As the weather gets colder, our skin can suffer and become dry and dull. Our skin reflects our internal environment, and the key to glowing skin is well nourished, well hydrated skin. It is always a great idea to start with hydration through the diet, and then use effective skincare and cosmeceuticals to limit water loss from the skin as well as condition and improve components of the skin physiology that are often compromised with colder weather. Well devised cosmeceuticals can also reverse pigmentation and sun damage, brighten the skin, and improve skin tone and texture.
Lifestyle tips for glowing skin
- Make your water a little more exciting; chill water and add fresh lemons and oranges, cucumber and strawberries. This is an easy way of making drinking water a little more exciting. There is also the added benefit of infused fruit and the vitamins they contain
- Incorporating more fruit and vegetables with a high water content can boost hydration; such as watermelon, cucumber, green leafy vegetables. For hydrating foods; try healthy soups and smoothies.
- Be aware of dehydrating lifestyle choices; foods high in salt, alcohol and coffee can affect your internal hydration. Potassium rich foods can help you stay hydrated due to the way in which potassium regulates water in our cells.
- Increase your intake of vitamin C rich foods. Clinical trials have shown skin appearance is improved across all parameters in individuals with a higher vitamin C intake compared to those without
- Omega 3, 6 and 9 rich foods can benefit the lipids of the skin, vital for keeping skin intact and moisturised.
- Choose a soap free cleanser, and a gentle formulation. The skin can become more sensitive in the colder months so it is important to not over cleanse or strip the skin of its natural protective oils. Look for formulations with a gentle pH and skin calming ingredients such as aloe vera and antioxidants.
- Exfoliation is important for revealing beautiful, glowing skin. Use formulations containing PHAs (Poly-hydroxy-acids) as they can gently exfoliate and also have antioxidant benefits.
- Wear sunscreen; although it may not be sunny, UVA and UVB rays are still present, so an effective sunscreen is needed to prevent sun damage. There are several effective cosmeceutical moisturisers with high SPF available.
- Moisturisers are needed to prevent moisture loss from the skin, a daytime moisturiser and a rich night time moisturiser may be beneficial.
- Remember areas prone to dryness, such as lips, hands and elbows may need a more intensive treatment.
- Invest in illuminating and pigment correcting cosmeceuticals; dark spots, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone can make the skin look dull. Bioavailable vitamin C can brighten and boost skin tone. Retinoids such as retinol, can improve the complexion and skin texture.
- Anti-ageing collagen drink such as Skinade deliver essential micronutrients in liquid form and helps to re-build the collagen matrix in your skin.