Change of temperature can play havoc with our skin. Keep your skin hydrated whilst avoiding breakouts this winter with these 5 tips!
# 1 – Opt for a product that contains Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that has an unmatched ability to hold on to moisture. In fact, it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water!
Incorporating a product with HA should be your first step to maintaining healthy, hydrated skin all year round.
LRP essential: Redermic C10 contains hyaluronic acid to instantly smooth and soften the skin, as well as a high concentration of Vitamin C to brighten the complexion and provide antioxidant protection.
# 2 – Add Niacinamide into your regime
Aggravated, acneic skins need soothing, and Niacinamide is a wonderful active ingredient that reduces inflammation and redness.
Niacinamide, or Vitamin B3, simultaneously improves the skin’s barrier function, meaning it is more able to shield itself from environmental irritants, and improves overall tone and texture.
LRP essential: Effaclar Duo(+) fights blemishes on several fronts, and contains anti-redness Niacinamide to soothe acneic skin.
# 3 – Continue to use products for your skin type
The beauty pages of your favourite magazine might advocate changing to a heavier moisturiser during winter, but do so at your peril if you have oily, spot-prone skin.
Your skin might be feeling dry and crepey in places, but it is likely dehydrated, rather than lipid dry (which is the ‘dry’ skincare companies refer to on their packaging).
Stick to a moisturiser formulated for an oily or combination skin and look for products that are either oil-free, or with a low concentration of oil.
# 4 – Go easy on the exfoliation
You’ve probably also read that cellular turnover slows during winter, which can lead to a dull, clogged complexion. The prevailing advice may be to exfoliate more regularly, but vigorous manual exfoliation is a no-no for those with acne as it will aggravate the skin.
A chemical exfoliant, on the other hand, essentially dissolves the ‘glue’ that binds dead skin cells to the dermis and is suitable for all skin types, including acne sufferers.
Common types include Retinoids, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) such as glycolic or lactic acid, and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid.
LRP essential: Effaclar Duo(+) contains a new generation Beta Hydroxy Acid called lipo-hydroxy-acid (as well as a little salicylic acid), which is delivered in a low but targeted concentration to unclog pores without causing irritation.
# 5 – Don’t forget the sunscreen!
It’s a common misconception that a ‘healthy’ dose of UV rays will help heal or ‘dry out’ acne. While excessive sun exposure will indeed strip the skin of moisture, it will then trigger the production of oil to counteract this. Not the desired outcome at all!
Protect your skin from ageing and damaging UVA and UVB rays every single day with a broad spectrum, SPF50+ sunscreen that is lightweight, non-comedogenic and formulated with oily skins in mind.
LRP essential: Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light is fragrance-free and dermatologist tested, making it a great option for all skin types.
Author: Pip Jarvis