Are you making these 3 Winter Skin Mistakes that almost everyone makes?
Are you not using sunscreen on your face because it’s cold and cloudy and you’re not spending too much time outdoors?
UVA rays, the ones responsible for changing the DNA of your cells and leading to premature lines, wrinkles and sagging, are the same strength all year round from summer to winter. Additionally, they can penetrate through clouds, windows in your home and car or office. This is why it’s essential that a moisturiser with a sunscreen is applied to your skin every single day of the year if you are serious about protecting your skin from the damaging rays.
Daylight is the number 1 cause of premature skin ageing and, because of this, sunscreen is considered to be THE BEST anti-ageing product you will ever use.
When the skin is dry and flaky on your face, applying an extra thick layer of moisturiser will surely take care of this, right? Wrong. Your skin is like a sponge in that it takes what it needs and then the rest sits on top. When you apply an extra layer of moisturiser, this may be wasteful since the skin can only absorb so much. For blemish prone skins too much of the wrong moisturiser may cause congestion, bumps, and breakouts.
The first solution is to use the right moisturiser for your skin type. You want a moisturiser that has effective hydrating ingredients that actually repair the lipid barrier and prevent transdermal water loss.
Great moisturising ingredients for dry flaky winter skin are safflower, soybean, sweet almond, carrot, borage and sunflower oils as well as ceramides and linoleic acid. These ingredients will actually correct the lack of oil and lack of hydration deep within your skin and repair the skins lipid moisture barrier to make your skin supple, moist and smooth.
A second solution is to apply a serum under your moisturiser to deeply hydrate your skin. Serums have smaller molecular structure than moisturisers so they absorb deeper with the skin cells.
Did you know that you have a 60 second window after cleansing to seal in moisture while your skin is damp? Otherwise, you risk severe dehydration. Since the air is dry in winter, especially with central heating.
Here’s what happens. When you wash your face, your skin is damp. Water acts like a magnet and it will attract water out from the deepest layers of skin and evaporate into the dry air. The result is even drier skin. To prevent this from happening, be sure to get your products on quickly after moisturising and seal everything in moisturiser. This will keep your skin moisturised and hydrated.