Skin in winter can often take a bashing. The elements are harsher, the winds are high but most importantly the air is drier. This is sometimes why when the wind blows , you feel as though somebody is throwing ice with pins in it at your face.
This drier air can reek havoc on our skin. The lack of moisture in the air means that our bodies have to work harder to keep our skin balanced with the correct amounts of moisture and oil and at the correct PH too. Often our skin starts behaving in way that it didn’t in previous seasons and combating these problems is not always simplistic.
Knowing your own skin can really help when dealing with changes in the weather. When you know your skin well, you can recognise changes as they start happening and also work out what those changes mean.
Even before getting to know your own skin, it is important to understand skin in general. So lets begin there. Get your pen and note pad out because a mini science lesson is about to commence!
Facts About Skin
Skin is the largest organ of the body and it has 5 main functions:
- Protection: it covers your skeletal system and everything in between, it prevents harmful micro-organisms, toxins and pollutants from getting into your body. Think of it a little like Captain America’s shield in Avengers. (If you haven’t seen it, go Netflix-ing and watch it, it’s epic!)
- Heat regulation: to maintain our bodies at the correct temperature, if we overheat it has dyer consequences, if we get too cold, it’s much of the same
- Secretion: our oil glands (the proper term is sebaceous glands) secrete sebum to add moisture to our skin, this is what keeps hydrated.
- Excretion: sweat glands (sudoriferous glands) excrete sweat, remove excess salts and unwanted waste chemicals
- Absorption: only a select amount of the ingredients we apply to the skin can be absorbed through it,which is really smart as most of pile on a ton of crap!
So as you can see, our skin does an amazing amount of things for us. It’s a shame that we don’t always treat it with such respect.
The skin has many layers which also have several functions. Below is a diagram so you can see exactly how thin but intricate your skin structure is:
Skin is beautifully complex and it requires care. I realise that sometimes we don’t always realise what we need to do to help our skin through the winter so that’s why I decided to write this blog post.
Winter Skin Behaviour
We asked our readers to tell us about their skin issues so we could deal with the top 3 skin behaviours and offer tips and help to resolve these problems.
Skin Behaviour 1
” My skin is flaking, specifically around my nose and on my cheeks”
Your skin is loosing its moisture and oil balance due to the drier air which is causing inflammation which in turn causes flakiness.
What’s the solution?
Tip -Incorporate an oil into your pre- cleansing routine. Even if you don’t wear makeup using oil cleansers are fabulous for putting oil back into the skin which can help to balance moisture levels. We often head straight to the cleanser to remove the dirt however oil does a fantastic job of removing make-up and dirt. So not only will your skin be amazingly nourished, tt will be super clean! #winning!
Just a word of advice. I wouldn’t advise using olive oil as it is too heavy but coconut oil is a great oil cleanser and it’s relatively inexpensive. Here are some other oil cleansers I would recommend.
This baby seems a tad on the pricey side but with 2 to 4 pumps of it a day, it will last you all through the winter and then some! This is one of my personal favourites. Mascara doesn’t stand a chance with this. Who doesn’t want to give themselves a little facial massage love?
Shu Uemura’s philosophy on cleansing oil is that molecularly oil attracts oil, so the benefits of using oil far outweigh those of just using a water based cleanser. I only agree partially because not all skin is the same and so a skin care routine requires customisation. This oil is fabulously lightweight and it really refreshing on the skin
This oil behaves similarly to Dermalogica Precleanse when water is added to it. It turns into a milky emulsification which can take a little getting used to at first but your skin feels really nourished afterwards. The great thing about this oil is that it isn’t too pricey and they have a small 30ml version for £3.00 so you can give it a test drive.
Skin Behaviour 2
“My skin feels tight and crepe like, especially in the morning.”
With the air being drier and your skin having to take the impact all the time, your skin doesn’t recover as quickly even at night when it should be repairing. The likelihood is the air inside your home is dry too due to the heating being on more often.
What’s the solution?
Tip – Try and open the windows at home for a few minutes during the winter to let some moisture into any rooms that you spend time in. You probably spend the whole day in air that is a lot drier. The commute to work, the heating in the office, the heating a home. All the extra artificial heat is causing your air to be drier. You could also try and get a humidifier( or a put a bucket of water near the heat source the room) to put moisture back into the air, better yet if you drop some essential oils in the water, the smell is amazing!
Tip – Try using a serum at night. The penetration levels of serums are higher because of their molecular structures. Your skin may need a little extra help repairing at night! Here are a few you could try:
Let me introduce you to ‘fix your face in a bottle’. This is one of the most potent serums I have ever had the pleasure of laying my hands on and I found it by mistake. It’s price tag is definitely linked to its efficiency. Esteé Lauder has a great range of serums so even if you feel this one is not in your price range, check them out.
This little bottle of goodness is an awesome find at £5.99. Jojoba Oil does wonders fro dry skin. Actually it does wonders for dry anything. It is rich in natural Vitamin E which a great antioxidant. The more antioxidants the better. This is a steal at £5.99 so if you want to give serums a try, you can start here.
Skin Behaviour 3
“Even though, the air is drier, my skin seems to be getting even more oily!”
This is an age old problem, particularly for people with oily skin and this happens when the skin dehydrated. With the dryness of the air our acid mantle (film layer on the skin) can become disturbed and moisture is not retained. When skin gets dehydrated it produces more oil to overcompensate for its dryness.
What’s the solution?
Tip – I’m sure you’ve heard this 100 million times, DRINK MORE WATER! The hydration level of the body is often reflected in the skin and dare I say it…each person’s body has a different level of hydration that it needs. Of course there are recommended amounts which are great, but for some of you, the levels maybe higher. Make tweaks and do what works for you.
Apart from drinking water you can put moisture on the skin topically. This will mean that you are actually approaching the issue from the inside as well as the outside. You may also want to spend more time getting rid of oil and drawing out impurities with the skin. Here a few of my recommendations:
This serum right here is the booster of all boosters. It has an amazing silky texture and when you use it it’s like your skin is having a cocktail by the pool…AAAHHH! It’s brilliantly effective and it will do exactly what is says on the tin! Hydrate, Hydrate and yes you guessed it…HYDRATE! Get your winter skin moisturised people!
This moisturiser is great for winter skin. It helps skin that is feeling a bit weaker than normal. It has a balanced texture and consistency and the price tag is just fabulous. I love La Poche-Rosay. Their product engineering is fantastic and I don’t think this brand gets enough recognition in the UK. It’s ranges are reasonably priced too so there isn’t a huge outlay when trying to build your skincare routine. Try it out.
Masks for Oily Skin
In terms of drawing out impurities from the skin and dealing with oil, I think these products are great:
NuSkin Epoch Glacial Mud Marine Mask -RRP £26.00
This mask is pretty darn epic. It literally draws out impurities from the skin so they are visible and and can be removed. There are about 25 -3o applications in a bottle so I think that price tag is quite reasonable. You have to get in touch with an independent distributor in order to purchase Nuskin products. If you would like to know more send an email to email@example.com
This product has been featuring in my home facial routines long before I become a beauty expert and it has and will forever be on of my list of staple go to products. My relationship with it is so serious that I started buying it when it was priced at £6.00. The warming effect is lovely and it’s beneficial for getting blood circulation to the face. Not only will your skin be less oily but it will have a healthy glow to it due to increased blood circulation.
Lots of information about winter skin and maybe lots for you to do and look at, but wouldn’t you rather have enviable skin all year round?
So ladies and gents that concludes our blog post. As you know we offer professional facials using a range of products that can propel your skin into winter stardom. It takes a little dedication to get there.
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Next week on the blog we’ll be discussing full winter skincare routines for different skin types.
Until Next Week!
Have an awesome weekend!