10 tips for Great Skin ALL Winter
The important thing about creating and maintaining great skin is to use the best anti ageing skin care products possible, and this doesn’t mean the most expensive. Use the best anti aging skin care creams and include great treatments such as Bee Venom Masks and Bee venom.
Great skin is also about focusing on the basics and being sensible; looking after your body will also result in you having fabulous looking skin, from your 20s, 30s, 40s, right up to your 70s. There is no reason why you need to look older than you are, and lots of ways you can look younger than you are.
1. Drink water …
Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water. Carry a bottle with you when you go outside. Herbal tea is also great when it’s really cold. Your skin will soon have a healthy glow. So drink up and don’t let your skin go thirsty. We are sure you have heard the saying that if you feel thirsty, then it is too late, you are already too dehydrated… forget this, drink whenever you feel thirsty and remember that it doesn’t just have to be water, although water is best, any liquid will have water in it and so therefore assist with ensuring you are keeping hydrated.
2. Exfoliate …
Dry skin always looks dull and lifeless. The dead surface skin cells don’t reflect light which is why they tend to look flat and lifeless. By exfoliating them off the skin surface immediately looks brighter. As well, there is another reason why exfoliation is so important; it’s been scientifically proven that you reduce the chances of getting skin cancer if you regularly exfoliate. Once or twice a week depending on your skin type is enough; if you exfoliate too often it can dry out your skin. If you do feel your skin getting dry then just exfoliate once a week. As well as leaving your skin looking all bright and dewy by exfoliating the dead skin cells away, exfoliating also assists in the penetration of good skin care into the layers where it will have the most benefit. If you haven’t tried Ultraceuticals Exfoliating Gel for your face then you are really missing out on a great product.
3. Sun block, YES even in winter…
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Even in winter you still need to protect your skin from UV damage. Even on overcast days the UVA light is capable of causing damage to your skin so keep the sun block on during day light hours, but don’t forget to wash it off well at night as your broad spectrum sun block has some very nasty chemicals that it is better to cleanse off the skin when you don’t need them.
4. Omega Rich diet
Seriously, Omegas are a gift from the Gods. They improve your skin, your hair, your nails and your brain. As well as taking supplements you can get your daily Omegas from your food. So you need to incorporate fish and nuts into your diet. Omegas can help relieve the symptoms of over 70 health conditions. Studies show that women who exercise and take fish oil have less risk of bone density loss and general inflammation. Bottom line is Omegas are important to your overall health, so eat your nuts and take your Omega capsules every day and reap the benefits.
5. Oil for moisture …
Nature provides us with a bounty of beautiful oils that work not just on our body but also on our souls. Jojoba oil in particular will help your skin stay moisturised in winter, plus you will feel like you are spoiling yourself (as you should) with this luxurious product. Jojoba oil is actually a wax not oil and it is very easily absorbed by the skin. By adding essential oils to your base oil you can benefit from a wonderful anti-aging regime as well as leaving yourself feeling calm and relaxed. If you are not up for mixing your own face and body oils then go onto our website www.inbody.co.nz as we have some that will leave both body and soul feeling soft and silky smooth. Stay away from BIO oil & Baby oil as these both have mineral oils in them yuck!
6. Keep those lips kissable all winter
Winter is always a challenging time for your lips. You may find that they dry out more in winter due to the cold and the drying effects of heaters. You need to be regularly applying a good quality lip balm to your lips so that they stay moisturised. Try not to let your lips get too dry otherwise they could start cracking and it will take a while to heal them. It’s important that you are vigilant in this area as you never know when you are going to get your next kiss.
7. Vitamin C
There are not too many people that would dispute that Vitamin C assists you in dogging colds and sniffles in winter, but few know that it can also aid in stimulating collagen and elastin when applied topically to your skin. We highly recommend that everyone puts Vitamin C and E onto their face daily because they protect against UV induced cell damage. It is this sun damage that not only causes premature aging but also skin cancers. However, there is even more good news when it comes to Vitamin C, one of its properties is that it includes one of the few ingredients that has a science base to show that it reverses signs of aging to the skin.
8. Change your Moisturizer
In summer we tend to go for light moisturizers as we don’t want oily products on our skin. In winter you may find that you may need to change your daily moisturiser to one that is richer. With the use of heaters and the cold air outside you will find that your skin definitely dries out more so by adding a richer moisturising cream you will avoid dry, lifeless looking skin. Oils are also a wonderful way to keep moisture in your skin.Remember it is easier to keep your skin moisturized rather than having to re-hydrate it if it gets too dry.
9. Masks for Moisture
Make sure you regularly use a great anti aging skin care mask at least twice a week during the winter months. Masks tend to be heavier and have more active ingredients in them. Some masks can actually be left on the skin overnight to provide even more intense hydration, it also seems like a waste to wash off all that goodness before it has had a chance to be totally absorbed by the skin. Winter is also a good time to regularly apply masks to your feet and hands. The one that we use in our salon and I use personally is the Ultraceuticals Hydration Booster.
10. Supper Hot? Infrared saunas not baths
We know that when you are cold to the bone you are tempted to run yourself a really hot bath and lie around for a while warming yourself to the bone, but believe it or not the intense heat of a super hot bath breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin which reduces the ability of the body to retain moisture. You are better off to have a warm bath or if you really want to warm yourself up and burn calories and detox your body all at the same time then have an infrared sauna. The health benefits are amazing and you will feel warm for hours after.
11. RED Light Treatments
Light doesn’t just allow you to see, it is also very healing depending on the light spectrum you are using. RED light is very anti-aging it works like photosynthesis in plants, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. What is not widely known is that it also makes you feel good. There are numerous ways you can get RED light treatments. Most salons now days have RED light LED machines, also red light collagen beds are coming down in price so are more common but you can also purchase hand held LED red light devices fairly cheaply. You need to be using red light two or three times a week and depending on the quality of the light you can expect approximately 20-25% improvement of fine lines over a period of about 8 weeks continual use… and don’t forget, you will also feel great after your treatment.
And finally all of the above treatments and suggestions are all about one thing… anti ageing and the best possible anti aging skin care creams and serums.
Article written by Helena Carter. Helena has over 10 years in the beauty industry as both a spa owner and a manufacturer of cosmetics. You can check out more information about the various products mentioned by going to her websites. www.beevenomsmoothingmask.com www.afterhairbalm.com www.keratinnaturalhair.com