Winter absolutely ravages my skin, as soon as the temperature drops beneath 5 degrees my skin switches from pretty normal to something that is reminiscent of the Sahara. Add a cold to that and I'm not fit for human eyes.
I'm over the worst of the first cold of 2016 (it didn't wait long to pounce alas) but now it's time to get my skin back into shape to tackle the chill that is inevitably coming. Thankfully I work at The Hut Group so I can bug all the team at Beauty Expert to give me expert advice on how to solve my skin woes, this time Kerry came to my rescue and recommended a few products to use alongside my usual lifestyle changes. If you're in need of a little skin rescue this winter, take a look at the 7 things below to help you on your way to perfect skin.
Eat WellImproving your diet is one of the best ways to improve your skin, and let's be honest December probably wasn't the best month for healthy eating so you should be able to see results pretty quickly.
Avocado is one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your skin; it's packed with fatty acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants, all of which help to keep your skin moisturised, plump (in a good way) and to reduce the signs of ageing. Plus it tastes delicious! You can find a few of my avocado recipes here.
Salmon is another great food for Omega-3 fatty acids and eggs are great for making DIY facemasks too so it pays stock up your fridge to improve your skin.
MoisturiseKeeping your skin moisturised is vital around this time of year, the combination of winter weather, central heating and air conditioning can dry your skin out so quickly. My hands tend to suffer more with dry skin than any other part of my body and I'm prone to eczema in the winter, I've always struggled to find a hand cream that doesn't leave my hands greasy and doesn't cause my eczema to flare up.
Thankfully Kerry recommended the Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex and it has transformed my skin. It targets 8 different types of ageing (improving firmness, elasticity, density, evenness, brightness, texture, smoothness and hydration) and I've noticed such an improvement in just a week. It comes in 100ml tube which I love, I always find hand cream comes in such tiny tubes that they don't last long at all. Plus, it's currently 25% off on Beauty Expert, I'm stocking up now!
HydrateIn the words of Homer Simpson 'water, water everywhere so let's all have a drink'. I am a big believer in drinking water throughout the day, I usually go through a couple of litres during office hours and it is so good for keeping skin hydrated and clear. I also don't go near other kinds of drinks like tea, coffee, coke or juice (personal taste and caffeine aversion rather than me being angelic, I cannot say the same about wine!) which also helps.
Night TreatmentsUsing products during the night is a great way to help your skin while it's regenerating and the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment is the most recent addition to my evening skincare routine. It accelerates cell turnover to dramatically smooth texture and fine lines, helping to smooth out and hide any imperfections that I've gathered in the past few festive weeks. It does all the hard work while you're sleeping, dreamy.
I always find exercise is a great way to improve my skin, even after a few gym sessions I can see the difference! Exercise opens up the tiny arteries in your skin which allows more blood to reach your skin's surface helping to repair damage and deliver nutrients, so the healthier your body is, the healthier your skin will be.
As gross as it may be, sweating while you exercise is basically a mini facial. Your pores open up and the sweat pushes out the dirt and oil, just make sure to wash or cleanse your face afterwards to make sure it's all gone.
Use a Serum
As I get older, using a serum gets more and more important, the NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum is the best one I've tried so far. Instead of targeting the initial signs of ageing, it works on improving the foundation of the skin to make it look and act younger.
One of the best things about this product is that you can see the difference in 5 days (not going to lie, I saw the difference in around 7 days but that's still pretty impressive!), it's an absolute wonder serum! The NIOD Photography Fluid as also supposed to be a-mazing, it's next on my list to try, you apply it under your make up (or instead of) and magically makes your skin photograph beautifully, it's the best way to cheat your way to better skin, even if it just for selfies.
VitaminsVitamins C and E are key to keeping your skin looking (and feeling) healthy, they help to boost collagen levels (firmer skin for all!) as well as improving your skin's healing response.
I've been topping up my Vitamin C levels with the MyVitamins Vitamin C Effervescence Tablets, they dissolve in water so are perfect for a vitamin hit while you hydrate. Two birds with one stone!
Now, time for my daily dose of vitamin C and water before work, let me know if you have any tips for keeping your skin in the best condition this winter in the comments below.