Parched, lacklustre skin in a common sign over the winter months and has many different causes including the effects of central heating, wind and a poor diet.
You know your skin is dehydrated when it has lost volume. Pinch the skin on the back of your hand with your index and thumb fingers. If your skin is hydrated, it quickly bounces back to normal, but if you have dehydrated skin, it slowly goes back down.
Follow these simple steps to caring for your skin in winter to avoid dehydration and encourage, soft, fresh, glowing skin.
HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUT ‘You are what you eat’ is oh-so-true when it comes to caring for your skin. Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Add watermelon, cucumber, apples, oranges, kiwi, and tomatoes to your weekly shop. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.
EXFOLIATE It is no myth! There is a direct connection between exfoliation and hydration, we all know to pile on the moisturiser if our skin is feeling a little dehydrated but more often than not this can cause a cell build up that will prevent the moisturiser from sinking in. Be sure to exfoliate regularly to enable your moisturiser to sink into the skin which will boost hydration. At Vitality Spa, we offer an indulgent exfoliating treatment using Decleor’s exclusive blend of fruit seeds, spices and essential oils, followed by an enveloping massage with aromatic balm, but we would also recommend that you invest in a good exfoliator that you can use weekly at home. Speak with your therapist on your next visit and she will help you find the best exfoliator for your skin type.
DRINK Hot Chocolates, speciality lattes and cosy cups of tea are blissful during winter but they do not hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try to make sure that you consume as much H2O as possible and if you really need something hot, then choose warm water with a splash of natural lemon – it is both refreshing and hydrating.
WASH IN LUKEWARM WATER We hear you: a hot shower or bath is just the tonic on a cold winter’s night but be prepared that lukewarm water is better as it does not strip as many oils away from the skin.
PROTECT Keep your skin protected whenever possible. We all know the summer sun damages and dehydrates our skin but many are less aware of the effects of cold winds, rain and snow. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so be sure to apply sunscreen when necessary.
SLEEP WELL Avoid sleeping in an air-conditioned room that is lacking in moisture.
When your skin is dehydrated it often looks dull and will feel very dry. It is important to invest in a good moisturiser that will replenish your skin with much-needed nutrients. You should form a regular home care routine after speaking with your therapist or a skin specialist: remember to ask an expert to prescribe the best products for your skin type as often, using the wrong moisturiser can be just as damaging as using non! Be careful not to suddenly overload your skin with excessive amounts of moisture – it could make it work. Consider investing in a Vitality MOISTURE QUENCH, this is a deeply hydrating facial for super-soft skin.