Protect skin from winter elements with 6 expert tips.

Glowing skin in cold weather - it's possible!

November 20th 2023.

Protect skin from winter elements with 6 expert tips.
As the winter months approach, it's important to remember that the cold weather can have a drastic effect on our skin. With biting winds, plummeting temperatures, and low humidity levels, our skin's natural moisture can be stripped away and leave it vulnerable to dryness, flakiness, and irritation.

To ensure that our skin remains healthy and radiant amidst the winter chill, we must change our skincare routines. Skincare professional Eavanna Breen recommends maintaining a healthy skin barrier throughout the winter months as the number one way to protect our skin. Here she shares her top six steps on how to do this.

Gentle cleansing is key. Eavanna advises to stay away from anything harsh and opt for mild, hydrating cleansers that won't strip away the skin's natural oils. Chemical exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids can be used to remove dead skin cells without physical abrasion, while oil cleansers are best for adding more moisture.

Hydration is also essential in the colder months. Incorporate hydrating facial masks or deep moisturising treatments to give the skin an extra boost and choose moisturisers and serums with ceramides and fatty acids to support the skin barrier and enhance its resilience.

Regular application of serums can help to strengthen the skin barrier, decrease trans-epidermal water loss, and hydrate the skin. Panthenol, antioxidants, and skin-replenishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid should all be considered.

Sun protection should not be forgotten in winter. Even in cold weather, UV rays can still damage the skin barrier, so it is important to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, especially on exposed areas such as the face and hands.

A good diet can also help protect your skin from UV damage all year round. Foods that are rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, such as lycopene, can improve your skin's protection against UV rays. The best sources of carotenoids are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, broccoli, mangos, apricots, kale, peas, tomatoes and melon. Vitamin E, which is found in vegetable oils, almonds, and nuts, can also help to protect the skin from the sun.

Finally, professional treatments can give the skin an extra boost. Expert treatments such as hyaluronic acid-based dermal boosters, mesotherapy or profhilo will contribute to a healthy skin barrier and glowing skin this winter season.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your skin remains healthy and radiant throughout the winter months.

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