Winter is coming...

I mean it's totally not I just like to pretend I'm Sean Bean, however the season is changing and the colder months are approaching. The annual bout of exceptionally dry skin issues have already started. Just yesterday I had two people ask me for advice on random dry patches that have come out of nowhere.

Unfortunately guys Mother Nature can be a cruel mistress and as Autumn approaches she likes to give the gift of a moisture deprived complexion. Dry skin is especially common in the cooler months. When the air outside is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly; this makes your skin feel dry and tight, and makes it look flaky. In fact, your skin loses more than 25 percent of its ability to hold moisture in the winter. Team that with whacking the heating on indoors and some hot baths and showers and bingo!

Fear not! A few simple changes can stop dry skin in it's tracks and dewy skin will privail!

Just because the sun doesn't feel as hot doesn't mean you don't need to protect your skin. Applying an SPF everyday is one thing but there are other environmental aggressors that can affect your skin. Wind burn, drastic changes in temperature and indoor heating can all attribute to loss of moisture. Try Elemis Daily Defence or S.O.S Emergency Cream layered over your moisturiser for extra protection.

A long hot bath or shower may sound great after being out in the cold, but the combination of hot water and soaking can strip your skin of its protective oils and leave you looking like an alligator.

The solution: Try to shower or bathe in warm, not hot water, and limit showers and baths to 10 minutes, just enough to clean the dirty bits!

You might not be as thirsty in the winter as you are in the summer months when you’re hot and sweaty. However, you lose water through your skin every day, in any season — even when it’s cold and even if you don’t feel like you’re sweating. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time in dry indoor heat. Our bodies are made of 70 percent water, which keeps our cells plump and healthy. If you’re not drinking enough, your body (and your skin) gets dehydrated, which can make you look and feel shrivelled. So swap the wine and the cuppa for some skin quenching H2O!

Adapting your skincare. You may need a richer moisturiser in winter than you do in summer. The skin is battling with more water loss and therefore needs a little extra help! Try Elemis Plumping Pillow Facial. A stunning unique sleep mask designed to sit on top of your nightcream and locking in every bit of moisture. Hydrating the skin at the lowest levels for a plump, dewy glow, even through winter.

You can purchase products on our webshop or simply ask us to pop something aside for your next visit!

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