Plummeting temperatures and whipping winds are here for much of the country, and no matter where you live, cooler and drier winter air can really wreak havoc on your skin. When humidity is lower and indoor heat is on full blast, your skin gets stripped of the moisture it needs, causing dryness and dullness. All these factors can exacerbate the visible signs of aging, from loss of elasticity to lines and wrinkles. Check out these tips for a healthy glow:
Find a glow serum
Sometimes a moisturiser is just not enough. When your complexion is dulling, adding a lightweight serum with vitamin C to your routine can give skin the boost it needs to rebuild glow and instantly look more luminous.
RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Daily Serum is a new option that helps with radiance and firmness, with the bonus benefit of reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Hydrate from within
It’s not just about products you put on your skin. Dewy skin starts from within – after all, your skin contains 64% water. Drinking plenty of water helps minimise dry skin that becomes more noticeable when it gets cold outside. As a rule of thumb, you should drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. To make your fluid intake more enjoyable, try adding sliced fruit to your iced water, or having a mug of hot tea when you’re feeling chilled.
Cleanse, don’t strip
After a cold or long day, you might be tempted to hop into a long, hot shower. It’ll warm you up, but it won’t do your skin any favours. Hot water breaks down barriers in your skin and takes away moisture, say dermatalogists. Aim to get in and out of the shower as fast as you can, using lukewarm water. Skip the soap or try a gentle cleanser. As soon as you’re done, pat dry and apply a moisturising cream immediately
Moisturise and protect
Moisturising your skin starts with finding the right product. Swap your summer formula for a thicker, more hydrating consistency. There’s no need to spend money on several expensive products. Look for an all-in-one formula with ingredients like hyaluronic acid to draw water into the skin, and glycerin or dimethicone to help retain moisture and protect it from the elements.
In between all that moisturising, gentle exfoliation is also crucial to getting your glow. Buff away flaky dead skin cells so new ones have a chance to shine. Chemical exfoliators with alpha hydroxy acids also help improve the effectiveness of your moisturiser. When those dead skin cells aren’t in the way, your skin will absorb and retain more moisture.
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