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10 Tips For Perfect Skin This Winter!

10 Tips For Perfect Skin This Winter!

Rough skin, chapped lips, red hands… Every winter our skin goes through the same turmoil. The culprits? The wind and the cold that have the combined effect of restricting and disrupting our blood circulation. In response, a natural mechanism in our bodies jolts into action and starts reducing the natural production of sebum, causing dehydration and all that comes with it: redness, dryness, a feeling of tightness in your skin and the appearance of crocodile skin. Needless to say, no-one wants to get to that point. Avoiding all this is actually quite straightforward and it is ESSENTIAL that you use a moisturiser every day. This is just as important for your face as your body (not forgetting your hands and lips). The best way to go about it is this: every day when you get out of the shower and your skin is completely dry, apply a moisturiser formulated to protect your skin’s lipid barrier and help shield it against external aggressors. So, no more excuses, you’ve been briefed!...So, how can we get a glowing complexion, without a spot or red patch in sight? Not as hard as you think - just follow these easy skin care tips!

#1 GENTLE CLEANSING
During winter, our skin bears the brunt of foul weather, dehydrating central heating, not to mention stinking colds and runny noses. It needs mollycoddling back to health. Start in the morning: no need to take out the heavy artillery, a simple spritz of thermal or floral water will get rid of toxins accumulated during the night without irritating your skin. At night, gently cleanse with micellar water, a face oil or a cleansing lotion that you can lightly massage on to your face.

#2 MOISTURISE EVERY MORNING
It's freezing outside, baking indoors... Temperature changes harm the hydrolipidic film, meaning our epidermis loses its protective barrier. To keep your skin soft and supple, apply moisturising, lipid-rich treatments. The star active ingredients? Hyaluronic acid, collagen and glycerin. You can also opt for 100% natural ingredients such as aloe vera, shea butter or honey. Massage them in every morning so that they fully penetrate your skin. And don't forget your neck!

#3 EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN WITH A GENTLE EXFOLIATOR
It's inevitable that, even if you moisturise correctly, there will come a time when you need to exfoliate your skin, especially given winter's reputation for drying it out. Whether for your face or your body, this exfoliation, which should always be done gently and at least once or twice a month, will help purge your epidermis of dead skin. The process also helps the absorption of all the active ingredients in your skin care, as they are applied onto fresh skin, and makes your skin glow again by improving blood circulation.

#4 PREVENT BLOTCHINESS
If your skin has a hard time with windy tube stations or over heated offices, then opt for moisturisers designed for sensitive skin. They're slightly thicker than the norm, meaning they leave a protective coating on skin. This helps blood flow and prevents spider veins from appearing.

#5 KISS GOODBYE TO PAINFUL, TIGHT SKIN
Don't wait for your skin to cry out for help... As soon as it feels tight, stingy or itchy, warm up a few drops of serum in your palms and gently apply it to your face. It will immediately smooth, soothe and plump up your skin.

#6 DAY TIME PROTECTION
It may be winter, you may in town, but your skin still needs protecting from the sun! Protecting our skin from age-inducing UV rays helps to prevent wrinkles and liver spots. No need to apply an SPF 25 in the middle of winter - an SPF 15 will do the trick. Your best bet? Invest in a moisturiser that also contains an SPF.

#7 NIGHTTIME RECOVERY
To help your skin recover overnight, apply a treatment that's richer than your day cream. A cold creamor nourishing face oil will plump up the dermis and nourish the epidermis. And don't hesitate to slather on a hydrating face mask to soak your skin in goodness. Masks that can be left on overnight are great during winter and you'll wake up to baby soft skin.

#8 MAKE UP TRICKS
No need to apply a dark foundation to get a healthy glow. Stick to your usual colour, but opt for a thicker texture. Top it off with a touch of orange or pink blusher to give your winter skin a summer glow! Apply a dab of lipstick to finish the look: a richly-coloured, creamy, matt texture packed with nourishing, plumping and protective active ingredients will perfect your pout.

#9 EAT A BALANCED DIET
We are what we eat... Pay attention to your diet, as our skin needs healthy food to keep its healthy glow! Gorge on citrus fruits for their vitamin C, oily fish for omega 3 and 6, alongside vegetable oils, dried fruit and veggies for their carotenoid content. And, yes, a bit of chocolate is allowed to boost your energy! And don't forget to drink 1.5 litres of water a day - even if it's winter.

#10 GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
We're animals, after all. Winter = time to hibernate!

TIME TO SHAKE OFF THE WINTER SKIN BLUES
Spring's on its way and we want to deal with our dull, dry complexion. Just follow our tips to wake up your epidermis and get back your baby soft skin!

ADAPT YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
The days are drawing out and the mercury's slowly but surely rising. We all love this time of year... daffodils, birdsong and longer evenings when the clocks go forward. But there's a drawback - our skin has a hard time dealing with seasonal changes. So first and foremost, give it a helping hand by religiously applying a moisturiser. Apply a day cream every morning and go for a nourishing formula at night: cold creams, repairing balms and body butters work a treat. Gorging your epidermis with water will plump up your face! Kiss goodbye to itchy legs, tight or ruddy skin and a sallow complexion. And don't forget to hydrate from the inside by drinking at least 1.5l of water or fruit/herbal teas a day.

ENJOY A SCRUB
Scrubbing's essential when the seasons change. Particularly at the end of winter! It will get your skin spring-ready by removing complexion-dulling dead cells. Months of cold, damp and driving winds parch the epidermis. You have tight and itchy skin. It looks ruddy and dull. The reason? Dead cells cling to its surface and prevent it from breathing. Applying a fine grain scrub won't harm your skin, but rather protect its hydrolipidic film. Apply your scrub using wide, circular movements, working up from your heels to your neck. Pay particular attention to any rough areas - knees, elbows etc. A weekly scrub is all it takes to get back soft, glowing skin!

BALANCE OUT YOUR BODY
The end of winter sees the clocks go forward. This can confuse our biological clocks and our skin! To balance out your body, adapt your sleeping hours and stick to a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet and aim for at least 7 hours sleep a night - it'll boost both your energy levels and your complexion! Pile your plate with skin-loving fruits and veg that are bursting with vitamins and antioxidants. Plus omega 3-packed oily fish will soften your skin. And the omega 6 found in vegetable oils and cereals will help prevent dry skin.

Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc.

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