We’re all aware of the need to protect our skin from the blaze of the sun, but did you know the cold can be just as damaging? Cold winter days can bring not only a rosy glow, but also an unpleasant dryness. The winter is a tough time for skin as the epidermis – the outermost layer - is prone to becoming thicker, drier and irritable due to a drop in humidity (cold air contains 30% less moisture than warm air). Cold winds strip moisture, while central heating exacerbates dry skin.
So now’s the time to give your skin a much-needed boost with Medicetics Combined Luxury Treatment hydrating facial (£115), as recommended in Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s A-List for Medifacials.
And follow our DIY winter survival plan:
1. Moisturise more. You may need to switch to a more heavy-duty moisturiser in winter. Try choosing an oil-based product, rather than a water-based one that will seal in more moisture. But beware, not oils are suited to the face; choose lighter oils like avocado, primrose or almond oil. Glycerin and vitamin E are also good for locking in moisture.
2. Don’t scrimp on sunscreen. UV rays can be even more damaging on winter sun holidays, when your skin is in lacking natural protection. Sunscreen is even more important on ski holidays when the added UV glare can be especially damaging.
3. Wear gloves. This will prevent the delicate skin on your hands from drying and cracking in the cold.
4. Beware scalding baths or showers. They might feel good, but the heat can break down the skin’s lipid barriers leading to a greater loss of moisture and water alone can have a drying effect on the epidermis.
5. Moisturise from within. Include plenty of skin-boosting essential fatty acids from oily fish and nuts. Otherwise supplement your diet with omega-3 capsules.
6. Brighten up. Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells, which can lead to dull-looking skin, but take care to avoid harsh abrasive scrubs, which can break down the skin’s natural barrier and make dull dry skin even drier.