Shumaila’s winter skincare guide

October 9, 2013

I’m sorry to say but it seems that winter is fast approaching with the weather predicted to take a turn for the worst which means that now is a great time to start thinking about how to deal with winter skin.


Photo: stockimages

Photo: stockimages


As the weather gets colder it can play havoc on your skin – this is because the lack of sunlight and warmth can leave your skin looking dull while central heating can leave your skin looking dry and dehydrated. So does this mean you have to book the first flight you can to warmer climes? Well no if you take action now you might be able to stop winter damaging your skin in the first place. So how can you protect your skin this winter?


Replenish and protect


You need to make sure that you are protecting your skin from the inside. So make sure you are doing everything you can to nourish your skin and Vitamins A and E and omegas 3 and 6 are vital for keeping skin and hair healthy this year. One great way of protecting your skin is to eat more orange vegetables such as carrots or squashes – this is because they are rich in Beta Carotine (the precursor of vitamin A). While fatty acids found in oily fish and fresh pumpkin and sunflower seeds will increase your intake of omega 3s and vitamin E so you can be sure you are nourished from within.


Change your skincare regime

You may have gotten into a routine over the summer months but what suited your skin then is unlikely to help in the winter months when your skin will be in need of a lot of moisture and TLC. So swab your usual face wash for a crème cleanser – basically something that will remove impurities without stripping your skin. From there moisturise and introduce serum into your skincare regime to counteract the drying effects of winter skin. While a good night cream will help your skin recover overnight. One thing to bear in mind is that even if your skin is feeling pretty dry don’t skip the exfoliator as this will help slough away any dead skin which can build up and cause your skin to look dull and clogged up.


Call in the professionals

If you do find that despite your best efforts your skin is still looking dry and dull then you may want to book in for a facial to give your skin a boost. Your therapist will be able to identify your skin’s issues and help design a skincare regime to suit your needs. What’s more a facial will be nice and relaxing so you can distress over the winter months. So it really is win-win – you get to chill out and your skin gets the treatment it deserves.