With the weather getting colder, it is time to review our beauty regimes to ensure they are winter ready preventing winter skin.
The main cause of winter skin is dehydration, this is due to the combination of the weather and central heating. Overall these two things zap the moisture away from our skin. This may lead you to feel as if you want to apply heavy creams to help fight the dryness. However, rather than slapping on thick, greasy and ineffective moisturisers that can be detrimental to your skin, due to them weakening the skin’s barrier function as they alter the natural function of skin self-hydration, you should look for an oil-free alternative such as ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defence as it not only rebuilds your skin’s natural barrier function, but also helps to protect from free radicals. You can also add to your regime by treating yourself to a booster treatment or two, such as the Hydrafacial for an ultimate hydration hit.
Product ingredients are also important factors when battling winter skin. For instance, hyaluronic acid is a powerful hydrator, it draws water up from the deeper layers of the skin into the more superficial layers. Glycolic acid and salicylic acid are both great for speeding up the shedding of the dead, dry and dull skin. These are great contributors to the healthy glow we all desire. However, exfoliation can easily be overlooked but it is a crucial step in the skincare routine. Not only does it help with dead skin removal, but it prepares your skin for the application of products that treat the skin. Meaning, you’ll be able gain much more effective results from products, as they are able to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Remembering the sunscreen is also important, sunscreen isn’t just for the summer. Applying a broad-spectrum oil free sunscreen to the face and even the hands will help protect your skin from unnecessary damage from the cold, wind and of course the sun. ZO Skin Health Sunscreen and Primer SPF 30 is a perfect option as it is a non-greasy, quick drying sunscreen with a sheer matte finish offering broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB rays that can be used alone or worn under makeup for a more even, long-lasting application.
Hands and Lips
Hands and lips take the brunt of the cold weather. Chapped lips and cracked hands almost seem like a given at this time of year, but they shouldn’t be! LipRebuild from ZO is a must have, it instantly nourishes and hydrates the lips and gives moisture that lasts throughout the day; and the nourishing hand crème from ZO is the perfect way to keep your hands soft.
Words : Founder of Health and Aesthetics Dr Rekha Tailor