Dry, dehydrated, tight or dull skin is something many of us experience this time of the year.

Why? As winter approaches, we are exposed to cooler temperatures, harsh winds and dry humid air indoors.

I always recommend changing around your daily products as the seasons change. The products you use in summer months are not necessarily the best products for your skin throughout winter.

So, what changes should we make to our skin routine in winter?

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1. Exfoliate
Exfoliate two to four times a week to remove all your dead skin cells.
A lack of exfoliation causes dead skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin. Then, when we go to apply active serums or moisturizers they cannot penetrate. So, exfoliation is an important part of every skin routine.
If you are experiencing dull skin throughout winter – exfoliating can be a great way to create fresh skin cells and brighten the skin.

What kind of exfoliant should you use? There are many different types of exfoliators to choose from. I recommend different ones based on skin type and skin goals.
You have physical exfoliants ie ‘scrubs’ and chemical exfoliants such as glycolic or lactic acid based solutions. One I love at the moment is Bright & Clear Solution from AlumierMD. This is lactic acid based and applied like a toner.

2. Bump up your moisturizer
Nourishing and hydrating products are essential in winter to restore the skin and prevent dehydration.
To boost skin hydration, one simple change is to swap our regular night moisturizer for a richer one.

3. Layer Up
I like to use a hydration serum twice a day in winter. Hyaluronic acid serums are perfect for both hydrating and plumping up the skin.
If you feel tight or dehydrated then apply your hydration serum at night to a damp skin, then apply your moisturizer over it to lock in moisture!

4. Limit your hot baths/showers
This time of the year we have lots of cold frosty mornings. Our first thought is often to jump into a nice hot shower before heading to work. However, hot water dries out the natural oils in the skin.
Try to stay away from too many long hot showers or baths. Instead, swap for a quick lukewarm shower. Afterwards, pat your skin dry and apply a body moisturizer while still damp.

5. Facial Treatments
Schedule a few regular facials throughout winter. Facials are a great way to repair, nourish and brighten the skin.

In winter, we arn’t exposed to too much sun. This is the perfect time to use some chemical exfoliants in your routine or to begin a course of skin peels.

I hope these winter skin tips were helpful. Feel free to get in contact if you have any questions.

Maria

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