As we get ready to head inside by the fire during these wet and cold months, it is important not to leave our skincare routines on the doorstep. Tis' the season where those dry and irritating skin conditions may make an appearance, or sensitivity and redness is at an all time high. As with all good things, healthy skin requires quality care and commitment, especially this time of year. Find out what you can do to achieve optimal skin this season without needing to battle your way through the elements.
The first factor you can easily control when it comes to maintaining healthy skin this season is: hydration. I know you’ve heard this plenty of times already, but drinking enough water daily is so important. Our skin is the last organ to receive what we ingest, therefore our skin cells need proper nourishment in order to function. TIP: Do you have fine lines or crépey skin under your eyes? This could be a sign that you are H20 deficient. Try drinking some coconut water or a collagen drink to boost up your daily intake.
While we are on the topic of nourishing from the inside-out, it might be time to consider supplementing the skin (and the body) with an omega-3 supplement. This is one of my favourite products to suggest because its chalk-full of amazing benefits for pretty much any skin concern- acne, aging, sensitive/rosacea, even eczema and psoriasis. The key here is to choose quality over quantity. More specifically, the higher the EPA/DHA content of the omegas, the better. My go-to is Bend Skincare Anti-Aging Formula, because it seriously helps to improve skin hydration, elasticity and skin roughness, while providing antioxidant support. Check!
Exfoliation. Now, you may think think I’m going to tell you to scrub your face off on a regular basis, but the truth is: I am very conservative when it comes to this step. One of the biggest things that stuck with me in my Corneotherapy training is that ‘dead skin cells are not dead until they hit the floor’. Preserving our skin barrier is such an integral part of skin health that too much exfoliation (or the wrong type) can damage our skin long term by removing ‘live’ skin cells in need of nourishment. That being said, exfoliating can still be very beneficial. Although I offer more advanced exfoliation in some of my more corrective facials, enzymes are something I use every single session- they digest dead skin cells without acting abrasive. The fun part? You can use these enzymes at home too. Wear them like a mask once or twice a week, and you’ll be glowing in no time.
Lastly, it is worthwhile to take a good look at your serum/moisturizer selection. Have you used moisturizers and felt it made your skin worse? Or perhaps you have a heavy cream that you layer on but it still isn’t doing anything for you? Does your skin feel tight, itchy, or inflamed in the morning or after the shower? Without going into too much detail, the chances are likely that you have either dry OR dehydrated skin. Don’t be fooled- there is a huge difference between the two! A few easy tweaks in your skincare routine could make a huge difference overall if you seek out the proper advice from your skin therapist.