Winter can be quite unforgiving on your skin. The cooler, drier air can sadly rob you of your summery glow and leave your skin feeling dry, dull and uncomfortable.
But not to fear, you don’t have to endure dry and flaky skin all season long. There are a few super simple tips and tricks that you can add to your routine that will help you get back that glow in no time.
Show your skin some love with a Rejuvenation Treatment
If the winter weather has your skin feeling dull or dry, why not revitalise it with a rejuvenation treatment? Not only can these treatments help dehydrated skin and give your skin’s clarity a boost, they can also help with a range of other skin concerns (e.g. fine lines and wrinkles, the appearance of veins, unwanted pigmentation, and more). These rejuvenation treatments include:
- Medical micro-needling. A proven treatment for increasing collagen under depressed scars.
- Microdermabrasion. A gentle treatment for abrading dead skin cells to leave you with radiant skin.
- Red Light Therapy. A soothing treatment that also can help rebuild collagen.
- Fractional Therapy. A gentle option for treating fine lines and pigmentation.
- Peels. An affordable but effective option for various skin conditions.
- Platelet Rich Plasma. A natural treatment to generate collagen and prevent signs of ageing.
- Galvanic Infusion. A relaxing treatment for powerful skin lightening.
- Photodynamic Therapy. An effective treatment for precancerous sunspots and enhance collagen production.
What is one of the best ways to keep warm in winter? Hot showers, for sure. While a long and steamy shower seems like a luxurious way to fight off the winter chills, excessive amounts of hot water can strip your skin of all its natural oils. It only takes around 3 minutes for the moisture boost you receive from the shower to evaporate.
To help lock in that hydration boost, applying moisturiser should be your next step after drying off from the shower. So, make sure that you keep your bathroom cabinet stocked with your favourite moisturiser to remind you to apply while your skin is still damp. This will help keep your skin healthy and lively.
Of course, a moisturising lip balm and hand cream are great to keep in your bag while you’re on the go. Apart from keeping chapped lips and hands at bay, balms/creams with a lovely scent bring a little ‘luxe’ to your every day!
As the weather begins to cool down, our skin becomes drier and more sensitive. When it’s cold outside, we tend to forget to drink more water and this unfortunately strips our pores of the moisture it needs to maintain a healthy and radiant glow. Staying hydrated is an essential part of any skincare routine. How so? Well, water helps to conceal pores and wrinkles as well as helping to flush away any nasty toxins that can accelerate signs of aging. Not only this, water works to increase blood flow and provide your skin with all the nutrients it needs to recover. That’s why it’s important to keep hydrated.
To help keep your skin happy and hydrated it’s recommended that you drink at least 8-10 glasses per day. Now, that doesn’t need you to gulp these glasses down all at once! It’s more beneficial to continue to sip on water throughout the day. If you struggle to drink the recommended amount, read our top tips here.
Slip, Slop, Slap
In North Queensland, we don’t experience a ‘typical’ winter as the weather remains quite warm, and our UV index is still rated as ‘high’! When the temperatures drop, it’s easy to forget about applying sunscreen. Even in winter, it’s still important to shield yourself from harmful UVs that can take a toll on your skin if you’re not careful.
To keep those nasty UVs at bay, we would recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to protect your skin. The best way to do this is to find a facial sunscreen you’re happy with, and apply it before applying your makeup. While your foundation or BB cream may contain SPF, usually the quantity required to be effective is far more than you would usually use. Then before you walk out the door, remember to apply sunscreen to your arms, chest, and anywhere else that is likely to see the sun (even if it’s incidental exposure, such as while you’re driving).
It’s simply a matter of establishing a consistent daily habit! (And if you need further convincing: research shows daily sunscreen use actually reverses signs of ageing and existing damage!)
At Skinovation Cosmetic Clinic, we would love to help you say goodbye to those winter skin blues! To find out more about treatments to rejuvenate your skin, contact our wonderful team.