Five Easy Tips To Get Your Skin Glowing This WinterMarch 30, 2015
There’s something lovely about winter, those cosy coats, knee-high boots and snuggly beanies. Having dull and dry winter skin on the other hand, is definitely not great. In fact, one of the most commonly asked questions when patients come into Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia is, “How do I get my skin glowing during the winter season?”
Here are our 5 steps to radiant skin, according to Margarita Vlachos, our most experienced skin care specialist at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia.
1. Use hydrating skin care products
As we say au-revoir to summer, it’s time to put aside oil-fighting cleansers, moisturisers and treatments (i.e. masks and peels) in favour hydrating-boosting products. “In winter, your skin is more likely to dry out and lose its luster, so it’s best to switch to products which are packed in hydration,” advises Margarita. Just like you don’t wear the same clothes in December and July, you don’t want to use the same products.” For instance, boost your skin’s moisture with a hydrating gel moisturiser, and steer clear of oil-fighting cleansers. If your concern with dryness, Margarita recommends the Aspect Super Moisturising Cream for $81, and the CosMedix Rescue + Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask- $60 for an intense soothing mask which quickly calms dry, irritated skin.
2. Invest in a good facial oil
It sounds odd to apply oil to skin, but facial oil such as rosehip oil and Moroccan argan oil is great in getting healthy skin. “Glowing skin is something all women want,” says Margarita. “For those who find a regular bottle of moisturiser doesn’t seem to be doing its job, a facial oil is great for an extra boost of hydration – plus it’ll give your skin a great glow.” In addition, facial oils are natural products, so they also nourish your skin with antioxidants and fight free radicals.
Margarita also recommends a good cleansing oil as they keep the skin’s natural pH balance. Try the CosMedix Purity Solution Cleansing Oil -$52 – with a blend of nourishing oils including Argan Oil, Moringa Oil, and an antioxidant-rich extract which dissolves excess dirt, oil and make up on the surface of the skin.
3. Exfoliate your skin
As the winter weather approaches, your skin takes a beating with the one-two punch of cold air outside, and hot, dry air inside. This leads to a pile-up of dead skin cells, which makes your complexion look dull and patchy. The best way to maintain smooth skin even when the weather turns old is exfoliation. We recommend an alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid exfoliant, which eats up dead skin cells and also offers anti-aging and pore-clearing benefits. Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia recommended exfoliator is the SkinFit Enzymatic Face Exfoliator – $51, the natural enzymes gently dissolve dead skin cells, clears blocked pores and removes impurities from your skin.
If you love the feeling of super-soft skin, Margarita suggests using a gentle non-scrub cleanser such as the Societe Pure Everyday Cleanser – $79.20 every night with a rotating brush, like the Purasonic Face Cleansing Brush – $129.
4. Make sure you slip, slop slap
While it sounds like a warning for summer weather, sunscreen is a year-round necessity. “Even when you’re sitting under fluorescent lights, your skin is being exposed to damaging rays,” Margarita warns. “They emit UVA rays, which is responsible for premature ageing.” We strongly advise you to wear sunscreen every day, no matter what the weather holds. “You can even get sunburn when it’s raining,” adds Margarita. She recommends the Aspect Envirostat Dry Touch Sunscreen- $25, as provides a SPF 50+, with 4 hours water resistant protection.
5. A Healthy Diet Is Key
It’s not all about having amazing genetics when it comes to having glowing skin, lifetime plays a huge role in maintaining a luminous complexion. “A healthy diet is key,” says Margarita. Her advice? “Eat food which are high in vitamins A and C like broccoli and peas.” Vitamins and antioxidants are very helpful because of their anti-inflammatory components. They can also be found in extracts from green tea and pomegranate seeds.