Winter Skin Survival Guide

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Fashion and seasons have a great synergy, especially the autumn and winter trends. I often tell clients that seasonal changes always affect how our skin and hair, look and feel. Much like a once beautiful sweater; your skin cannot be fixed to look new again, once it has had too much wear and tear.

Taking care of your skin and preventing damage on a daily basis is the key to healthy glowing skin. With winter fast approaching, now is the time to stock up on nice cozy warm sweaters & start prepping your skin to survive the cold winter months ahead. Cold winter air is far less humid than warm air, which means skin will be drier in the winter months.  Erika De La Barquera make-up artist in the UK explains

winter skin is short on both moisture and oil. It tends to encounter problems with dryness, such as flaking and fine wrinkles”.

In most parts of Canada we know all to well that harsh winter winds, make conditions worse by causing moisture to evaporate more quickly from the skin. From experience I can also confirm that indoor conditions in the winter can be just as bad for one's complexion.

Indoor heating is abusive to the skin, continuously pulling moisture out of the air, dehydrating it. In addition, the older one gets, the drier the skin gets. The glands in your skin get smaller and begin vanishing. This diminishes their ability to hydrate. Naturally then, the consequence is drier skin.

Unless you have really oily skin, switch to a richer moisturizer, and apply it while skin is still damp to help seal in moisture. Using a nutrient-rich moisturizing cream is the most important remedy for winter-beaten skin.

To reduce the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles, while evening out natural skin tones to have a smoother, softer, younger looking, more radiant complexion - apply your moisturizer three times a day. You should also include the following beneficial basic techniques:

  • Water: Hydration from the inside, by drinking water is one of the most important things you can do for skin, say dermatologists, in cold weather as well as hot.
  • Protect: Don't forget that the sun puts out damaging rays even during the winter months, so use your daily sunscreen not exceeding a 30SPF.
  • Eat good fats: food like salmon and flaxseed that are loaded with nutritious omega-3 fatty acids can revitalize skin.
  • Humidify: when the heat in the house is on, replace lost moisture by using a humidifier.
  • Wear cotton: for clothing that goes next to your skin, avoid fabrics like wool; they abuse skin with friction and can dry it out.

While at home, consider the following for some well deserved pampering for your skin:

  1. Cleanse: For winter chose a milk cleanser over a gel. Over-cleansing can strip your skin of natural oils, so only use your cleanser at night and simply use your toner/lotion on your face in the morning. What to avoid - SD alcohol 40 and Denatured Alcohol (the “bad” alcohols often found in toners) can be very drying.
  2. Hydrate: Hot water can strip skin of moisture, so keep showers short and the water lukewarm.
  3. Exfoliate:This becomes extra important for removing dry skin cells in winter. This will also allow your moisturizer to better penetrate skin. Be gentle. Some exfoliants (scrubs) are too harsh to use on reactive skin but if you must use one, the gentler, the better. LESS is MORE.
  4. Moisturize: To help prevent the loss of moisture from the skin and help protect the skin from the environment. I strongly suggest a skin consultation with a skincare professional to get the right moisturizer for your skin type and condition. For highly reactive skins be carful of Humectants, Synthetic dyes, Synthetic fragrances, and Sodium or Ammonium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfate (extremely drying and irritating to the skin).
  5. Use Serums or concentrates: Liquids with active ingredients like vitamins and anti-oxidants that are chemically formulated with smaller molecules so they can penetrate deep into the skin. Serums are designed to penetrate and treat various skin conditions, such as redness, dehydration or lack of firmness. Most serums should be locked in with the recommended moisturizer. Serums help yield better results.
  6. Use Masks: Depending on the type, facial masks perform a variety of functions. We presently love the DMS mask with Vitamins. When a mask is removed, the skin has a radiant glow, it feels tighter, and it looks better!

Visit your skincare professional every 3-4 weeks and do give yourself a mini facial at home once a week. Cleanse, exfoliate, and apply serum & mask.

It’s all about saving one skin at a time.

Jennifer BrodeurMs. Brodeur is internationally known for her study and deep knowledge in the field of light therapy. This knowledge and experience helped create Max LED Technologies, which Ms. Brodeur co-founded in 2003. She continues to serve as director of market intelligence and head of training & worldwide seminars.

In 2009, Ms. Brodeur married her expertise and passion for the aesthetics industry to create Bella Clinique. In 2012 Bella opened a second location in downtown Montreal.

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