Winter Proof your skin

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Dr Rekha Tailor, Medical Director of Health & Aesthetics Clinic gives us her top tips on how to combat the cold weather wreaking havoc on your complexion…

Ditch the dryness

Central heating on full blast can leave your skin feeling scaly but reaching for a heavy moisturiser is not always the skin saviour that you were hoping for.

“Slapping on thick, greasy and ineffective moisturisers are detrimental to your skin. This is because they weaken the skin’s barrier function and alter the natural function of skin self-hydration. The skin becomes addicted to the use of moisturiser and therefore is unable to self-regulate itself. It is the skin’s own self-regulation that keeps it looking youthful, therefore the need for the skin to self-regulate is extremely important.

“Normal skin has oil producing sebaceous glands that naturally lubricate the skin and keep it properly hydrated by preventing excessive water loss or absorption. Moisturisers work to prevent water loss by coating the skin with a substance to trap moisture – replicating what the healthy sebum balance does normally, thus inhibiting the skin from carrying out its job.

I would suggest using an oil-free alternative such as ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defence as it not only rebuilds your skin’s natural barrier function, but also helps to protect from free radicals. You can also add to your normal beauty regime by treating yourself to a booster treatment or two, such as the HydraFacial for an ultimate hydration hit.”

Show your eyes some TLC

Walking through strong winds can not only make your eyes water, but it can also make the skin around the eyes feel tighter than normal. Try the Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care Cream (£24.99, Boots), which includes a combination of vitamins, as well as hyaluronic acid – a miracle anti-aging ingredient which helps to retain moisture, keeping skin plump, firm and wrinkle free – and plant stem cells which help skin cells regenerate themselves.

Vitamin A works to stimulate cell renewal, while sesame oil and Vitamin E slow down the formation of free radicals, the harmful substances that can cause the formation of bags under the eyes.

Found naturally in the body’s joints, nerves, skin, hair, and eyes, hyaluronic acid is regularly used in beauty products because it can hold up to 3,000 times its weight in water, giving it a fantastic ability to moisturise.

Prevent chapped lips

When keeping your skin silky smooth – don’t forget about your lips, which can feel especially chapped and dry in the cold weather. Keep a Korres Lip Butter (£6, Lookfantastic.com) at hand! A buttery balm that melts on the lips and offers a shiny, tinted finish, available in six different shades. A mixture of Shea Butter and Rice Wax offers deep hydration and softness. Ideal for the common winter-curse of chapped lips!

Stay bright all winter

Niggling winds and freezing cold temperatures can leave your skin feeling less than glowing! Darting from the outside chill to the indoors warmth can leave your skin feeling dry and dull. Add some vitamin C to your skincare with DAYTOX Vitamin C Serum, (£29, Waitrose). Formulated to provide an instant glow, this serum with 10% Vitamin C tones and rejuvenates the skin, giving it a bright and radiant sheen that you can see straight away. For an even, radiant and firmer complexion. For optimum results, use morning and night after cleansing. After cleansing, put 2-3 drops on to the fingertips and gently pat into the face.

For more information visit:www.healthandaesthetics.co.uk

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