As the weather gets colder and we quickly head into winter, now is the time to step up your daily skincare routine to keep your skin looking great. We all know that winter can wreak havoc with the skin; the cold wind with its lack of moisture can dry out your skin and strip moisture from your pores, leaving you with rough, flaky skin.
When those chilly months hit, it’s crucial to alter your skincare routine to deal with the onslaught of the elements. Here’s our winter beauty survival guide that will help your skin fight back against the cold – especially now you’ve probably got a bit more time on your hands.
Watch What You Eat
Winter is often the time of year when people tend to overindulge, due to the cold weather and holidays like Christmas, which offer lots of opportunities to get a fatty and sugary fix. But your skin is relying on you to watch your nutrition intake. Taking care of your body internally is just as important as taking care of it externally.
Water is essential for skin health, and you should be trying to drink plenty of water each day to help retain the moisture in your skin. A healthy supply of fruit and vegetables in your daily diet is also crucial for providing your skin with proper nutrients to keep it healthy and soft.
While there’s no doubt that we will all be over-indulging this winter, especially with the added pressure of lockdown, it’s important to make sure you don’t forgo the healthy stuff if you want your skin to look its best.
Hydrate and Moisturise
The cold weather can really aggravate dry skin. When the air gets colder and dryer, the moisture in your skin evaporates more quickly, making your skin dry and flaky. This is often known as “winter skin”.
Make sure you combat these harsh conditions with a consistent moisturising routine that will rehydrate the skin. You should use a moisturising night cream every evening before bed to replenish the moisture you lost during the day. Also apply a daytime moisturiser each morning before leaving the house, especially on the dry areas of the face.
If you tend to use a light moisturiser, you may want to consider something more potent for the winter months to add that much needed extra hydration.
Using products that contain SPF may seem strange in winter when the sun is nowhere to be seen, but it is actually crucial that you wear SPF regardless of the time of year. While there will be fewer UV rays around in winter due to the sun being less present and hidden behind clouds, there is still enough to impact our skin negatively. You should be using sun protection all year round to avoid the ageing effects that UV rays can have on the skin.
Cosmetic Treatments for Winter
Winter can harm the skin regardless of how much we drink water and moisturise each morning. That’s why we sometimes need more impactful skincare in the form of cosmetic treatments. Here are just a few of the treatments we have available at Aesthetic Skin Clinic that are perfect for banishing that winter skin:
The HydraFacial is a popular treatment among celebs. It not only leaves your skin brighter and refreshed but will also unclog your pores and remove dead skin and dirt through its extraction process. This is ideal for the winter months as your skin will be building up more dead skin flakes due to the cold weather. It combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, antioxidant protection and red-light therapy all in one.
The facial purifies the skin and is then followed by an application of active ingredient fuelled serums that leaves your skin looking as good as it feels. Not only does it boost the skin, but it improves its overall health, tackling pigmentation, facial lines, mild acne and improves skin tone and texture.
Fire & Ice Resurfacing Treatment
Another treatment popular among A-listers, the Fire & Ice Resurfacing Treatment uses the purest pharmaceutical grade ingredients to safely resurface the skin, reduce fine lines and address problems at the cellular level.
This intensive treatment is results-driven; it uses two masques combined with clinical products to produce the best results. The first is the fire portion of the treatment, which is an intense resurfacing masque formulated with powerful ingredients. The ice masque follows next, a cooling, rejuvenating mask to soothe and hydrate the skin. This treatment will tackle dry skin and gives you a smooth, soft finish that is perfect for winter.
Obagi Blue Peel
Obagi is the world’s number one skincare brand, and the Obagi Blue Peel is a quick, simple procedure that both improves the appearance and health of the skin. The peel can help tackle wrinkles, pigmentation, scars and large pores. The layers of dead skin cells are exfoliated and replaced with healthier ones, letting the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface.
Remove that dead, dry winter skin and unleash the soft, supple skin beneath with the Obagi Blue Peel. You can also use this treatment on the hands, arms, neck and chest, to tackle all the skin-related problems that are brought on by the winter months.
Step up your skincare routine this winter to keep your skin looking fresh and incredible in time for Christmas. At Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we offer a wide range of non-surgical treatments that can rehydrate your skin and give you a more youthful-looking appearance. We have a cosmetic clinic in Guernsey, a cosmetic clinic in Jersey and a cosmetic clinic in Belfast.
Contact us today to find out more about our wide range of services.