The cold weather will soon arrive and it has certainly been a bit nippier lately. Leaving skin feeling parched, sore and in desperate need of some indulgence, this time of year calls for a little extra beauty care.
Dr Murad, board certified dermatologist and founder of Murad skincare, is on hand with his winter skincare tips and top Murad product recommendations too.
Dr Murad explains; “When we encounter cold weather, our bodies react by sending extra blood to warm the skin’s surface and protect it from damage and ultimately, frost-bite. This visible surge of blood is one of the reasons that cold weather is an especially challenging time for skin that is prone to redness and inflammation. The colder season brings with it skin-drying winds, free-radical damage and other conditions which can be harmful and irritating to your skin. The dry air can rob skin of moisture and trigger a cycle of sensitivity and irritation.”
So without further ado, read on to find out how you can look after your skin this winter…
Hydrate! Keep your skin well hydrated by using a richer moisturiser which contains super-hydrating and anti-inflammatory agents. Look for ingredients such as avocado, sunflower and olive fruit oils for optimal hydration and liquorice extract to reduce redness and skin irritation. In the winter, the air is dryer and your skin produces less oil, so you need to give it a bit of extra TLC. I also advise my patients to ‘eat their water!’- by replacing a glass of water a day with a piece of fruit or a vegetable, you get the benefits of structured water to keep skin healthy and hydrated for longer.
Murad favourite: Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture (£55)
Exfoliate! Continuously moving from the warmth of central heating to the chilly outdoors can cause havoc for skin. Exfoliate your skin at least once a week to increase cell renewal and remove dead skin cells, leaving your complexion looking radiant and smooth.
Murad favourite: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (£34)
Switch up your cleanser! During the warmer months you may have used a stronger cleanser to deal with excess oil and impurities. However, as it gets colder it’s important to switch to a gentle formula to effectively cleanse without drying out the skin.
Wear sunscreen! The most important piece of advice I could give to anyone is to wear sunscreen every day, even in winter. The most damaging rays from the sun are in fact in the UVA spectrum so it’s important to look for products with broad spectrum protection which provide protection against both the ageing UVA rays and the burning UVB rays. UVA rays are actually the same strength all year round and can even penetrate through clouds and through windows. Plus, they can contribute to premature ageing, collagen degradation and even skin cancer.
Give your lips a bit of extra TLC. Lips don’t have sweat glands so the skin can dry out much more easily. Use a lip protector which will exfoliate away dead skin cells while locking in optimal moisture, keeping your lips soft and kissable.
An advocate for reducing cultural stress also, Dr Murad backs up all of the above by saying; “It’s critical to take an Inclusive Health approach to skincare. By optimising your internal, external and emotional environments, your skin, body and spirit will have the best opportunity to thrive. Focus on internal care with nutrition and proper diet; topical care using appropriate skincare products; and emotional self-care by exercising, reducing stress, building connections with the community and focusing on things you like to do.”
Seeing our skin health as a holistic picture, I’m with Dr Murad on taking self-care steps. It’s all about recognising the importance of completely looking after ourselves, alongside a good beauty and wellbeing routine. Now, who’s for a calming bubble bath, cosy read and total switch off tonight?