The best part of January? The dry, itchy, winter skin. I’m kidding, of course. But if, like me, your skin suffers in the extremes of the colder months, help is at hand. I’ve asked the experts to share some of their winter skincare tips – you’re welcome!
Nourish from the inside
Maintaining a balanced diet is essential for boosting the appearance of your skin. Taking an omega 3 fatty acid supplement can be really helpful in improving winter skin.
Top nutritionist Shona Wilkinson from SuperfoodUK.com explains: “Our skin needs fat. It’s an essential element in retaining both the moisture and barrier function of the skin. Certain fats such as omega 3, 6 and 9 are of particular importance. Omega 6 (linoleic acid) fats are readily available in most nuts and seeds such as flax, hemp and evening primrose, while omega 9 (oleic acid) is best found in olive oil, avocados and almonds. Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid) can be found in oily fish, flaxseed, chia and avocado.”
Avoid excess sugar and salt
Shona advises avoiding junk food as much as possible. Not only is it bad for your general health, it can affect your skin.
Shona explains: “Junk foods very often come with ingredients that may aggravate skin problems and worsen inflammation – including additives, sugar and excess salt. They are also usually high in quickly digested and absorbed carbohydrates (think white bread, pastries and crisps), which can upset the balance of natural flora in our gut as well as blood sugar and hormone balance, all of which can tie in with skin problems.”
Choose winter skin products
The right skincare regime can go a long way to calming dry, irritated skin. Facial oils are my hero hydrating products during the harsh extremes of January. I love this Elemis Superfood Facial Oil (€52), a blend of anti-oxidant and omega-rich broccoli, flax seed and daikon radish for a healthy, radiant glow. I think this one came as part of a Christmas set but it hasn’t left my bedside locker since. Love!
Meanwhile, the boffins at Clarins have discovered our skin suffers up to 17 thermal shocks a day during the winter months. With this in mind, Clarins has reformulated its bestselling Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cream (€45). This super-quenching daily moisturiser boasts an anti-pollution complex which protects skin from the harmful effects of indoor and outdoor pollution. My skin is drinking this up at the moment. The new and improved Hydra-Essentiel is available on counter from January 23.
Long-time readers of the blog will know I adore the Yon-Ka Nutri Defense Daily Moisturiser (€52) – it’s the stuff of dreams for dry winter skin. Rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9), this super hydrating cream brings immediate and long-lasting comfort.
Finally, I adore the Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask (€32). I’ve previously waxed lyrical about its awesomeness here but to recap: it’s awesome. Seriously though, if your skin is on the dry, sensitive side you’ll love this non-scented, gentle balm. My skin literally drinks it up in winter.
So ladies, have you any winter skin advice?
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