Winter can be a challenging time for our bodies with shorter, darker and colder days upon us as well as a host of winter nasties like colds and flus running rampant. And while you may want to stay inside and hide from it all, now is one of the most important times to be proactive with your health and wellbeing.
With the cooler temperatures well and truly upon us, it’s time to reassess your skin’s needs to keep your skin feeling moisturised, nourished and happy throughout the winter season.
Here are our top tips for glowing winter skin:
Winter months are not fun for our skin. Low humidity levels and cold temperatures result in dry air, which sucks moisture away from our skin every second of the day. This can leave your skin dehydrated, weak, tired, dull and in serious need of nutrition. Make sure you keep up a full skin routine which heroes moisturising during the winter months! We recommend a great day moisturizer with SPF and end your day with a thicker night cream and eye cream which will work magic while you get your zzz’s. We recommend Medik8 Hydr8 Day 360 SPF 15, Hydr8 Night, Hydr8 Eye 360. Plus remember, hydration starts from the inside out so make sure you’re keeping your water intake up everyday.
Even though the sun may take the season off, your skin is still affected by its UV rays all year round, including cloudy days. Exposure to UV rays can result in fine lines, wrinkles, redness, age spots and sagging skin. Provide your skin the best protection with sunscreen. Sunscreens provide a protective barrier on top of the skin that doesn’t allow UV radiation to pass through.Fancy yourself a bit of a snow bunny? UV rays can be every bit as damaging as they are in the summer months on the slopes with snow reflecting up to 80% of UV light from the sun. This means you are often hit by the same rays twice! Not to worry – we have some superstar products to keep you protected including SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 & Hydr8 Day 360 SPF.
Use a mask
Lock in moisture for the winter months and maintain smooth, silky, radiant and hydrated skin with a face mask. A clay face mask is best – they not only soak up all traces of dirt and grease, but they provide three phases for ultimate skin pampering. There is the damp phase where your skin drinks in beneficial minerals from the outside. Second is the dry phase which exercises your capillaries and stimulates blood flow as the mask cools and contracts. Finally the third phase is where the mask draws out the dirt and oil. Help balance the drying effects of the third phase by applying on moisturiser or hydrating serum on fresh cleansed skin.We recommend SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, Medik8 Clay Mask.
Don’t ignore your lips
Cold wind and indoor heat deplete your lips natural protective barrier. Plus your lips have no oil glands of their own to keep your lips hydrated naturally. Don’t skip your lips! Try SkinCeuticals Lip Balm for a surge of moisture.
Scrubbing off dead skin can help clear the way for moisturiser to absorb into your skin and help brighten your complexion. Massage Envy’s Medik8 scrub products will protect the moisture barrier, which locks in hydration and keeps out irritants in the colder temperatures. Try Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub & SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub.
Antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Antioxidants in skin care products can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, including reducing the signs of aging. So to fight those wrinkles, always use skincare products which contain antioxidants. We recommend Medik8 Firewall, Eye 360, 360 Moisture.
Avoid toxins, specifically allergens & irritants
The same way you look at food labels, you should do the same for your beauty products. Our skin care products have been tested and are multi-award winning, proven to improve skin health. Avoiding toxins, allergens and irritants are important for everyone, but particularly for those who suffer from eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis which can often flare up during the dry winter months. The best solution is to book in to see one of our qualified consultants who can recommend the best treatment and products tailored to your specific needs.
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Yana is a new approach to skin, starting within. Highly revolutionary concentrated beauty liquid that helps to protect & strengthen the skin by boosting the natural skin collagen production. Yana assists in treating eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Treating dermal nutrition, Yana treats skin from within, where your hands and standard skin care products cannot reach.What makes Yana different is the technology behind its unique formulation:
- Phytoceramides – liquids support the skin’s cellular matrix, contributing to increased firmness & hydration.
- Biotin – often referred to as beauty vitamin, biotin protects the skin against water loss & damage from the harmful rays of the sun.Discover Yana at our Paddington and Lane Cove locations.