Exfoliation is a huge part of an effective skin care routine. The process eliminates dead skin cells for the surface of your skin and opens the pores. It also makes your skin more receptive to products that improve collagen growth and hydrate.
Exfoliation, however, is not quite so good in the winter. While it does remove surface items that can cause spots and breakouts, it also removes a lot of oils that help protect the skin and keep it moist. Reduce your exfoliating in winter to get your skincare right.
Sunscreen is just for the summer when the sun is high in the sky, isn’t it? Well that’s what most people think but the reality is the sun is always high in the sky. Even if there’s cloud cover the dangerous UV rays can still get through and damage your skin.
UV rays damage the skin but break down the collagen that keeps you looking young. It causes fine lines, wrinkles and older looking skin. To protect your skin from UV damage it’s advisable to use sunscreen when you’re outside – even in winter.
HAVE A NIGHTLY ROUTINE
A nightly routine can work wonders for your skin at any time of year. During the night your skin replenishes itself. Cracks and lines are repaired and new oil is secreted to protect your skin through the day and keep it healthy. This is one reason not to wash your face extensively in the morning.
In the evening you can wash as much as you like. Take off all of the dirt and grime of the day, along with any skincare products you have used. You want to support your skin to replenish in the evening so remember to use products that contain polyhedron acids, retinol, and ceramides.
There are so many skincare products on the market these days it can be hard to decide what ones to use. Much of your success will be down to trial and error. While many people opt for creams and solutions, some don’t, especially with innovations in the market.
One such innovation is an led light therapy machine that uses two separate wavelengths to penetrate the skin’s surface and encourage collagen growth underneath. The machine also uses special optics to oxygenate the skin while you relax on the sofa watching TV or reading a magazine.
INCREASE VITAMIN D
Your body is a working machine that requires certain fuel and lubricants to function correctly. These fuels and lubricants are otherwise known as vitamins and minerals. Some of them are plentiful in our foods and environment, others are deficient at certain times of the year.
Vitamin D is one such deficient mineral. We get it predominantly from the sun which is rarely seen in the winter months. This lack of vitamin D affects a certain system in the body and has an impact on your skin. To get your routine right this winter ensure you have a plentiful supply of Vitamin D.XO,