It’s tempting to think that we can forget about skin protection in the winter, as the sun’s rays are less obviously damaging. In fact, the colder months are the most important time to protect your skin from the elements, as not only can the sun still harm you through the clouds, but there’s also the wind and cold to contend with, which can play havoc with your complexion.
The team here at our Mayfair aesthetic clinic has come up with a list of the worst things winter can do to your skin, together with ways to protect against them, or to reverse some of the damage that has already been done.
The cold and wind can do some really nasty things to your skin, and in worst case scenario can cause red, chapped areas, usually on the more prominent parts of your face, like the nose, cheeks and chin.
If this is something you suffer from, the best way to prevent it is to shelter the affected areas from the elements as much as possible – if your chin suffers, then wear a scarf wrapped right up around the bottom of your face. Otherwise, use a good barrier cream that has been clinically proven to block your skin from external damage.
If the damage has been done and you have reddened areas that won’t go away, laser skin rejuvenation or a chemical peel can help to create a clearer, brighter complexion.
The skin does tend to dry out in winter, which can lead to a dull, gray complexion. You can avoid this by using a rich moisturiser or facial serum daily – one of the staff here at our London cosmetic clinic can advise you on the best clinically-proven products to use.
Moisturiser can only go so far, however, and if your skin is already looking in need of some TLC, try medical micro-needling or PRP (also known as the Dracula Lift) to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and brighten your skin from the inside out.
Strange as it may seem, the winter months are also the time when acne is more likely to flare up, as we tend to wear more make-up and wrap up warm, giving the pores more clogging opportunities. You can try to avoid this by wearing lighter, mineral foundations, which don’t clog pores, and by trying to eat healthily and cleansing and moisturising regularly.
If you are already seeing more spots appear, chemical peels or laser treatment can be used to undo some of the damage and leave you clear skinned during the winter months.