Expert Winter Skin Care Tips From Skin Health Specialist, Sherna Malone
Let’s face it, winter is well and truly creeping upon us. The days are getting darker, and the temperatures are dropping. Cooler and changing weather can unfortunately have dramatic effects on the skin. From dry skin and chapped lips, to irritated redness and hat and scarf induced breakouts. Luckily, with some extra TLC and few key steps to protect your skin barrier during the winter, you’ll be able to keep your skin healthy and glowing throughout.
Ensure you keep your skin barrier strong as we venture into cooler temperatures by following these tips from Sherna Malone, Skin Health Specialist and Facialist:
1. Protect your skin barrier
“Take good care of your skin by nurturing your skin's barrier and maintaining a healthy microbiome. Incorporate barrier-fortifying ingredients for example ceramides and niacinamide. Both these will support and strengthen your skin barrier function, helping prevent moisture loss, keeping skin hydrated and supple.”
For more information on your skin barrier and how to protect it, head to our recent blog ‘everything you need to know about your skin barrier’ here.
2. Less is more
“Using too many products or using incorrect product choices can be major culprits for compromising your skin barrier, leading to irritation, dryness, redness, itching, tightness and breakouts. I always recommend Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier, as it’s a great addition to your skincare routine and suitable for all skin types."
3. Don’t forget sunscreen!
Using sun protection everyday, even in the winter is vital for optimal skin health. Although we may miss the sunshine in the winter, UV rays are still very much present and it’s a huge mistake to skip sunscreen during this time. UV rays damage collagen and elastin in your skin, which can lead to increased fine lines and wrinkles. Applying high quality sun cream should therefore be a staple part of your every day routine no matter the weather or time of year.
4. Eat well
“Anything you can do that keeps your skin healthy and strong will have the same effect on your skin barrier.“
Your diet plays a huge factor on your skin heath. Aim to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Research also suggests that a diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates helps to keep skin healthy and glowing. (1). If you suffer with breakouts, Emma Bardwell suggests to adopt a Mediterranean style way of eating as it’s anti-inflammatory, largely unprocessed and high in fibre (which is great for gut health), phytonutrients and healthy fats. Think lean protein like fish, wholegrains like oats and brown rice, colourful fruits and vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, olive oil, nuts and seeds.
For more of nutritionist, Emma Bardwell’s skincare tips for acne, head here.
As Sherna mentioned, Clinisoothe+ is a staple product in any skin health routine, no matter the season or skin concern! It’s high purity hypochlorous formula protects skin from pollutants, impurities, prevents breakouts and promotes rapid recovery from redness and irritation. Clinisoothe+ is a vegan-friendly formula that is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.
Clinisoothe+ is ideal for skin prone to rosacea and eczema, which often worsens during the winter months.
Try Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier, a gentle product to add to your skincare routine. Simply spritz your skin after cleansing and allow the product to soothe redness or irritation.
Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier $19.95/100ml
Sherna Malone is a skin health specialist and facialist. She is also a beauty columnist for West Cork People and a skin care expert for @rtetoday
(1) Mayo Clinic