Winter is soon upon us and you may notice your skin is getting dryer. This is common and we see changes in our skin throughout the seasons of the year. Your skin will require different care and treatment depending upon the season of the year. So what should you be doing differently?
It doesn’t take too much to take care of your skin during cold weather, but a little goes a long way. Just remember that your body’s natural oils are your friend, and what you do for your skin in the summer is not what your skin will need in the winter.
With the cold, you skin needs better protection. And many times this means preserving the natural oils that protect our skin, or adding to them. So, here are some tips from Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin:
Ease up on exfoliation
Many cleansers and other skin care products we use contain chemicals such as glycolic acids which will help with exfoliation or skin cell turn over. The Demani Skincare collection has a Rejuvenate Serum which is great for making your skin look fresher, but they also can dry out your skin. So, you may want to use them less frequently during the winter months. Maybe use them on alternate days rather than daily.
You may also need to change your facial cleanser. Since you skin’s needs are different with the seasons, you may need to change your products with the seasons as well. Consider moving from your glycolic cleanser to a less astringic one like the Demani Soothing Cleanser. Or add a hydrating product to your antioxidant products. And play around with things.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
You really need to moisturize, I cannot overemphasise this. Our advice at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic is to apply your moisturizer while your skin is still a little damp. This applies to your face, your hands, and the rest of your body. In addition to keeping in your body’s own oils, the moisturizer will also help to protect you skin as a barrier to the cold. Give special attention to your face and hands if you go jogging or walking in cold weather.
Don’t forget your hands
The hands actually take a bigger hit with the cold than anywhere else on your body. So, keep a good hand moisturizer around and use if often, especially if you wash your hands a lot during the days. Wear gloves.
Long hot shower are not good for you
When you’ve been outside and need to warm up, many of use hop in the shower and turn up the heat. We may even stay there until the hot water heater gives out. But, this is not good for you. The hotter the water, the more it removes you skin natural oils and barriers. And, the longer you are in the shower, the more you shed these essential oils. So, go with warm water not scalding hot.
Give you skin a treat
While long hot showers are out, a soak in a warm tub can be great especially if you add something to the bath water. If you have a lot of irritation, try an oatmeal bath. Baking soda can also work. If you are looking for some added moisture, add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. You can even use olive oil and oatmeal together.
Continue to protect
You still need your sunscreen! Even though the days are shorter and we are all looking for sun to cure our affective seasonal disorder, those beneficial rays can still burn. So continue to use your sunscreen. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use a skin care product, or makeup with sunscreen in it.
After all, it’s your skin. If you feel your skin needs more attention why not book a consultation for skin analysis at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin. There are further remedies to enhance your skin to a silky lustre. Chemical peels either TCA peels or glycolic peels are effective this time of the year. Also you should consider laser photofacial treatments. Laser photorejuvenation of the skin rejuvenate without a downtime.