10 Tips For Perfect Skin This Winter
During winter, our skin bears the brunt of foul weather, dehydrating central heating, not to mention stinking colds and runny noses. It needs mollycoddling back to health. Start in the morning: no need to take out the heavy artillery, a simple spritz of thermal or floral water will get rid of toxins accumulated during the night without irritating your skin. At night, gently cleanse with micellar water, a face oil or a cleansing lotion that you can lightly massage on to your face.
It's freezing outside, baking indoors... Temperature changes harm the hydrolipidic film, meaning our epidermis loses its protective barrier. To keep your skin soft and supple, apply moisturising, lipid-rich treatments. The star active ingredients? Hyaluronic acid, collagen and glycerin. You can also opt for 100% natural ingredients such as aloe vera, shea butter or honey. Massage them in every morning so that they fully penetrate your skin. And don't forget your neck!
Give your immune system a winter time boost and combat fatigue with royal jelly. It acts as a natural stimulant and is bursting with vitamins B, mineral salts, trace elements and amino acids. Added plus? It's one of the best, natural ways to improve cell renewal! Taking supplements for 3 weeks will slow down skin ageing, reduce pigment spots and hydrate dry skin.
If your skin has a hard time with windy tube stations or over heated offices, then opt for moisturisers designed for sensitive skin. They're slightly thicker than the norm, meaning they leave a protective coating on skin. This helps blood flow and prevents spider veins from appearing.
Don't wait for your skin to cry out for help... As soon as it feels tight, stingy or itchy, warm up a few drops of serum in your palms and gently apply it to your face. It will immediately smooth, soothe and plump up your skin.
To help your skin recover overnight, apply a treatment that's richer than your day cream. A cold cream or nourishing face oil will plump up the dermis and nourish the epidermis. And don't hesitate to slather on a hydrating face mask to soak your skin in goodness. Masks that can be left on overnight are great during winter and you'll wake up to baby soft skin.
No need to apply a dark foundation to get a healthy glow. Stick to your usual colour, but opt for a thicker texture. Top it off with a touch of orange or pink blusher to give your winter skin a summer glow! Apply a dab of lipstick to finish the look: a richly-coloured, creamy, matt texture packed with nourishing, plumping and protective active ingredients will perfect your pout.
We are what we eat... Pay attention to your diet, as our skin needs healthy food to keep its healthy glow! Gorge on citrus fruits for their vitamin C, oily fish for omega 3 and 6, alongside vegetable oils, dried fruit and veggies for their carotenoid content. And, yes, a bit of chocolate is allowed to boost your energy! And don't forget to drink 1.5 litres of water a day - even if it's winter.
We're animals, after all. Winter = time to hibernate!