As the weather changes, so too does our skin. The harsh weather and central heating can cause all types of problems so we’ve put together a few tips by industry experts that will keep your skin glowing this Winter.
Here are some of the most common skin issues, with tips on how to get that A-list radiant look.
Smoking, alcohol, bad diet and wearing make-up daily can lead to dull, tired skin. Let’s face it, we all suffer from some degree of dull looking skin at certain stages so knowing how to get that healthy glow back is important.
In terms of diet, try to avoid too much alcohol and beware of too much salt, it’s the main thing that makes eyes look tired. Try drinking herbal tea to help drain away excess fluid.
According to experts, when you’re under 20, your skin cells turn over every 28 days. By your 20’s, turnover slows, and between 30 and 40, that rate slows to every 40 days. As dead skin cells pile up, they begin to diffuse the light which causes skin to look dull.
Exfoliation is an essential part of your skin regime as you age, so make sure to use a light exfoliator at night as opposed to in the morning, this way you’ll remove all the build up from the day. Try to use a glycolic acid peel once a week, as it’s one of the most effective exfoliators because it penetrates deeply.
Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant which brightens skin and helps fade sun spots that make your skin look flat and dull.
Philosophy Microdelivery peel kit €76
A two-step, in-home peel that resurfaces and rejuvenates sun-damaged, hyper-pigmented and aging skin. the kit includes vitamin c/peptide crystals and lactic/salicylic acid activating gel.
Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum €20.99
Vitamin C+ Advanced anti-ageing care with a high performance pro-collagen Vitamin C active for a more youthful, healthy glow and a smoother appearance. It helps to restore skins natural clarity and will make you feel like you have had an expert facial every day.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil €25.99
L’Oréal Paris Laboratories have specially formulated a refined blend of 8 Essential Oils. Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil is a replenishing treatment in a luxurious oil to indulge your skin and transform its touch. Skin looks smoother and more radiant, as if renewed.
Changes in weather can cause dry skin, which causes us to loose our healthy glow. It goes without saying that we need to use a good moisturiser as well as drinking lots of water daily. There is however, a big difference between moisturising and hydrating – you need to get water into your skin cells before you moisturise on top to seal it. Serum’s are extremely important to give that extra moisture boost.
A good tip recommended to me in order to brighten and smooth dry skin is to heat up a few teaspoons of water, then add two aspirin tablets and crush with a spoon. Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid, a salicylic acid derivative that brightens the skin. Massage the mixture onto the skin and leave for five minutes before rinsing off.
Vichy LIFT ACTIV Derm Source Serum 10 €34.99
This is a powerful anti-wrinkle serum that leaves skin looking and feeling instantly transformed. It has a 10% concentration of rhamnose, which is “a naturally derived plant sugar clinically proven to improve skin rejuvination,” and it’s the second ingredient listed in this serum after water.
Clarins Hydra Drench Gel Creme €45
An ultra-light, fresh, non-oily texture for normal to combination skin or all skin types in hot climates. A hydrating and pollution protecting formula rich in Katafray bark extract, a new Hyaluronic acid complex, Sorbier bud extract, Pomegranate and Willow Herb extracts as well as E3P Complex.
Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate €73
Advanced Génifique Serum targets 10 signs of youthful-looking skin. Its patented formula feels incredible to the touch. Suitable for every woman: multiple ethnicities and ages. Benefits: Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Improves the appearance of radiance, clarity, firmness, evenness in skin tone and texture.
This might sound strange but the best way to tackle oily skin is with more oil. Experts say, starving your skin of oil by using harsh cleansers will only make oily skin worse. Use an oil-based cleanser and follow with a light moisturiser.
Stress encourages skin to produce oil so it’s important to get proper sleep and try to eat more green leafy vegetables like spinach, as it provides essential fiber to help keep your skin clear.
No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser €13
The gel develops into a non-drying oil to protect the skin’s natural moisture levels and hydrate dry areas at the same time. It then changes into a light milk formula for easier rinsing, so skin is left residue-free and totally refreshed. What’s more, it’s enriched with rosehip oil to really lock in moisture and offer a fuss-free approach to truly tailored skincare.
Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser €23
Thoroughly removes makeup from oilier skins. Calms the skin. Feels refreshing and cooling. Contains botanical extracts.
Clarins Face Treatment Oil Lotus Combination/Oily Skin €39.50
Naturally astringent for Oily or Combination Skin. 100% pure plant extracts with no preservatives. Clarins’ exclusive blend of Rosewood, Geranium and Lotus extracts purifies, tightens pores and refines the skin texture. Hazelnut Oil softens, soothes and seals in moisture to prevent fine lines.
Anything that can cause inflammation is bad news for sensitive skin. When cleansing, always use lukewarm water and choose cleansers with anti-inflammatory antioxidants, such as olive oil polyphenols. Keep your routine simple with unfragranced, acid free, gentle products.
Try to eat foods that contain healthy fats, such as salmon, nuts and avocados to keep skin moisturised and in good condition. Avoid sugary foods and products containing flour as they tend to inflame skin and can cause reactions such as redness.
Avene Sensitive Skin Saviour Kit €26.99
The answer for those whose skin feels tight, blotchy and uncomfortable, this gentle routine contains all the steps needed to soothe, comfort and protect the skin and helps to reduce skin sensitivity long term.Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Free from fragrance, parabens, colouring agents and alcohol.
LA ROCHE-POSAY HYDREANE Light €14.99
HYDREANE Light Moisturising Cream for sensitive skin. Moisturises and reduces skin sensitivity. For Normal to combination skin. Hydrolipids, a new generation of water carriers designed to permeate naturally within the epidermis thanks to their perfect affinity with skin cells. They allow Hydreane to infuse the skin with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spa Water delivering moisture and its soothing properties, helping to reduce sensitivity and restore a long lasting comfort.
Lab Series Max LS Light Moisture Lotion €57
A good light moisturiser. The value comes from this being a 100ml dispenser. Use with the ‘face rescue lotion’ for nice quickly absorbed routine.
If you’re a chocolate lover you won’t like this. Cow’s milk contains male hormones, so every time you drink milk, eat cheese or tuck into that chocolate bar, the hormones are absorbed by your body, and remain active in your bloodstream, which can trigger outbreaks of spots.
To treat a spot effectively try this tip, hold a cold damp cloth over the spot for five minutes to reduce inflammation and swelling. Then soak a cotton bud in an eye drop solution for a few seconds to take away the redness. If it has a head, use products containing benzoyl peroxide to dry it out.
Thursday Plantation tea tree blemish gel €6.99
Thursday Plantation tea tree blemish gel for Acne contains Tea Tree Oil, a natural antibacterial agent that penetrates deep into the skin, helping to dry out acne and pimples.