With the country in lockdown again, I wanted to share some practical tips to help you take care of your beautiful skin more effectively this Winter, whilst you can’t access the medical aesthetic skin treatments that you may want to! Here are my top tips for winter skincare:
Exfoliate with caution! As we age, our skin becomes less efficient at shedding old skin cells, causing them to build up and give the appearance of a dull and lacklustre complexion. Gentle and light exfoliation can help to clear away some of this build-up to reveal the radiant skin beneath, but over-enthusiastic exfoliation can also cause skincare problems – especially if it is done too vigorously or using abrasive ingredients that are too harsh on the skin. Vigorous exfoliation can cause tears in the skin, which can become sore and infected, so exfoliate gently or speak to me about whether chemical exfoliation (using chemical peels) could be an appropriate option for you post-lockdown.
Turn down the temperature in your bath or shower: Hot water strips the skin of sebum, the healthy fats and oils necessary for skin health, and dehydrates the skin. So why not turn the temperature down a few degrees to help protect your skin during the cold winter months? Your skin will thank you for it!
Protect your skin from the elements: an effective moisturiser is essential to help replace lost moisture in the cold winter months, but if your skin is damaged and sore, a barrier cream could also be helpful as a barrier between your irritated skin and dirt, grime and harmful bacteria that could enter via breaks in the skin. Look for products containing barrier repairing ceramides to help rebuild and strengthen delicate skin and encourage faster healing.
Wear sunscreen! As you know, UVA and UVB (or long-wave and short-wave rays from the sun) can damage the skin, speeding up the natural ageing process and having a detrimental effect on overall skin health. As a result, it’s important to wear a good quality, high factor sunscreen (that protects from both UVA and UVB rays) every day, even when it is cloudy or you are indoors, as UVA rays can penetrate glass!
Younger U Aesthetics will be re-opening as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so, in line with government regulations. However, I can still provide information about skincare products and post-lockdown skincare treatments if you have any particular skincare questions or concerns – just get in touch! Take care everyone!