How to Look After your skin as the seasons change

Do you need a revamp to your skin care routine to get you through autumn & winter?

As we get ready to switch our central heating back on and with a combination of freezing wind and low-humidity levels you are likely to experience dryness and flakiness. The cold weather is tough on your skin and the drier the air, the more moisture it sucks out of your skin. If you are suffering with dry tight skin and notice a winter rash or eczema it’s time to revamp your skin care routine. It is essential for this reason to maintain good hydration levels, both on the inside and outside of your body. Your current daily routine which should include a cleanser, exfoliator, moisturiser and SPF cream may not be suffice throughout the autumn & winter. To get the most out of your skin and keep it hydrated introducing serums into your daily routine can not only protect but also add valuable hydration to your skin. If you are suffering with dry, tight irritated skin ensure your serums contain some of these key ingredients:

Sodium Hyaluronate a form of hyaluronic acid, hydrates by drawing water into the outer layers from deep within the skin.

Aloe which contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals to help sooth and calm irritation caused by the cold weather.

Vitamin B5 acts as a humectant to lock in moisture and hydrate.

Gluconolactone which works to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and help with hydration.

Sea Whip has an active ingredient called gorgonian extract which has a powerful anti-irritant and soothing properties.

Growth factors help boost elastin and collagen production and provide protection against free radical damage.

Retinol A to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, strengthen skin and increase cell turnover.

Remember to maintain good internal hydration by drinking a minimum of 2 1/2 litres of water daily and continue to wear your SPF throughout the winter months.

If you are interested in hearing more about what you can do to improve your skin care routine come and join us for a free consultation.

Rosacea

What are the symptoms of Rosacea?

The first signs of Rosacea may be redness or flushing that comes and goes and typically affects the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Other symptoms can also be a burning or stinging sensation, permanent redness, spots in the form of papules/pustules and small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible. Although not life threatening, the symptoms of rosacea can leave people to feel depressed and anxious with low self esteem. Severe Rosacea can result in the thickening of facial skin, especially around the nose. This tends to affect males much more than females.

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact cause of Rosacea is unknown, but there are a lot of factors that can trigger or worsen the symptoms, including:
Hot food or drinks
Caffeine, spicy foods and dairy products
Extreme heat
Vigorous exercise
Stress & Anxiety

What Can I Do To Help My Rosacea?

Build up a list of things that trigger an outbreak and avoid them if possible
Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen
Avoid excessive heat
Protect your face from wind and cold in the winter by using a scarf
Reduce stress levels by eating a healthy well balanced diet, drink plenty of water, sleep well and low intensity excercise such as yoga

What clinical help is available?

Go to your doctor for advice. Sometimes anti-biotics can be prescribed for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Topical medications applied to the skin can greatly reduce the symptoms, but do not buy over the counter products as these may aggravate the symptoms. Speak to your skin care specialist for advice.