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