5 top tips for winter skin
As the colder weather begins to creep up on us, our skin can go through some changes. The change in climate and humidity, central heating, bitter winds and the natural ageing process can all take their toll on our complexion. What may have been the correct skincare regime in the summer for us, may need some tweaks and alterations in winter. From her aesthetic clinic in South Woodford, Dr Anita Dhunna advises her patients on the various treatments, skincare and lifestyle regimes that best suit their skin, at various times of the year and with winter well on its way, it’s time to take those key steps to protect, hydrate and replenish the skin for a year-long glow and resilience to the elements.
Here are our top 5 tips for keeping skin at its best during winter:-
- Hydrate! – the use of artificial heating systems, air conditioning and even log burning fires can really dehydrate the skin, and taking in fluids is vital for cell turnover as well as tissue hydration. Granted, this isn’t a seasonal thing, as the skin needs H2O all year round, but with added aggressors such as cold weather and those sudden changes in temperature during those winter months, our skin can become dry, flaky and sensitive. Drinking 2 litres of water a day will flush out toxins, help keep the skin tissues hydrated, assist cell renewal and help us to feel more energised.
- Maintain a good skincare regime at home – during the summer months, our skin tends to become more oily and so lighter products are more suited to most complexions. If you are someone who suffers with dry skin during the winter months, your summer moisturiser might not be enough. Using a clinically-proven cosmeceutical brand is vital, as many shop-bought brands are laced with perfumes and don’t really offer the high-grade ingredients that cosmeceutical brands do. Choosing a richer serum and moisturiser in winter, as well as cleansing properly in the AM and PM can have a huge impact on the appearance of our skin. Dr Anita Dhunna can recommend which skincare brand may suit you the best, and the regime to follow.
- Give your skin a helping hand with injectable treatments – dermal fillers and skin re-modellers such as Profhilo® can offer the skin that burst of hydration it might be needing in the winter. These contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the body, within the eyes, connective tissues and the skin. As we age, and if our skin is under stress, we can lose hyaluronic acid rapidly and this can mean dry, crêpey and sagging skin. Using dermal fillers or skin re-modellers, Dr Anita Dhunna can help to not only lift the skin in areas of concern, but the hyaluronic acid, prevalent in these products can re-moisturise the skin and hydrate the cells, leaving plumper and more youthful looking skin with fewer lines and wrinkles.
- Get the blood pumping – everyone knows that exercise is beneficial for the body, but did you know it can be amazing for our skin? During the winter months, we tend to become less active and spend more time indoors. After all, who wants to be out in the freezing cold, damp and dreary weather? However, a brisk walk, light jog, some yoga or anything that raises our heart rate for around 20 minutes can improve blood circulation to the skin, help flush toxins and release endorphins; leaving us feeling more energised and our skin more glowing. Let’s face it, no one ever regretted doing some light exercise and getting out and about, even if the weather is not so great, can make all the difference to the body and mind.
- Create more resilient skin with Dermapen! – Dermapen is a treatment otherwise referred to as medical microneedling. The concept of microneedling is not a new one and the results from this treatment are long-lasting and dramatic, after a course of sessions. Dermapen is an updated and more sophisticated version of the already famous derma roller, which works by multiple needles that penetrate the skin at 8000 rpm. This needling of the skin encourages micro-trauma, which in turn helps growth factors within the skin to be released, stimulating the production of collagen and aiding the development of new and remodelled skin. Whereas derma rollers can tear and drag the skin, the Dermapen offers a more precise and less damaging treatment, penetrating the skin from 0.2 to 2mm deep. The treatment can be used on the whole face, neck and even the decolletage – perfect for those low-cut Christmas dresses! Speak with Dr Anita Dhunna about how Dermapen can benefit you!
The winter months can present challenges for our skin and sense of wellbeing, but if we are clever, careful and mindful about taking care of one of our most precious assets and the largest organ we have, we can not only stay youthful looking for longer, but feel more confident in our skin, whatever the season.