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Winter Skin Care

Jul 21, 2013

I don’t know about the rest of the country but winter this year in Melbourne seems particularly severe and roll on summer I say.  Winter time can be a bit miserable but it can also be very stressful on your skin.  Alternating between the cold and moist air outside and the dry, artificially heated air inside can cause your skins barrier to become impaired.

If you are suffering from winter skin then the best thing you can do is start a pre-planned skin routine.  A weekly exfoliation will help remove dry and flaking skin, promoting the renewal process to create a fresh looking complexion.  Depending on your preference, you can use one that contains beads or personally I prefer a fruit enzyme exfoliant, either way your skin will love you for it.  We all know that rehydrating your skin regularly is absolutely imperative but try considering a moisturiser that has little more oomph to help really protect your skin as well as keeping it hydrated.  Humectants are a super substance that attracts moisture to the skin, so look out for ingredients such as glycerine, sorbitol and AHA’s.  Sunscreen application is also very important, yes even in winter! In winter the level of UVB (which causes sunburn) is less than in summer but what many people don’t realise is that UVA levels are surprisingly consistent all year round.  UVA penetrates far deeper into the skin and is the main cause of premature aging of the skin and wrinkling.  Here in Australia, UVA levels are very high all year round and if we don’t use sunscreen in winter then this increased UVA exposure wreaks havoc with our skin.  Physical sunscreens are the best, but ensure it contains ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

Another problem with winter that we often tend to be less strict with our healthy eating and fitness regimes.  Diet is actually very important for the health of our skin and what you put inside will show on the outside.  A seasonal diet that is high in antioxidant rich fruit and vegetables, protein and whole grains is advised.  Similarly, daily exercise will help boost your circulation and improve the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to your skin.

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