Has winter done a number on your skin?
It’s starting to feel a little bit like spring out there, what a nice feeling. Ok, well spring is technically still a few weeks away. But it’s hard not to get little pangs of excitement when the air’s a little warmer, the sun’s out (for a split second) and the daffodils are blooming (well, in the shops anyway). Alright, so it’s not quite time to bust out the sunscreen and go bikini shopping just yet, but it is time to take a good look at what winter has done to your skin and go about fixing it. And in the process get a good look at the best anti-aging skincare around.
In this article you’re going to learn to pinpoint the biggest challenge your skin has been facing this winter and find out the best course of action to take in order to prep your skin for spring. Who doesn’t want to move into warmer weather with fresh, dewy, rejuvenated skin ?
Here’s a list of challenges you may be noticing and their symptoms and causes
Dryness– If you’re suffering from dry skin, you’ll probably first of all notice a tightness to the skin, you may notice a bit of flaking or dullness, and wrinkles appear more prominent. Dryness is generally a lack of oil in the skin (as opposed to moisture) which can be caused by aging, environmental factors, diet, or chemicals.
Dehydration– is a lack of moisture in the outer layer of the skin. This can be caused by dryness in the air, being in an environment with a heater/air conditioning, not drinking enough water or using the wrong products on your skin. You may notice a tightness to the skin, more prominent wrinkles, a dullness to the complexion. Dry and dehydrated skin often go hand in hand but not always.
Aging– this is going to happen every year isn’t it, another winter, another year older, hmmm.. anyway, try not to dwell on that for now, we’ll get to help for this nasty affliction in a sec… So when we age, the sebaceous gland start to slow their production of oil that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and nourished. Also, collagen starts to breakdown in the skin causing weakness in the connective tissue and wrinkles to set in.
Dullness– this can be caused as seen above by dryness, dehydration and aging.
Luckily there are are few things we can do to nullify or even reverse these conditions…
Diet– get plenty of hydrating fluids, such as water, green tea, and broth (which will also help with collagen regeneration). Eat plenty of whole foods and limit processed foods, this will help keep a natural balance of minerals in your system, and balance is a key to healthy skin.
Exercise– Regular exercise gets the blood pumping and when the blood is circulating the skin will benefit.
Skin care– this is where the magic happens! There are so many amazing products around these days to combat every thing from dry skin to wrinkles, stretch marks to scarring. Beware though that whatever you put on your skin, it will be absorbed, so make sure it’s as natural as possible and free of potentially damaging toxins!
I definitely believe in a whole skin regime to get the most benefit. It’s not necessary to stick to just one brand but it does have it’s benefits, most of the time, products from one brand are designed to work in harmony with one another.
These are my top picks for repairing winter skin
First and for most, make sure to exfoliate the skin on a regular basis, 2-3 times per week. This will remove any dry dead skin cells that may be preventing moisture from absorbing into your skin. A couple of my favorites are Snowberry Nourishing Exfoliator and Nahaia Active Organics Enzyme Joy Exfoliant. Either of these will prep your skin nicely for your serum and moisturizer ensuring maximum absorption.
Nahaia Active Organics Intensive-C Renewal Moisturizer. Vitamin C isn’t only for fighting off winter bugs, it’s a fantastic anti-oxidant and helps the skin regenerate collagen. This is a great night-time nutrient regeneration moisturizer for dehydrated, lifeless skin. It contains maximum levels of Vitamin C, essential fatty acids, phospholipids, vitamins and herbs which help stressed and damaged skin to be revitalized and repaired. With optimum anti-wrinkle and anti-aging results. Perfect for Normal- Dry/Dehydrated skin.
Snowberry Intensive Renewal Serum. This Face Serum is the perfect ‘skin essence.’ Utilizing several peptide complexes, the Serum is a powerful anti-aging skin care formulation that helps to strengthen connective tissue, reduce expression lines and support the natural restoration and renewal of healthy skin. Enhanced by glycine soya protein oxido-reductase and selected algae, this serum actively reduces peroxidative and proteolytic damage, while Phytic acid and Totarol are powerful natural anti-microbial and anti-oxidant agents. This is good for all skin types and works amazingly with Snowberry’s Rich Day Creme for a great hydration boost.
Vede and Crede Replenishing Serum Usually serums are used in conjunction with a day creme or a night creme but I find the beautiful Argan oil based serums by Vede and Crede to be sufficiently moisturizing on their own. Argan oil is exceptionally high in tocopherols including Vitamin E and powerful essential fatty acids including Omega-6 (Linoleic and Oleic acids) which help to heal, calm, nourish and maintain skin structure, tone and elasticity. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is another large component of this anti aging serum, containing extra antioxidants to assist in protecting the skin and supporting skin elasticity, tone and structure.
Sans[ceuticals] Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil This is a goodie, it can be used all over the face, body and even as a hair treatment. Love multi use products! This potent oil contains precise levels of Vitamin A, which enables good collagen and elastin production and helps control pigmentation. Also, omegas 3,6 and 9 which we know are nice and nourishing for the skin and Vitamin E which helps protect skin cells from free radicals. For best results use every night. Use sunblock when in full sun.
Good skin care is important all year round to maintain healthy, glowing skin, so make sure you have a good skin care regime and if you’re unsure about what your skin needs, seek some professional advice or contact me
and I can point you in the right direction