Dehydrated skin – winter skin needs some special care
Will drinking more water help?
As we age our skin loses its capacity to change with the change of season, often becoming dehydrated during the winter which surprises many of us as winter is considered a “wet” season with more moisture in the air. The reality is that the air in winter contains less water and then once we turn on the heaters this is reduced even further. This means that, unless our skin is quite young, our skin becomes dehydrated very easily.
We notice more lines, a dull lacklustre look, more uneven tones, less suppleness and a general tired appearance. These are all signs of a dehydrated skin. Dehydration is a skin condition which can affect all skin types once they begin to age which is around 25 years so whether you have naturally dry, oily or combination skin you may be dehydrated. Often skin feels both dry and oily. This is due to the skin fighting back with an increase in oil production which may cause congestion and acne. In clinic we commonly see clients with long term dehydrated skin having developed milia in the under eye, high cheek area.
Dehydration is aggravated by lifestyle issues such as poor diet, alcohol, smoking and water intake as well as climatic conditions, stress and the products you choose to use on your skin. Harsh products and nasty chemicals inflame the skin causing the cells to lose the ability to hold moisture.
Will drinking more water help?
No not really as your cells need the ability to hold the water in and around them. It is important to drink at least 2 litres per day and decrease your caffeine and alcohol however what really needs to happen is to make it easy for your skin to retain moisture. Help is available for you via our soup recipes which we have included this month for you..
Helping dehydrated skin?
- Humidify the air. Sleep with bowls of water in the room or buy a humidifier.
- Turn the heater and electric blanket off at night, direct the heater in the car away from your face.
- Carry a mist with you always. It will penetrate your makeup without upsetting it and keep you hydrated. Sit it besides your water bottle on your desk! CosMedix Mystic and Osmosis MD Boost are our current favourites!
- Read the labels on your products ensuring there are no nasty’s.
- Ensure you have at least one product containing moisture retaining ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, resveratrol and lots of antioxidants, peptides and growth factors. Nourishing your skin is as important as cleansing.
- Avoid harsh scrubs and facial treatments especially during this time.
Once your skin is well hydrated you’ll find your actives will work more efficiently, you’ll have less down time following treatments and your makeup will sit better and last longer.
Your skin will react far more favourably once spring begins – the next seasonal change!
If your skin feels dry during the day using a water spray will make an enormous difference and help your makeup to last. CosMedix Mystic or Osmosis MD Boost mists are perfect for people working in an air-conditioned or heated environment, keep it on your desk and use regularly. May be used as a daily moisturiser for oily and breakout-prone skin. Can be sprayed over make-up. Both are based on heavy water, contain antioxidants and help with other ingredients to penetrate.
It is wise to give yourself an enzyme mask at least weekly. All of our masks are healing, nourishing, stimulating and hydrating although they all have a different focus. Using one will mean you’ll enter Spring looking more radiant and fresh.
Just making few changes to your Summer regime can save your skin during the winter months and it certainly is the time to enjoy some more “hard-core” rejuvenating skin treatments – we love a good Lactobotanical treatment for hydration also. Starting the Spring season without pigmentation, capillaries and with a boost to your collagen generally brings a quiet smile to anyone’s face.
Check out our Specials page to find the one treatment you’d like to have!
Enjoy your newly well-plumped hydrated skin!