Dry skin is a common complaint during the winter months, as harsh weather conditions can strip the skin of moisture. It can affect all ages and skin types; even an oily skin can temporarily become dry or dehydrated. Dry skin feels tight and uncomfortable, looks dull and flaky, and is prone to premature ageing. To help keep your skin nourished and moisturised, try doing the following.
Cleanse Avoid harsh cleansers such as soap, anti-bacterial formulas, foaming washes, or products containing alcohol, as they can strip the skin of moisture. Opt for moisturising oil or cream based cleansers instead.
Exfoliate Use a facial brush or a gentle exfoliating product (some face scrubs can be too rough) once a week to slough away dead skin cells and reveal new, healthy ones.
Moisturise Choose a thick, creamy moisturiser and massage it into your skin in upward, circular movements. Moisturiser protects the skin from harsh weather and pollution by providing a barrier. The delicate skin on the neck and around the eyes will need extra moisturiser as fewer oil glands are found in these areas.
Drink Water If your body is dehydrated, your skin will reflect it. Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day, and try to avoid caffeine and alcohol where possible.
Eat Well Beat dryness by topping up on foods containing vitamins C and E, both of which encourage the growth of new cells. Moisturise your skin from the inside out by consuming lots of essential fatty acids, found in Brazil nuts, avocados and olives.
Avoid Baths A long soak in a hot bath can deplete the skin of moisture, as can bubble baths containing harsh chemicals such as sodium laureth sulfate. If you must have a bath, relax for 15 minutes in warm water, and try adding moisturising oils or salts instead of foam.
Hydrate the Air Central heating pulls the moisture out of the air, and your skin. To combat this problem, place bowls of water under radiators to add some moisture back to the room.
Choose Oils Use a nourishing blend of essential oils to massage into your skin at night and under your moisturiser in the day. Massage boosts circulation which stimulates the growth of healthy new cells. The best moisturising essential oils are sandalwood, frankincense, jasmine, rose and neroli.
Give your Skin a Boost Regular facials help to enhance the condition of the skin and can target specific skincare concerns. If your skin is dry, a professional facial will help to deeply nourish and moisturise your skin, as well as helping you to feel wonderfully relaxed!