Winter can wreak havoc with your skin. The cold weather and central heating combination can often leave it feeling dehydrated, tight, and itchy – argh, what a bore! However, as we transition into warmer months, a spring-clean of our skincare routine can restore radiance, promote plumpness and banish breakouts. We’ve cherry picked our favourite post-winter skin tips to kiss troublesome skin goodbye.
Skincare habits to STOP right now
- Avoid alcohol based toners as they strip the skin and can exacerbate dehydration
- Avoid face wipes at ALL costs! While they might be convenient, they are actually packed with harsh chemicals that will do your skin more harm than good
- Where possible, avoid excessive exposure to harsh winds and cold weather!
- Avoid hot showers, as this can break down the skin’s lipid barriers and lead to loss of moisture and dehydration
Skincare habits to START right now:
Slather on the sunscreen
Ensure that you wear SPF everyday, as UVA rays can still penetrate through the clouds and damage the skin. We suggest choosing a product that combines an SPF with a moisturiser such as Image Skincare’s PREVENTION + Daily Hydrating Moisturiser. This skin hero provides long-lasting, deep moisturisation for dehydrated skin, and is enriched with a blend of antioxidants, vitamins and green tea for extra nourishment.
Buy a balancing cleanser
Opt for a cleanser that will balance the pH level of your skin and won’t leave you with a ‘stripped feeling’. For this, we recommend Image Skincare’s Ormedic Cleanser – an organic-blend gel cleanser that lifts away makeup and impurities, and delivers essential nutrients to restore the skin’s natural balance.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
Exfoliate a couple of times per week to resurface and rejuvenate the skin. We suggest ZO Skin Health’s Exfoliating Polish or Image Skincare’s Ageless Totally Resurfacing Masque to lighten, brighten and leave the skin feeling ultra-smooth.
Invest in a hydrating serum
Did you know that serum is more concentrated than moisturiser and can penetrate the skin further? Serum doesn’t contain the typical lubricants and thickening agent that’s are found in most face creams. For optimal hydration, we recommend Image Skincare’s Vital C Serum, which helps with radiance and plumpness.
Drink lots of water
Water flushes toxins out of the body, which promotes vitality, radiance, and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Visit a skin specialist, especially if you found your skin to be particularly troublesome this winter
An aesthetic practitioner can help analyse your skin health, revamp your current skincare routine, and provide you with advice on how to achieve your skin goals. They can design a bespoke facial programme to effectively treat dull, dehydrated and sensitive skin, blackheads, milia, lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne and acne scarring. Alongside your customised treatment plan, a skin specialist will advise you to use cosmeceutical skincare at home to ensure your skins functions as optimally as possible. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend an extortionate amount on high-end, luxury products. In fact, most ‘A-List’ products are expensive simply because of their packaging and marketing campaigns, not because of their quality ingredients or research development! Take our word for it, you’ll get better bang for your buck investing in cosmeceuticals products from a clinic with skin specialists.