Looking after your skin is always important. Feeling confident in your skin is more than just how you look, the way your skin feels plays a huge part. Winter always poses its own challenges when it comes to skincare, and to help get through it you can make changes to your skincare routine, in the same way as you do during the summer months. When you add into the mix the fact that so many of us are working from home this year this brings further challenges to already challenging months. Read on to find out about the importance of skincare when working from home in winter.
With this in mind, we wanted to get some expert advice to hopefully help you know The importance of skincare when working from home this winter, and setting you up for a great year in 2021. We spoke with Tania Zahoor Rashid, one of the founders and directors at Aesthetics Lab in London. Aesthetics Lab is an award-winning cosmetic clinic, and they offer treatments and advice on a variety of skin and body concerns. What follows are three key points to remember when thinking about your skincare this winter.
Winter poses its own challenges to skincare
The winter months bring a variety of challenges to our mental and physical health, but it’s important not to forget your skin when planning how to look after yourself this winter. “In winter skin tends to become dryer with the artificial heating at home and crisp cold outdoors” Tania pointed out. Her advice to help with this is to “perhaps change your cleanser to a hydrating one, a creamy one instead of a gel one to keep moisture in”, furthermore “it is a good time to invest in rich moisturisers, use hydrating serums and masks. Give your skin plenty of vitamins to keep it glowing – vitamin B5 and C and E are great to moisturise, protect and stimulate hyaluronic acid production.” Think about whether a skin care supplement is right for you, such as Life Botanics hyaluronic acid and skin hydration capsules. Providing essential nutrients in a diet lacking these vitamins can improve skin elasticity, skin firmness, and collagen formation.
It is also important not to forget about protection from the sun. Tania explained that you “skin still needs to be protected from the UV rays, even though the days may be shorter and the weather cloudy. So carry on using your SPF. It will also protect you from the harmful and ageing light that all our devices emit – laptops, phones etc.”
Fresh air and exercise are crucial to maintaining a healthy body, and this includes your skin. While the current situation with COVID-19 means you need to be careful and follow the rules when it comes to how much time you spend outside, the benefits are clear. “Outdoors, oxygen, and vitamin D are all important factors when it comes to your skin and skincare. Daily walks and outdoor exercise will not only make you happy but also keep your skin happy – the happy hormone that we release during exercise is as good for skin as it is for us and our mental health” Tania told us.
This is also important to remember when it comes to working from home. Many of us can find ourselves unknowingly spending the whole day inside. Particularly if you’re having a difficult day at work, then just getting outside can help your mental, physical and skin health. Tania pointed out that “skin, being the largest organ does get affected by how we feel, for example when we are stressed, the stress hormone stimulates excessive oil production which may lead to breakouts.” By going outside and stepping away from work for a break, this can reduce stress and improve the condition of your skin.
Specific ingredients which can help your skin
As mentioned above, there are several important tips regarding products which can help your skin during winter months. However, with the number of products available to everyone today, it can be confusing to know which ones to choose. Tania helpfully highlighted some specific ingredients you should be looking out for in your skincare products this winter. “Look out for hyaluronic acid, vitamins B5, C and E. Another common ingredient that you would see on moisturising skincare is glycerine – it attracts and retains water and moisture so is a good ingredient to look out for during winter months.”
Hopefully, with the points that Tania raised you can help look after your skin this winter and by remembering these points for next year start developing a skincare routine which keeps your skin looking great all year round. This winter will definitely be difficult with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, but if we all take little steps to keep ourselves looking and feeling good, we can stay positive and get through it. Thanks to Tania for her advice and if you are interested in the treatments that Aesthetics Lab offer you can find out more at their website - https://www.aestheticslab.co.uk/
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