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Winter is skin ‘reboot’ season 

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While we’re switching our cozzies for beanies now there’s a winter chill in the air, Highfields’ The Beauty Kiosk founder Robyn Forgacs advises it’s important to be mindful of changes in our skin this time of year too.  

“With winter lacking humidity and generally being a drier time of year, this is when she warns we’ll find ourselves also popping the heater on, standing in front of the fire and enjoying hot showers – all of which dehydrates our skin,” she warns.  

“Dehydrated skin lends itself to increased inflammation, over compensated oil production and an upset micro biome.

“In saying that, winter is a great time to ‘reboot’ your skin with treatment programs, like peels to combat your skin concerns, and taking advantage of the reduction in UV rays over the winter months.” 

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Our skin is our largest organ and therefore worth the extra attention – Robyn Forgacs, The Beauty Kiosk

 
HYDRATION 

If you do find that your skin is a little lack-lustre and needs extra hydration, it may be time to reassess your skincare wardrobe and switch out some of your products with others that offer additional moisturising factors.

For starters try a hydrating creme cleanser as opposed to a foaming cleanser. Creme cleansers have the ability to gently cleanse and remove the day’s makeup, debris and pollutants whilst locking in moisture.

Apply serums that have ingredients to encourage water retention and opt for a heavier moisturiser to prevent trans epidermal water loss. 

 
HERO INGREDIENTS 

When shopping for skincare products this season look for hero ingredients like; 

  • Glycerin/glycerol – humectant – retains moisture 
  • Hyaluronic acid – humectant – retains moisture/super hydrator 
  • Niacinamide (Vit B3) – Humectant and maintains barrier function
  • Vitamin C – Antioxidant – offers cellular support, fights free radicals, brightens 
  • AHA – increases cellular turnover, antioxidant 
  • Shea butter – great occlusive dressing to prevent moisture loss 
  • SPF – UV protection – still an integral part of any skin care regime 

 
EXFOLIATE 

I would certainly encourage using an exfoliant every 3-4 nights to slough off dry and dreary skin cells (body included) to make way for better ingredient penetration and moisturisers, coupled with a hydrating mask to maximise moisture absorption. You can also opt for a facial oil as opposed to a night creme – or even layer both for additional nourishment.  

BE KIND 

Most importantly…be kind to yourself!! Our skin is the largest organ of our body, so a lot of surface area, and is amazing at healing itself. Be patient and allow your body to do its thing.   

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