Dry, winter air can wreak havoc on skin. Not only does it steal moisture away, it can lead to tiny cracks in the surface, lowering skin’s ability to protect against free radical damage. In fact, if you’re not careful, you can suffer accelerated aging over the winter months.
With a few changes to your skin care routine, you can avoid the damage and keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant during these winter months. Avoid these seven mistakes, and step up your nourishing and moisturising care.
1. LICKING YOUR LIPS!
We do it without thinking about it. Our lips get dry and our tongues naturally respond. This is horrible for our skin. Not only does the saliva evaporate, taking the moisture with it, it also contains enzymes that help digest your food—think “break down.” These enzymes do the same to the thin, fragile skin on your lips, so you end up with drier, more chapped lips than before you licked them.
Instead: Keep lip balm with you always, and use it whenever you feel the urge to lick. Make sure you choose a product without petrolatum ingredients, as they can cause long-term dryness. Look for bee’s wax, honey, shea butter, natural oils, and aloe.
2. FORGETTING SUNSCREEN
When the clouds are out and the day is grey, we tend to forget about applying sunscreen. After all, we can’t see the sun! But remember, even when you can see it, it’s still there. In fact, winter sun can be even more dangerous, as UVA rays still come through, and they’re the ones most responsible for aging and skin cancer.75% of all ageing, lines and wrinkles are caused by UVA Rays from the sun and can be penetrated through windows/ glass. Try our Yasumi SPF Face Cream for great daily moisture with the added protection of SPF 30.
3. USING YOUR SUMMER SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Winter came suddenly for many of us this year. That means we didn’t get time to adjust. If you’re still using your summer products and routine, it’s time to re-evaluate. The skin naturally needs more moisture in winter, as the air is drier and tends to steal more hydration from the skin. If you don’t respond to this change in needs, your skin will end up dry, dull, and damaged for your holiday get-togethers.
Instead: Ask yourself: what does my skin need? Increased moisture is the most common requirement. You may want to change your lotion to a cream, and consider liquid foundation over powder. You may also want to change up your cleanser from a gel or lotion to a more cream-based formula. If you haven’t already, add an anti-aging serum to pump up the hydration. Your skin should feel soft, smooth, and comfortable. If you notice tightness, dryness, or itchiness, something is off and you need to try something else.
4. PUTTING ANYTHING ON FLAKY SKIN
I know, we try to cover it up, but it just doesn’t work. Any type of foundation, even liquid, will just call attention to the damaged skin. If you notice flakes, it means two things: 1) you’re not exfoliating enough, 2) your moisturizer isn’t working.
Instead: We usually suggest exfoliating one-to-two times a week, but in the winter, that may not be enough. If you notice flaky skin, go ahead and exfoliate—just make sure you’re using a gentle product. Avoid nut-based and plastic-based scrubs, as these cause damage and irritation that can lead to redness and acne breakouts. Instead, look for Dead Sea mud or clay, papaya and other natural enzymes, oat ingredients, fruit-based ingredients, gentle acids, and essential oils. Then make sure that your moisturizer is giving your skin what it needs. An added serum (as noted above) may be the perfect solution. Moisturizing masks can also be a lifesaver.
5. NEGLECTING YOUR HANDS
We tend to focus on our faces while neglecting our hands. In the last few years, however, we’ve begun to realize that our hands can quickly betray our age faster. It’s time to extend your skin care routine to your hands—which are the first to suffer in rough, winter weather. We wash them more often to avoid getting sick, and we expose them to the elements—all without giving them any extra care. This is a sure recipe for dry, callused, cracked, and old-looking hands.
Instead: Carry a good, quality hand cream with you. Put it on after each washing. This is critical if you want soft, smooth, and young-looking hands. Avoid hand sanitizer if you can—most are alcohol-based, which dry out your skin. Warm water and soap work just as well if you have it nearby. Finally, step up your hand care at night. Exfoliate your hands (you can use the same product you use on your face) and apply a deep, anti-aging moisturizer. If your hands are really suffering, wear cotton gloves overnight to seal in moisture.
6. FAILING TO USE A HUMIDIFIER
Dry dry dry. That’s the air in most locations during the winter. All day and all night long it’s pulling moisture from your skin. You can apply moisturizer and apply moisturizer, but the air keeps stealing it away. If you don’t use a humidifier—at least in your room, overnight—you’re fighting a losing battle against the dryness.
Instead: Find a humidifier that works for you and use it in your bedroom, and potentially in other areas of your home to hydrate the air.
7. IGNORING YOUR FEET
Once we stop wearing sandals, a lot of us forget about our feet. This is a bad idea in winter. Feet (along with hands) take the brunt of the abuse, and are often the first part of the body to feel the cold. You know that the second something’s wrong with your feet, your whole body can feel off. Besides, the longer you neglect them, the harder it will be to get them in shape next spring.
Instead: Consider not only maintaining your foot care, but stepping it up. A warm footbath can wash away all your stress in the winter, and if you add some deep moisturizer and self-massage afterwards, you’ll feel like a new person! Add Epsom salts to your bath to soothe any foot pain and soften skin, and regularly buff the soles to keep them soft and healthy. Alternatively get a professional pedicure with the added Hard Skin Removal (you could even treat yourself to a bit of colour).
Facials are so much more than an hour of indulgent pampering. They have enormous benefits to the health and wellness of your skin, both in the short and long term. When you consider all of the regular visits you make (dentist, hair salon, gym), you'll realize you really should be focusing some of that time on your skin—even if it's just when seasons change and your skin is at its most vulnerable. Here are 10 reasons why you should get facials regularly.
Extraction for clear pores
Who doesn’t love extracting blackheads, pores and pimples?! Well, unfortunately, poorly extracted skin (or "picking pimples") is the reason so many of us have facial scarring, broken capillaries and acne flare-ups. Extraction is a delicate procedure that must be done hygienically and carefully. By regularly getting the gunk out of your pores, your skin will breathe better, look healthier and suffer fewer breakouts and a trained aesthetician is the best person for the job.
Masks and peels for a healthy complexion
When was the last time you used that mask in your bathroom vanity? Probably the last time you had a facial, right? We may have good intentions of upkeeping a healthy skincare routine but, so often, life gets in the way and we forget to do that weekly mask. During a facial, your pores will be opened, dirt extracted and then prepared for a mask or two. Depending on your skin’s needs, the mask’s purpose may be to calm, hydrate or decongest the skin.
Massage for lymphatic drainage
Most facials include a certain amount of face, décolletage and scalp massage. Not only does this send us into deep relaxation but it helps to promote lymphatic drainage–in other words, it gets rid of toxins and reduces fluid retention. By flushing out these toxins we also promote circulation, which leaves skin glowing and youthful.
Even those with dry sensitive skin need their cleanser to dig a little deeper. We could probably all afford to cleanse our skin for longer or to cleanse it more effectively. Deep-cleansing facials make up for our lazy ways by thoroughly removing dirt and oil build-up without drying the skin. Proper cleansing means your pores will be refined and your complexion will look and feel rejuvenated. It's kind of like supplementing regular toothbrushing with visits to the dentist.
Get good advice
Your aesthetician will assess your skin. By diagnosing common skin issues, she’ll be able to advise you on what products you should be using for your skin type. You may not know you have dehydrated or rosacea-prone skin, or that products you are currently using are causing irritation, but regular visits to the salon will guarantee you’ll understand what’s happening with your skin and that you’re using the right products for it. And, considering your skin is constantly changing, it’s important to get regular updates, consider it skin therapy or counselling for your skin.
Professional strength exfoliation
It’s impossible to avoid environmental free-radical damage. We’re bombarded daily with unavoidable toxins, UV rays and dirt that cause our skin to look ruddy and congested. Professional strength exfoliation like microdermabrasion, ultrasonic treatments or acid peels effectively remove dead skin cells and promote healthy cell turnover when used regularly. Over time, professional exfoliating methods can also help to diminish acne and other facial scarring.
Leave it to a professional
Aestheticians are trained to look for and deal with complex skin issues that you shouldn’t try to tackle yourself. For instance, milia are a common skin issue that, if approached incorrectly, can result in scarring. Tiny white bumps, often found around the eyes, are a build up of keratin and can be difficult to remove at home. Your well-trained aesthetician will be able to safely pierce and extract it without damaging the skin. Recurring skin concerns such as these can be kept under control with regular facials.
High tech treatments
Many facials provide high tech treatments that can only be performed in spa. For instance, Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion treatment system allows you to treat lines and wrinkles, dull dehydrated skin as well as an amazing breakthrough treatment for acne scarring and sun damaged skin.
Ultrasonic Facial uses millions of tiny vibrations to penetrate deep into the skin to tone facial muscles, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and encourage stimulation of blood cells under the skin which helps remove toxins. It also encourages the skin to heal faster. Galvanic Facials massage deep into the skin to unclog pores and remove impurities leaving the skin feeling refreshed. Also, the galvanic ions help even basic products seep deeper into the skin and work more effectively. For best results, you can combine the two in one facial, a variety or masks or ampoules can be added to either of these facials for more effective results and a more luxurious feel.
Life is busy, hectic even. Most of us don’t take nearly enough time out for ourselves, to do something that will alleviate stress and help us regain balance. Spending an hour in a peaceful, relaxing environment can help restore balance to your mind, as well as your skin.
We’re getting older each and every day and because we only have one face, we really need to take care of it. By getting regular facials, we promote cell turnover, boost collagen production and maintain healthy skin balance–all of which are great anti-ageing remedies.