Winter Skin Care AdviceStuart | YLF
Hi, and Happy New Year to you.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably over indulged this festive period. Now whilst we’re not a big fan of making hard to stick to New Year’s resolutions, it is a good time to clear out the left overs and commit to some self-care.
Skin can really suffer at this time of year. From over indulgence to lack of care and bitter weather conditions, skin may be looking dry, congested and lack lustre.
So, what can you do to improve your skin in 2021? Here’s our top tips for better skin this January.
- Learn to DE-STRESS. Taking time for yourself and learning to let go of the things you can’t control can help shift your mindset dramatically. Read a book, go for a walk, take a bath, whatever it is that you associate as ‘me time’ do it, and do it daily if you can, even if only for 10 minutes. Can’t get a break from the kids? Then find something that you all enjoy and do it together. Reducing stress can dramatically improve your skin’s condition.
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol. Ok, we know what you’re thinking. How am I going to get through another lockdown without coffee or wine? Initially, detoxing can be hard, but you will soon see the benefits. More quality of sleep, less anxiety, less dehydration, brighter skin, we could go on and on. Reducing doesn’t mean giving it up completely, it means moderation.
- Eat clean. Nourish your mind and body with the food it needs to fuel it. Everyone knows how good junk food tastes but the buzz it gives us doesn’t last long. Sugar is particularly bad for skin as it can contribute to breaking down collagen which leads to premature ageing. Again, it’s not about giving up everything you love, it’s about moderation.
- Strip back skincare. When our skin is looking its worst it can be tempting to throw everything at it to try to get it looking better but often, less is more. Go back to basics, target your skin type; dry, oily, combination or normal. Use a gentle cleanser and hydrate with a hyaluronic acid serum (suitable for all skin types). Keeping things simple for a couple of weeks can help to calm skin before introducing more active products to tackle your skin concerns.
- Ditch face wipes and micellar water. Whilst these methods of cleansing seem quick and easy they are actually ineffective and can lead to more skin concerns. Usually full of alcohol, oils and fragrance they are notorious for dehydrating skins. Even the wipes marked as alcohol free are just smearing make up and the day’s grime across your face. Go for gentle cleansers that you can wash off in the shower or with a clean face cloth.
- Contact your local salon. Many salons, whilst technically closed are still offering advice to their clients. From online video consultations to discuss your skin concerns to home skin kits and the products you need to get the results you want. Feeling better about your skin can really boost your mood. Reach out to us, we want to help.