This time of year our poor skin has taken the brunt of harsh winds, rain, snow and hail, not to mention the drying effects of having the central heating cranked up to near boiling point. These extremes in temperature create a whole host of problems from dry flaky skin, localised irritation, redness, patchy and uneven skin tone through to just that rather drab and grey looking skin. Top this off with poor diet, little exercise and an increase in alcohol intake and it’s no wonder that our faces reflect exactly how sluggish we feel. With the worst of the winter over, it is time to get skin back into tip top condition not only will you see the difference but you will feel healthier too.Hydration, hydration, hydration, we can’t stress this enough. It makes a huge difference to how our skin looks and feels and it should begin from the inside. Anyone who has already made the switch to 8 glasses of water a day will be feeling rather virtuous by now, seeing as well as feeling the benefits of upping their fluid intake. Plumper, more even skin, reduced dryness and even fewer lines! For the rest of us not so dedicated followers this amount of extra fluid seems an impossible task but what is interesting is that it doesn’t have to be plain old boring water. Oh no, it can include fruit or vegetable juices, smoothies herbal teas and even just a slice of juicy fruit or water laden veggies such as watermelon, celery, oranges or tomatoes. The key is little and often, just keep it healthy and keep it flowing.
Once you have tackled hydration from the inside, it’s time to get busy on the outside and preparation is first on the agenda. Our poor old cells become as lethargic as we do over the winter months, our skin becoming dull and lifeless, so the vital first step is to re-energise and what better way to remove those dead skin cells but to exfoliate?
Full body dry brushing should be first on the list. Select a natural bristle brush and use it daily to improve circulation, start from the soles of your feet, using circular motions, working up towards the heart to help pep-up sluggish skin. For a weekly treat and skin energising boost use an all-over scrub. Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub is the perfect candidate. Invigorating essential oils of Lavender, Orange, Sandalwood and Rosemary purify and uplift whilst the mixture of olive, date seed and fig fruit powders combine to create a creamy yet effective body polishing effect to encourage silky smooth skin.
For the face, an exfoliating wash should be incorporated into your daily routine. Choose an effective but gentle exfoliator such as Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, a creamy skin smoothing and brightening formulation containing rice bran extract which is gentle enough to use every day without causing irritation. Liquorice, Aspergillus and Grapefruit not only combine to create a heavenly scent but will brighten and smooth skin tone whilst Salicylic Acid and Papain Extract dissolve dirt and debris.
With all the hard preparation work complete, those dead skin cells removed and fresh new cells at the fore, your skin will now be ready to receive a good dollop of hydration. Choosing a good daily moisturiser high in active ingredients and devoid of hydration zapping chemicals should be top of your list when considering a healthy skin regime. At this time of year, your skin will certainly thank you for any additional nourishment you can provide so choose rich formulas that will see you through to the warmer summer months.
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance is a winning combination and will certainly help bring a smile to your face. Packed full with Vitamin A, C and E helping to smooth fine lines and prevent free radical damage. Supported by botanical extracts such as Coneflower, Grapeseed and Wild Yam working hard to repair damaged and prematurely aging skin. This intensive formula not only rehydrates but helps protect the skins lipid barrier, prevent loss of moisture whatever the weather.
Finally, don’t forget to lavish your body with the same care and attention. Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream does exactly what it should combining green tea extract with an uplifting blend of Patchouli, Lemongrass, Orange, Lavender and Rosemary essential oils. Hydrates and locks in moisture to soothe even the most winter worn skin.
Good habits reap beneficial long term rewards. Hydrate yourself on the inside and the outside and step into spring feeling great and glowing with health!