How to care for your post-winter skin
After the winter season, we often hit refresh on our lifestyle habits, goals and personal care. These changes can help us to adopt some healthier routines and give us a new lease of life.
During this time, it's helpful to reassess our skin's needs. Often the harsh winter weather, wind and rain, can cause our skin to look: dull, congested and sallow. Overturning our skincare routine during the spring can help to revitalise the skin and provide it with the nourishment it needs!
Here are a few skincare tips for the spring time to help you find that glow!
1- Out with the old and in with the new
The best way to begin a fresh start with your skincare in to slough off the dead skin cells. If you haven't been exfoliating throughout the winter, then now is the time! Using an exfoliator can help to remove dead, keratinised cells which will leave your skin glowing. Thoroughly exfoliating also removes the top layer of skin and takes away a barrier, meaning that all of your serums and nourishing ingredients can get deeper into the skin. If you have sensitive skin, try opting for a non-scrub exfoliation by using a product containing AHA's. These AHA's are often derived from natural fruit acids which help to dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells (a gentle, yet effective, way of finding your glow!)
2- Rehydrate the skin!
A good next step in treating your post-winter skin is to try and boost the hydration levels. An obvious way to rehydrate the body is to drink more water. However, there are ways in which you can directly improve the skin's hydration levels. Try using a product containing high levels of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning that it draws water towards itself. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000x its own weight in water and therefore makes it the perfect rehydrating ingredient in skincare.
It is important to protect the skin as much as possible from external aggressors. Using a moisturiser daily can help to nourish and soften the skin. Using a moisturiser underneath makeup will also create a protective layer on the skin, preventing other issues such as dryness and sensitivity.
These are a few easy steps to introduce into your skincare routine in order to assist with the skin's natural cell turnover. This way you will gain all of the benefits from your skincare ingredients and see a vast improvement in the condition of the skin.