The temptation to flee toward a hot shower is real, but resist the urge to turn up that temperature gauge – heated water can strip natural oils from the skin leaving you feeling tight and a little itchy. Dry winter air (and heating) will further wick moisture from the skin's surface, so maintain a steady temperature in the shower and layer, layer, layer on the lotion once you’re out.
As that sunkissed tinge subsides, you may notice your skin looking a little more dull. A professional facial every three to four weeks (around the time it takes for your skin cycle to renew), will encourage a healthier winter glow. A peel will slough off dead cells, encouraging collagen production – that helps to plump up the skin – as well allowing your everyday lotions to sink in a little better. Book a facial
Though there are less UVB rays lurking around once the sun is tucked away, the levels of UVA are still high enough to have a significant ageing impact on our skin. Skin protection is a year-round thing – try using a product with a high UVA rating. Since computer screens and infrared lighting is thought to have the ‘sag’ effect too, it’s best to lather up that sun lotion, regardless of the temperature.
Dry hands are the worst, just the worst. Come winter time, that hand cream stashed on your desk just doesn’t seem to relieve the tight-finger feeling. Try to avoid using hand wipes (the preservatives can trigger eczema), wear gloves when washing up to keep chemicals far, far away, and apply a rich hand lotion and cotton gloves before bed. You’ll wake up feeling a little more moisturised, and ready for some high-fiving.
It’s not just your hands that need a little extra TLC. Sure, your heels may be locked in boots from here on out, but they’ll still be grateful for a pedi or peel. Yep, feet are prone to cracking during the winter months, and while frequent exfoliating will ease it a little, a salon visit for a professional treatment is a better plan for cold-weather-skin-saving. Regular treatments will help to prevent extreme dryness and maintain moisture. Winning. Try a peel
Though you may think that exfoliating will further dry out your skin, or make it extra sensitive, it’s actually the opposite. It’s the only way to rid dead skin cells, and deeply cleanse both the face and body, for fresh skin to come anew. Elbows, knees, ankles and feet are particularly prone to it. Try showering with a wash that’s formulated with glycolic acid to remove debris and dirt without stripping the skin of natural moisture.
Six things that happen to your skin in cold weather (and what to do about it)
Scarves! Scarves! We can finally wear scarves! Yep, the UK has succumbed to its natural state, and we’re back in freezing temperatures. But with great knitwear, comes great changes to our beauty routine. Our skin’s getting drier, our lips more chapped, and our usual moisturiser just isn’t cutting the mustard. October is upon us – here’s what you can do to save your skin.
By Rachel Spedding
We’re all pretty well-versed on the skincare changes we should make in the winter months - two words: more moisturising, and ‘lip balm’, come to think of it - but do you pay the same amount of attention to your haircare? Much like our skin, our hair needs more moisture during winter. The colder temperatures outdoors and the central heating indoors make the air much dryer which lifts the hair cuticle, letting moisture out more easily and leaving the hair dry and frizzy. Here are some of the changes you should make to your hair routine during the winter.Read more
What is a Face Mapping® skin analysis appointment? Basically, it’s an opportunity to get to know your skin, with a professional. “It’s a quick and easy way to identify and understand your skin type and the condition of your skin,” Hannah told us, “our skin experts can then prescribe you a personalised skincare regimen which will help you achieve your skin goals”. What happens during a Face Mapping® skin analysis appointment? Well, firstly, your skin will be cleansed (to ensure safety). Your therapist will then discuss with you what you’re looking to achieve with your skin. “They will consider all…Read more
We all know the annoyance of the period breakout. As if the bloating, cramps and tendency to cry whilst listening to Drivers License (just us?) wasn’t punishment enough. As soon as Aunt Flo takes up residence, so do her unwelcome pimple pals but what about other symptoms PMS (Pre-Menstrual Skin)? The 7-10 days before your period can throw up a whole host of pesky skin problems thanks to wildly fluctuating hormones. From bacne to sunburn it can wreak havoc with your complexion but luckily there’s plenty you can do to fight back... By Jo HoareRead more