so don’t neglect the water simply because we aren’t feeling thirsty.
EFA Supplements, Yes Please!
EFA stands for Essential Fatty Acids and are an incredible partner for dry skin. EFAs nourish and waterproof the skin from the inside out. Taking EFA supplements gives the skin the nutrients it needs as they feed the membrane of our skin cells. Within 3 weeks of taking a high-quality EFA, the skin will begin to flourish as the right kind of oil is produced resulting in skin that is soft, supple and bright. This is a result that can only come from the inside.
Seek Help from a Trained Skin Therapist
Come in for a professional skin diagnosis to determine your skin concerns, what’s creating those concerns and how to treat them. A date with your skin therapist is the perfect way to identify the hydration levels in your skin and get you started on a home care plan to suit your needs.
Have Regular Skin Treatments in the Cold Months
Visiting the skin clinic for a regular treatment will work wonders. Your skin will get a boost in hydration by increasing blood flow and oxygen, a deep cleanse to slough off all the dead and dulling skin cells, a vitamin infusion to put the life back into your skin and a refreshing splash of hydration to leave your skin soft and supple. With these tips, you should be able to prevent dry winter skin before it starts. And you’ll be much happier curled up on your couch when your skin is just as comfortable to be in as that old sweatshirt.