The sun can be just as harsh in winter as it is in summer, and the condition surprisingly drying on our skin.
Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica gives us her tips:
When working out, is our skin affected differently in winter to summer?
A: Not for indoor exercise, if you are outdoors it’s a good idea to use products that increase hydration, reduce sensitisation and most importantly protect the barrier function of the skin. Remember you’ll still need an SPF30+.
Do we need to change our skincare routine in winter and why?
A: Skin experiences subtle changes to our environment. For some it is barely noticeable, for others much more so. Winter brings a harsher climate and a decrease in humidity. The colder weather increases the chances of dehydration, dryness, skin sensitivity and irritation.
When we switch on the indoor heating we find it harder to keep our skin moist and plump, instead we experience dull, dry, taught and flaky (an impaired barrier function) skin that is environmentally sensitised. Because of this for those experiencing changes they need to adapt their skin care routine accordingly.
Do our skin cells re-generate more or less? And therefore do we need to exfoliate more or less?
A: Skin cells can regenerate at a slower pace in winter due to the dry skin being retained on the surface for longer, exfoliation is the perfect remedy to slough off the old, dead skin and allow fresh, plump cells to be made underneath. (see extra notes on exfoliation above).
Do we throw out the products we replace in winter or keep them until spring?
A: As long as you follow the POA (period after opening) guide on the packaging of the product, it’s a symbol that indicates for example 12M which means can be used after opening for 12 months, then it is fine to keep your original products until Spring.
If there is one fail-safe trick for looking after our skin in winter, what is it?
A: In one word, protection. The skin benefits from some special TLC protecting it for any harsh change in environment. In winter the skin can become very dehydrated, when severe this can lead to cracking, itching, very sensitised and irritated. Two key products I’d not go without are 1. a multi vitamin power mask and 2. a silicone based protective moisturiser.
What are the products to consider changing for cleansing, moisturising, treatments and night time?
A: For more nourishing and hydrating skin care routine for Autumn you can adapt your regimen by incorporating :
What about our hair?
A: Your hair being dead keratin can definitely be affected by the dry, cold climate. Less humidity can make the hair feel more brittle, less smooth and dry to touch.
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