By Elsie Masutha
Our skin is affected by many factors, including our health, the food we eat, and climate change. With winter very well on its way- so is bad skin… or good skin. The following tips will help make the long cold journey not so bitter and dreadful anymore.
What you eat
Forget the beauty products, indulging in rich omega-3 fatty acids is essential to keep your skin hydrated. Have more of that salmon, tuna, spinach and walnut. Skincare expert Dr. Debra Jaliman also recommends avoiding caffeine. “It dehydrates your skin,” she explains. Rather increase your herbal tea intake.
Switch from lotion to cream
As the air becomes drier, you will need a thicker moisturizer. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier- they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration at the same time.
Recommended cream- Vaseline intensive care: Advanced repair
For soft, supple hands this season, invest in a hand cream. Start moisturizing your hands now to avoid dry and cracked hands.
Recommended Cream- Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream intensive Moisturizing hand cream
Pace the Peels
Avoid harsh peels, masks and alcohol based toners, all of which can steal vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are deeply hydrating
Recommended Cleanser- Eucerine DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing MILK
Sunscreen still? Uhhh… yes please!
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun can still damage your skin. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply if you stay out for a long time.
Recommended Sunscreen- Dermopal Sunscreen SPF30
Speak to a specialist
Going to a dermatologist even just once is a good investment for your skin. They will analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regime and give you advice on the skin products you should be using.