INDIVIDUAL TREATMENT FOR YOUR SKIN
Winter-Proof Your Skin
The winter weather can wreak havoc on our complexions and skin can often feel dry, itchy, over-sensitive and red. Summer’s golden glow might be a distant memory but here’s some simple steps to boost your skin health this winter, restoring a dewy radiance with our specialist skincare.
# 1: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise…
Now is the time to swap out your light-weight moisturiser for a more heavy-duty product that hydrates dull, parched skin. Rebuilding the skin’s barrier function is crucial in colder weather as skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis can be easily exacerbated during the winter months.
# 2: Exfoliate away
Skin cell turnover is affected by low moisture levels which further contributes to rough, scaly, dry skin. Don’t opt for an aggressive exfoliation product that will strip the skin of hydration; look for ingredients such as glycolic acid will gently slough off dead skin cells while hydrating the skin at the same time.
# 3: Reduce redness
Rosacea sufferers can be sensitive to variety of triggers and seasonal changes are a common problem. The National Rosacea Society in the US surveyed those with rosacea and found that 88% said symptoms worsened on windy days and 72% said they were exacerbated by cold weather. Even escaping indoors can be a problem as central heating aggravated symptoms in 63% of sufferers.
Skincare products that contain Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) are best; they are non-irritating and reduce redness while tackling ageing concerns at the same time.
# 4: Focus on the eyes
The skin around the eyes is thinner, quicker to dry out and is more susceptible to harsh weather and dryness-zapping central heating, meaning the visible signs of skin ageing, such as fine lines, flakey skin and dark circles, quickly start to show.
The eye area should be handled delicately when applying antioxidant-rich eye creams and avoid using any products with harsh chemicals, alcohol, essential oils or retinol which will dry and irritate sensitive skin.
# 5: Don’t forget sunscreen
Even in the depths of winter, you should still be protecting your skin from UV exposure, as it is thought that up to 80% of the UV rays can penetrate clouds. A recent study found that skin ageing is almost exclusively caused by UV rays, with even just a 2% increase in sun-related skin damage, ageing the face by three years. As well as wrinkles, sun damage also causes pigmentation changes, skin laxity and problems with texture.
Call 02920 617690 to arrange a consultation with our experts to discuss any skincare concerns you may have.