The cold months are certainly here. The heating is on, the fire is lit, the wooly hats & scarves are out and our skin, well it suffers the consequences. But we can tackle it. When we’re cold we put a jacket on, when we’re thirsty we take a drink so why not protect and hydrate our skin. There are so many elements in our every day life that can effect our skin; air conditioning, heating, pollution. So when you’re already predisposed to dry skin, these external factors just make things worse. Here are some quick and easy tips for rocking hydrated skin all day long.
I cannot stress how important it is to take makeup off every night. During the day pollution attacks our skin, we touch our face with hands that are riddled with germ (eh, yuck!) so when you’re home, take the day off. Double cleanse or use a cleanser and a face wash to clean skin throughly to take all traces of makeup, dirt (and bacteria) off. A deep cleanse also means your serum and moisturiser can penetrate deeper into the skin. My favourite cleanser is Declare Cleansing Milk which is suitable for all skin type, even sensitive skin. I team this up with a NIMA Mitt to ensure all make up is removed.
We all shed dead skin cells, its human nature. We shed thousands of skin cells daily. But, if you’re wearing makeup or in an area of poor ventilation, there’s no where for the skin cells to go so this is where exfoliating come into play. Drier skin needs a little more help than oilier skins to remove those lifeless cells. Choose an exfoliated that suits your skin concerns. I leave mine in the shower and use it 2-3 times a week. I promise you a good scrub will reveal brighter skin as not only will it rid of the grey dead skin cells, it will stimulate fresh nutrients to the surface for a brighter glow and allow serums and moisturisers to be absorbed better rather than sit on the surface of the skin causing build up. I highly recommend No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Face Exfoliator.
We all like a treat, and your skin is no different. Pay attention to your skin and any skin concerns that you may have. If it’s oily, apply a clay mask to rid of access oil. If it’s dry, exfoliate and apply a moisture surge mask. If it’s normal then ingest some hydration and TLC. If it sensitive help keep it calm. A mask is a pamper session for healthy looking skin. Multi masking is key; apply different masks to different areas of the face and neck targeting that area’s concern. The Body Shop have recently launched Superfood Masks that consisting of 5 face masks to target all skin concerns, I have been lucky enough to try them all and they are fantastic.
SERUM & OIL
Serums and oils are optional, not everyone needs them. They act as an extra help or skin boost. If skin is dehydrated then opt for a serum. But don’t lash it on and over load the skin with product and clog up pores, a pea size is enough for the whole face and neck area. Oils are great for drier skins. But again, don’t lash it on and leave your skin floating with oil, 2-3 small drops is usually enough. Massage Serum or oil into skin but don’t forget your neck, it’s ages faster than your face! Trilogy Rosehip Oil, Antioxidant + is my favourite oil and Declaré Multi Lift Serum is my go to serum for the past 7 months.
Pick the right moisturiser depending on your skin type and what your skin needs rather than wat’s on trend or on specal offer. Test products before purchasing. Sometimes lighter moisturisers are more beneficial. Why? The particles are smaller and contain a higher water content so it soaks in deeper. If you’re using a serum or an oil, there’s no need to bombard your skin with layers and layers of product. As I mentioned above, it will clog pours, cause a build up on the skin and have adverse effects to the benefits the product claims to have. If you are unsure what skin type you are or what concerns you have, go to a skin consultant or a skin therapist to help you determine your skin type and the right kind of moisturiser for long-lasting hydration. Most cosmetic companies offer free skin care consultations and samples so avail of this service and find what’s right for you. At the moment I’m loving Steamcream – it melts into the skin and is so moisturising.
Some say these are a beauty gimmick but I honestly swear by them. Take your skincare routine up a notch and include one. They offer a burst of hydration for the surface of the skin. Ideal for daily use, to sooth sensitive skin, comfort & refresh skin and instantly hydrate. Great for cooing down in warm weather too. They are perfect for setting makeup and it’s such a must have product that can be used throughout the day over makeup. I always have La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water in my bag for daily hydration boosts… and to refresh you ahead of the 3pm slump!
EAT WATER-RICH FOODS
Why not add some of these foods to your daily meals & snacks? The vitamins and antioxidants from these fruits and vegetables will not only help your skin, they’ll also give your immune system a boost, which is vital in the colder months;
Watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, grapes, pineapple, blueberries, pears, cucumber, celery, tomatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, green peppers, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli.
Will you be taking on some of these tips to stay hydrated this winter?