With autumn well and truly upon us, and winter right around the corner – it means we finally get to snuggle up in big coats, drink mulled wine by the fire, and enjoy long walks in the crisp, autumnal air. But for our skin it’s a very different story. The colder weather can wreak havoc on our skin as the air is much dryer and harsher, so ensuring you take the necessary steps to keep your skin hydrated is paramount to retaining that beautiful, healthy glow. Here are Belle About Town’s 10 top tips on looking after your skin in the colder months with advice from the experts at Ellipse UK.
- Hyaluronic Acid
Originally used as a lip filler ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid has quickly become a vital element of every beauty expert’s skincare routine. Having previously had the reputation of being an unattainable ingredient with a significant price-tag attached, it can now be found practically anywhere, including high street drugstores. Hyaluronic acid, in short is an easy to use hydrating solution you can apply any time of day, aiming to hydrate and re-plump the skin leaving it looking and feeling fresh and dewy.
- Protect your skin
The nights may be drawing in, the temperature dropping, and the sun dipping a little lower in the sky, however this doesn’t mean that your free from risk of sun damage, in fact the sun can sometimes be even harsher in the winter due to its angle in the sky. Making sure you use an SPF daily is imperative to ensure your skin is free from sun damage and drying out – many moisturisers now include and SPF making it much easier to remember to apply in the morning.
- Top up your H2o Levels
It’s no secret that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is the simplest and cheapest way to keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh, however managing to drink this much can prove difficult when you lead such a busy life. Try keeping a reusable water bottle by your desk so you remember to top up each day.
- Hydrating Sheet masks
Sheet masks have only really become a bit of a phenomenon in the UK over the past year or so, originating from the Korean beauty industry, women are now swapping their much loved clay masks in favor of these easy to use, no mess masks. There are countless hydrating sheet masks available on the market at varying price tags all promoting similar benefits for the skin, and with hyaluronic acid acting as the key ingredient, this allows your skin to enjoy a super-hydrating facial leaving your complexion plump and fresh.
- Facial Sprays
Hydrating facial sprays are perfect for busy woman who need to top up their skin hydration levels on the go. A quick spritz all over the face and neck instantly gives you a glowing complexion, eliminates that tight feeling and allows your skin to breathe. These can be found most places, from high end brands to drugstore.
- Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is a naturally rich source of essential fatty acids that re-hydrate dry, sun damaged skin and help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, burns and stretch marks. Used regularly, it can completely change the look and feel of your skin, rejuvenating and kick-starting those skin cells.
- Night time moisture masks
Our skin loses a lot of moisture overnight, and in the colder months it’s beneficial to invest in heavy duty face moisturisers. Why not try some overnight moisture masks which will allow your skin to enjoy some hydration, and you will wake up with soft supple skin that looks fresh and glowing.
- Turn the heating down
Us brits are notorious for whacking the heating on as soon as we feel so much as a small breeze drift our way – however having the central heating on all the time is actually quite detrimental to our skin, drying it out and causing it to look dull and drawn. Try and prevent putting the heating on too early by wrapping up in jumpers, slippers and cosy nightwear.
Ensuring you thoroughly exfoliate your skin a few times a week will ensure your skin stays soft and supple over the colder months. Invest in a good scrub or exfoliating gloves to rid of the dead skin cells that tend to surface over the winter months.
If you can afford to spend a little more on your skin, why not treat yourself to a professional facial. Splurging on one of these once in a while can do wonders for your skin and give it a new lease of life within minutes, and with many different types to choose from you really are spoilt for choice. The skincare specialists at Ellipse beauty have unveiled their new Light Facial device which helps diminish fine lines, wrinkles and promote a radiant and fresh complexion. The perfect winter skincare solution!