“Mix up your rou­tine in the colder months to in­cor­po­rate reg­u­lar ex­fo­li­at­ing”

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These tox­ins cause in­flam­ma­tion, de­hy­dra­tion and a cel­lu­lar change that leads to the loss of elas­tic­ity and firm­ness,” ex­plains dermatologist and Bio-Oil ex­pert Dr Jus­tine Hex­tall (www.justine­hex­tall.co.uk). Jus­tine rec­om­mends pu­ri­fy­ing the skin at night-time, as this is when our skin is nat­u­rally re­gen­er­at­ing.

Skin detox­ing is about re­mov­ing im­pu­ri­ties to re­veal brighter, health­ier skin. “Mix up your skin­care rou­tine in the colder months to in­cor­po­rate reg­u­lar ex­fo­li­at­ing, as this will en­sure skin stays look­ing its best,” says Tip­per. “Dead skin cells act like mini sponges, ab­sorb­ing your skin­care prod­ucts so that they don’t pen­e­trate e ciently to nour­ish the skin. This can be par­tic­u­larly prob­lem­atic for your skin in the win­ter

when it’s al­ready quite dry. Bu away these dulling skin cells with a good skin pol­ish­ing prod­uct, then your other skin­care prod­ucts will be ab­sorbed prop­erly.”

Once you’ve ex­fo­li­ated, it’s im­por­tant to mois­turise. Dur­ing colder weather, re­pair­ing skin­care prod­ucts will re­vive your over-worked skin – look out for retinol, vi­ta­min A and vi­ta­min E on the la­bels, as these are all tur­bocharg­ing in­gre­di­ents for op­ti­mum cell re­newal.

Of course it’s not just the en­vi­ron­ment out­side that causes prob­lems. The con­trast be­tween the fresh air out­side and the stuffy, cen­trally-heated air inside makes your skin work very hard. “Harsh con­di­tions and dra­matic changes in tem­per­a­ture cause struc­tural changes to our skin bar­rier,” ex­plains Jus­tine. “Once the skin bar­rier be­comes ine ec­tive it doesn’t hold onto mois­ture as well, and that’s when you will start to no­tice dry patches of skin and even eczema.”

The so­lu­tion? Don’t worry, we’re not sug­gest­ing you tough out the win­ter with­out any heat­ing. If you can, in­vest in a hu­mid­i­fier for your home – it’s a re­ally sim­ple, e ec­tive way to in­ject ex­tra mois­ture into the air. Jus­tine also sug­gests us­ing an an­tiox­i­dant serum in your nightly skin­care rou­tine, “to neu­tralise any free rad­i­cals left over from pol­lu­tion.”

Be­yond prod­ucts, it’s no sur­prise that ra­di­ant win­ter skin comes from the inside, too. “The true key to a clear, bright com­plex­ion starts from the inside out,” says Tip­per. “A diet burst­ing with fresh fruit, veg­gies and omega oils will en­cour­age healthy skin with a quicker re­pair time.” So if your skin is feel­ing dull and lack­lus­tre, re­fresh your skin­care rou­tine, in­vest in a few hard-work­ing prod­ucts and add an ex­tra help­ing of vi­ta­min-boost­ing fresh fruit and veg to your daily diet. Now you’re read to face win­ter head on.

Pro­tect your skin

with a thicker mois­turiser, says natur­opath Tip­per

Lewis

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