Looking after your skin this winter

Published: 4th January 2013

1. Hydration. Try to use a moisturizer that has a water base instead of an oil base. Most oil-based products form a barrier on the skin which can make it difficult for the skin to draw in that badly needed moisture. Some oil based products may also leave your skin feeling greasy

2. Humidify. When the temperature drops during the winter months, so too does the humidity and this air which is cold and dry can cause you to suffer with tight, itchy & dry skin. Try to replenish the atmosphere by using a humidifier which can help to soothe dry skin irritation and eliminate any bacteria that can thrive in dry air environments. (Try placing a bowl of water in rooms with a few drops of your favorite essential oil in it, to add moisture and aroma to the atmosphere)

3. Turn the Heat down. It’s only natural when it’s cold outside to turn up the heat, but central heating can make the house even drier and it also removes moisture from the air -contributing to dry skin conditions. Turn your thermostat to lower more, comfortable setting between– 68° F to 72° F -your skin will thank you for it.

4. Water, water. Too hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry, chapped and even wrinkly looking. Make your showers luke warm instead of hot –or simply reduce your time in a hot shower to five minutes or less. Also, use a good body and facial moisturizer afterwards. Don’t just use plenty of water on the outside of your body-remember to drink plenty of water to help- flush out toxins and to help plump up the appearance of your skin.

5. Protection. All those nasty winter elements such as rain, snow and wind can irritate and damage your skin. Try to wrap up well as any additional protection you can give your skin will allow it to moisture, which will make it less likely to feel tight and dry.

6. Professional Skin Therapy. Don’t forget that if you do the best to look after your skin in between a visit to the Spa, then you will reap additional benefits when you do have a professional treatment. The fully trained therapists will be able to discuss any skin concerns you have, help you to decide on specific treatments and provide aftercare guidance for your skin.