Winter proof your skin
Dry Skin and Eczema
The lack of sunlight and the dehydrating central heating as well as the cold weather are not benefiting factors for your skin. I have the secrets that will help prevent bad skin and protect your skin from the bad weather!
Dry and Eczema-prone skin can be caused be caused by perfumes, metals or it can be inherited by you family and is related to asthma and hay fever. It can also be caused by the central heating in your home or office can affect sensitive skin, making it dry, itchy, red, swollen, cracked and even weepy.
I would say that avoid foods such as dairy foods, eggs, seafood, wheat and nuts, which could flare up and also aim for oily fish that would reduce water loss in your skin so which would help to improve plumpness and moisture. If you are prone to eczema aim for salmon and mackerel help with anti- inflammatory properties, so your skin is less likely to become sore if you are prone to eczema. Try products such as Dermalex Contact Eczema Cream (£11.99), which is a breakthrough treatment that treats typical contact eczema symptoms such as itching, red spots, dry skin and scaling.
You cannot moisturize dead skin. Dead skin is dead, dry and flaky and it’s not going to go away with moisturiser. Ashy skin will come back as soon as the moisturiser wears off if you don’t exfoliate. Exfoliation is key to a brighter complexion and you can exfoliate with a flannel (try M&S’s Exfoliating Facial Cloth which helps promote healthy, glowing and radiant skin), or an exfoliating face wash such as Nude’s Miracle Mask (£38), which blends natural AHAs with rice beads to reveal an instantly flawless radiant complexion. You can go deeper with microdermabrasion (go on www.leegarrett.net for more details on prices which revitalizes the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and shallow acne scars, it also stimulates collagen production which helps to thicken and plump out the skin.
The market for skin care brushes has grown considerably – products such as the Clarisonic MIA 2 Daybreak (£125), which is perfect to prepare and protect your skin for the cold seasons. With two speeds, it’s sonic frequency works with your skin’s natural elasticity to thoroughly remove the impurities that come between you and smoother, softer, healthier looking skin and it promises to ‘cleanse 6x better than manual cleansing’, what’s not to love! If you cleanse effectively with these products I’ve mentioned, then your skincare products absorb better!
Remember to wear a SPF after exfoliating, as your skin is more sensitive to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Also never exfoliate in the morning, exfoliate at night to make sure that your skin isn’t so vulnerable to sun exposure.
Vitamins and Supplements
Boost your skin from within this season and get ahead of the pack with these great products. The new ‘beauty buzz’ is Fountain’s The Hyaluronic Molecule food supplement (£27.99). This promises to naturally delay the ageing process and extend the life span of cells after drinking it. So instead of using lotions and potions to fight anti-ageing – your glow would come from within!
Due to city living, our skin becomes more dehydrated and so this ingredient dramatically improve our elastin and collagen structure as it helps our skin retain water. It also plumps out wrinkles and fine lines when it retains water in our skin, which helps with those who are lacking in this ingredient due to age or environment.
People say that beauty comes from within; I always recommend that you use supplements and the right nutrition to make sure you’re in the best position to look your best! Splash out and try Oskia’s Pure MSM (£29.50) that is a nutritional food supplement for healthier, smoother, younger looking skin and stronger hair and nails. It also supports collagen production, what more do you want from a little pill?
Are you on a budget? Try bestseller supplement brand Perfectil (£9.15), it’s advanced formula promises formulas that help boost your skin, hair and nails and is also a multi-vitamin as well!
Vitamin C Boost
You can get your five a day not only from the fruit bowl but also from your bathroom cabinet! A dose of orange juice is good for keeping colds away, but Vitamin C is a power-packed antioxidant that fights off the signs of aging and is also a known skin brightening agent as well. Skincare brand Murad’s Essential-C Day Moisture cream works to restore the sin to its natural health by preventing damage from UV rays and infusing complexion with powerful antioxidants. Use Murad’s Intensive-C Radiance Peel to reverse environmental damage on the skin to give you a radiant complexion.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum (£TBC) revolutionary antioxidant combination delivers ‘8 times’ the skin’s natural protection against photo aging – which neutralizes free radicals, helps build collagen and provides unmatched antioxidant protection.
It goes without saying that you should wash your face twice a day and remove your make up, it gets rid of the oils and dirt that have built up on your skins surface. These oils and dirt can clog pores and leave you with bogged down skin.
Washing your skin reduces the natural oils on the surface and leaves it needing a dose of hydration through a moisturizer. If you skip it after washing your face, your skin is more likely to look older and will expose any visible fine wrinkles. Use Soap and Glory’s Bright Here Bright Now’ (£12) for an instant radiance energy boost balm and helps moisturize, smooth and energize the skin!
Remember to hydrate from the inside and out, excessive alcohol and diuretic hot drinks like tea and coffee in the winter months dehydrates the skin. The best and cheapest, way to prevent dry skin is to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out by drinking lots of water and don’t drink white wine as this will dry your skin out along with your purse. Drinking water will make your skin look healthier, but it will feel smoother and softer.