When the temperature drops, the harsh cold can wreak havoc on your complexion. In very cold wintery conditions your skin is less able to protect itself. This can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin due to loss of hydration, and ultimately, inflammation. What you need is a skincare routine that will help you combat and counter the drying effect of the blustery winter months.

Baby, it’s cold outside... Ways to Protect Your Skin from the Chilling Effects of Cold wintery weather.

Antioxidants for your skin and what they can do for your skin?

Antioxidants are an ingredient which can neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules, which contain at least one unpaired electron. Free radicals are generated as by products from normal cellular metabolism and act as scavengers constantly seek electrons from other molecules and start a chain of oxidative reactions within the skin. Free radicals are increased by sun exposure, pollution, smoking, excessive exercise and ill health. Free radicals disrupts the normal cell function and in turn damages skin cells.

  • Lightly exfoliate your skin. This is best done 24hrs before your tan is applied; pay particular attention to your heels, knees & elbows
  • Ensure that you don’t wax or shave in the 24hrs before your tan
  • Remove all jewellery, perfume and make up before your tan is applied

Diet is an important aspect of treatment. Watch what you eat, eat a wholesome health colourful diet low in sugar and salt. Drink plenty of water. Get regular restful sleep. Practice yoga and or meditation to reduce stress. These forms of relaxation have been shown to reduce cortisol; a stress hormone which can speed up the skin’s ageing process. Clean with Skinceutical Blemish and age gel cleanser. This will clean pores, preventing clogged pores but will not dry skin.

It cleanses my pores properly (i.e. preventing clogged pores and thus breakouts), but doesn’t dry the skin. Next on dry skin apply a serum containing pure vitamin C in the form of L’ascordic acid, one of the most effective topical antioxidants to protect your skin against ageing free radicals. Skinceuticals’ Phloretin CF Serum is a science proven water based non oily antioxidant which will not clog pores.