How you cared for your skin last lockdown may be different to how you need to treat it now. Last time it was summer so your house was better ventilated and the heating was on less.
Now it's a lot colder, your windows are hardly open and you may be sat in front of the fireplace more often.
All skin can be sensitive to heat in one way or another. You could get oilier if you have oily skin, the skin could be become dehydrated and heat can even cause inflammation.
This time around it's about keeping the skin as hydrated as possible and protecting the skins natural barrier.
Hyaluronic Acid is a key element in maintaining the skins moisture as it has the ability to retain a unique capacity of water. It draws moisture from the deep layers of your skin and the air to the surface of the skin. This hydration boosts protection of the skin cells so they continue to function properly.
For those who prefer to not use synthetic ingredients Vitamin E should be a go to for keeping skin hydrated. It prevents Transepidermal Water Loss by protecting the cells membrane which act as barriers around skin cells. It also acts as an antioxidant, which prevents oxidative stress on cells.
Lactic Acid is not only a chemical exfoliant that exfoliates dead skin, but is also a humectant that pulls moisture to the outermost layer of the skin for added hydration. This would be a top choice to use to exfoliate the skin during these times!
Ceramides sit in between your skin cells which help to keep the skins natural barrier sealed. This prevents water from escaping the skin and keeps potential irritants from getting into the skin. This is an important ingredient to have to ensure your skin is protected.
As the heat increases, humidity tends to decrease so it may be worth looking at a humidifier. This will add the missing humidity from the air which will be absorbed by the skin, boosting the needed hydration.
Avoid prolonged direct heat. I love hot showers so this is actually a tip directed at myself :( I also love to sit in front of the fireplace but none of this is benefiting my skin, it will actually cause dehydration. Instead of sitting in front of the fire, I'll wear a jumper and get the blanket out if I'm feeling chilly.
It's fine to re-apply moisturiser throughout the day as this will keep hydration levels where they need to be and keep the skin nourished.
The main aim of your skincare right now should be to keep your skin hydrated. There may be an increase of heat in your home and a lack of humidity which will definitely have an impact on your skin.
If you would like a tailored skincare routine then book a Cyber Skin Consultation with us so we can help!
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