As the temperatures drop in Perth, we look at the environmental elements that will impact your skin and ways to treat them. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and to keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips:
Schedule Your Treatments Around Hibernation
Those ‘in-the-know’ take the cooler weather as an opportunity to transform themselves before summer. It’s the time of year where you get to cover up, retreat indoors and explore new beauty treatments. For example, you should not have tanned skin or have been exposed to the sun when having Laser Hair Removal because this can cause pigmentation. Or if you would like to have lip fillers, Winter is the perfect time to wind down your social calendar and hibernate until the swelling subsides.
Reassess Your Skin Care Products
Doing a stock take of your skin care products for winter is necessary because the elements will change i.e we tend to huddle around artificial heat. Dry air radiating from central heating systems and car heaters can strip the skin of moisture during the day, and forces the water in your skin to evaporate at night. Dr. Dennis recommends drinking at least 2 litres of water a day, a good daily moisturiser with SPF be applied morning and afternoon, plus a night serum before bed. Hydration combats skin issues such as dryness, acne, puffiness and discolouration and we are able to recommend a range of O Cosmedics skin care products from our Peppermint Grove clinic. Dr. Dennis also suggests an air humidifier to infuse the air with moisture in an attempt to counteract indoor heaters.
Test Your Skin Alkaline
The term pH, or “power of hydrogen”, refers to the concentration of hydrogen in water. Why should we care? Because our skin is made up of mostly water and it gets knocked either north or south on the pH scale depending on what you put on it. As it turns out, we want our skin to hover in a mildly acidic state – a pH level of four to six is optimum – to ensure the skin’s barrier function is working like a coat of armour between you and outside aggressors like pollution and bacteria. This becomes more and more difficult as we get older. “Each decade of life our skin becomes more alkaline, resulting in a variety of undesirable changes and skin disorders ranging from wrinkles to pigmentation and even acne,” says Richard Parker, founder and director of research and development at skincare leader Rationale. Continue reading the article on Skin Alkalinity from Vogue Magazine here.
Remember, There Are Still UV Rays In Winter
Everyone knows that the sun can cause premature ageing and even worse, skin cancer. A minimum of SPF30+ on your face and body is still a must in winter. Even though it feels like the sun isn’t shining, the UV rays certainly are! Dr. Millard says it is common for patients to present more signs of ageing on the right hand side of their face. “People forget that the sun is still causing damage through the car window whilst they are driving. Keep a sunscreen in your car, and apply to your face before your next journey”. Dr. Dennis also advises to opt for fake tan in winter if you can’t let go of that sun kissed look (DO NOT even mention the word solarium around him).
So what positive changes are you going to make this winter?