Our Top 8 Tips to Ban the Winter Skin Dullness

Do you feel like your skin gets worse during the winter months? Don't worry, you're not alone.

Our skin can seem worse during winter for many reasons.

The rapidly changing temperatures from hot to cold or rainy days to extreme winds can fastly affect our skin's moisture barrier function, making it harder for our skin to maintain hydration and be able to protect itself.

This moisture barrier impairment can also lead to inflammation within the skin, redness, irritation and dullness.

Although your skin type cannot change whether it's summer or winter (because it is primarily determined genetically), our skin can experience different skin concerns that change from season to season

Here are my top tips for surviving this winter skin blues:

1. Hydration

Hydration is a crucial factor to help all skin types cope during winter - and yes, even if your skin type is oily, you still need to moisturise, as winter can dehydrate oily skins too!

Your acid mantle, which is the protective layer of your skin, is made up of oil and water. To avoid dehydration through winter, introduce hyaluronic acid and fat lipids to your skin regime.

Adding in hyaluronic acid will prevent trans epidermal water loss (water escaping from the skin cells). And Omega Complex (especially in extremely dry/dehydrated skins) will nourish, hydrate and protect the skin.

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Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum is a long lasting serum which floods the skin with hydration, replenishes from within, and helps prevent future dehydration - creating a healthy circular and sustained hydration flow.  

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Revitalise your senses and renew the look of dry, dehydrated skin with this luxurious total-body Omega-Complex Treatment Oil. Rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E, this multitasking product works to deliver a daily dose of hydration to help protect and nourish the skin for a radiant-looking complexion that glows.

2. Changing Cleansers

Changing your cleanser through winter to help nourish the skin can be an important step. We tend to feel more dehydrated or irritated through the harsh winter months, so it's a good idea to change your cleanser to suit your skin better.

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The ultimate cleansing oil, containing a nutrient-rich blend of olive, moringa, kukui, safflower, sesame and argan oils works to gently break down dirt, excess oil and impurities while nourishing the skin with vitamins – all without stripping away essential moisture. Use it as a makeup remover or to dissolve sunscreen.

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This gentle foaming cleanser has been specifically designed for redness-prone skin. Infused with calming, strengthening and conditioning actives, it helps to soothe sensitivity and improve skin health.

3. Be gentle on the exfoliation

Everyone loves to exfoliate their skin, but you might end up overexfoliating in winter, which can lead to skin concerns such dehydration or sensitivity.

You may want to change the exfoliant you use during winter. Changing from a deeper chemical exfoliation like AHA or BHA to a more gentle exfoliation like a light enzymatic exfoliant could be the answer here.

Exfoliation will help to regenerate new cells, guarantee a deeper absorption of your hydration serums and give you radiant skin for winter - as long as it is gentle and suited for the harsh temperatures of this time of the year.

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Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask is a potent antioxidant-rich exfoliation mask, carefully formulated to gently eliminate dead skin build-up without irritation or harm revealing a hydrated, brighter, smooth complexion.

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Dermalogica Daily Milkfoliant is an oat & coconut based powder exfoliant for all skin types. Clinically proven to smooth skin calmly, Daily Milkfoliant gently polishes the skin to reveal smoother more vibrant skin, while replenishing and restoring the skins natural moisture barrier.

4. Mask up for glowing skin

Masks are a great tool to utilise for the skin. This is a great way to penetrate hydrating ingredients that are full of antioxidants and nutrients to protect and combat the winter skin.

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A luxurious sheet mask enriched with vitamins and hyaluronic acid to soothe, nurture, and deliver intense hydration for dewy, glowing skin.

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Intensive overnight hydration for dry and mature skin, PCA Skin Hydrating Acid Overnight Mask will soothe, rejuvenate and protect your skin from harsh climates with the heaviest moisturiser including antioxidants, botanicals, and hydrolyzed silk.

5. Adequate water intake

When the colder months arrive, it is hard to keep the adequate water intake up. However, not having enough water can affect how our skin copes and feels through winter. An extra tip is to opt for natural teas with ginger to keep you hydrated.

6. Essential Fatty Acids

Taking a supplement of Omega 3 is important for skin health and protection. Supplementing your skin health with essential fatty acids will support cell membrane development and hence acid mantle creation and maintenance. This is an important step in treating dehydrated skin!

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Bestow Beauty Oil moisturises your skin from within. It is your edible cosmetic, making your skin soft, smooth and velvety.

Bestow Beauty Oil is able to do this because it contains high levels of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), a blend of cold-pressed organic flax seed and safflower oil, formulated to deliver the best balance of healthy fats for clear, glowing skin.

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This complex omega 3 supplement containing fish oils and vitamin A is recommended for overall skin health and hydration, providing support for all skin types and is highly recommended for dry skin conditions.

7. Get enough sleep

I cannot stress enough how important your sleep is. A healthy mind, body and skin must get a sufficient amount of sleep.

It is recommended for adults to sleep between 7-9hrs. During our sleep, many major functions work to repair, regenerate and recover physically and mentally, support our brain function, aid in body metabolism, and lowers stress levels.

But besides all the benefits for your overall health and wellbeing, sleeping well and having enough sleep is also crucial in how healthy our skin feels and looks, as its regenerative process happens at night!

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Experience exquisite softness for the ultimate beauty sleep! Rich, plush silk has been crafted into the most luxurious eye mask for true rest and relaxation. Whether you’re travelling or simple relaxing in your home, the BeautySilks Eye Mask adds a touch of refined style to your bedtime routine.

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Pure silk pillowcase front combined with anti-slip cotton reverse design will make sure you wake up refreshed and rejuvenated every morning. Designed for those wanting to maximise their skincare investment, reduce fine line and wrinkles and help with care of hair.

8. Wear sunscreen every day of the year

We always protect our skin through the summer months, but what about winter? SPF protection is important all year round. The harmful UV rays are the number one cause of ageing skin. This is your best anti-ageing product!

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This hydrating, all-mineral daily SPF moisturiser delivers broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.

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A very high protection, water resistant mineral sunscreen cream which has been specially developed to provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF50 from the sun. Combines Zinc Oxide 22.7% and Glycerin to protect and assist with minimizing the harsh ageing effects of UV exposure. Invisible on the skin with a sheer, light finish.

About The Author:

My name is Sari Pols,
I have been in the skincare industry for over 15 years. My passion lies in ‘Health’. Health for the skin and body. My philosophy is if we have good well-being on the inside, then it shows our vitality on the outside.
I have furthered my knowledge of Skin Anatomy, Skin Concerns, and Fitness. I am a true believer in how to make my clients feel their best both inside and out. My emphasis is on guiding my clients through their journey of skin concerns and conditions. I do not like to band-aid a concern or condition but want to get down to the root of the cause. I aim to give personalised consultations with treatment and correct prescribed skin products.

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