Transitioning your skincare routine from summer to winter

Transitioning your skincare routine from summer to winter Pharmhealth Pharmacy

It is vital to establish a good skincare routine from an early age and to develop good techniques on how apply cleansers, toners, serums, moisturisers, and masks. The needs of our skin can change as the weather begins to chill and we shift from one season to another.

Your skin can take a beating during the winter months resulting in dry, irritated, and chapped skin. Your skin holds more water in spring and summer and loses water during the winter months meaning that you should switch up your skin routine to incorporate more moisturizing products in the winter.

Vichy have an excellent range called Aqualia Thermal which provides intensive hydration for up to 48 hours for all skin types making it the perfect addition to everyone’s skin care regimen this fall/winter. This whole range contains Vichy’s mineral water enriched with 15 minerals to strengthen your skin from external aggressors.

Let us start by looking at the rehydrating serum.  “Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum targets moisture loss by rehydrating skin with an intense and long-lasting daily formula inspired by isotonic rehydration.”  Isotonic rehydration simply means a combination of water, minerals and sugars designed to replenish dehydrated skin. Serums essentially help to keep water in your skin during autumn and winter, restoring comfort. A great tip is to rub the serum between your fingers and press the serum into skin to help the product penetrate deep into the bottom layers of the dermis.

The next step is to choose a good moisturizer. In the summer, a purifying light moisturizer may be more suited as these kinds of moisturizers help to balance moisture in your skin. However, in winter choose a richer hydrating moisturize like Aqua Thermal Rich Cream. With 97% naturally sourced ingredients, this cream is suitable for all skin types.

At night, your skin is more receptive to absorbing the active ingredients in your products. Aqualia Night Spa contains hyaluronic acid, aquabioryl and Vichy thermal spa to hydrate your skin while your sleep so you wake up with skin that feels refreshed and supple the next morning.Aquabioryl is a molecule which is unique to the range and forms a protective barrier on your skins surface to retain moisture.

As our skin becomes drier, we need to exfoliate. You should aim to exfoliate 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells. In the summer, choose a physical exfoliator rather then a chemical exfoliator. Physical exfoliators are exfoliants that use granules to physically scrub away dead skin. These kinds of exfoliators may be too harsh for dry and irritated skin. Therefore, in winter choose a chemical exfoliant. Chemical exfoliants use AHA or BHA to gently dissolve the top layer of dead skin to reduce flakiness.

Remember that your skin is the body’s largest organ, so it is important that we take care of it. Always try and change your skin care products every six months. Whether your skin is dehydrated from long hot summer days or irritated from cold icy winds hydration is the key to help your skin repair itself.

Old products can contain a build up of bacteria which can clog your pores and cause skin irritation.  Continually use of a cream with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) even in the winter to protect your skin. Even though the UVB rays of the sun may not be as intense as they are in the summer, UVA rays tend to remain like their strength in the summer.

Allow your skin to naturally transition alongside the changes in the climate. Using creams which are too heavy for your skin can cause your skin to become lazy and not produce the necessary moisture that your skin may need naturally. Our aim is to protect our skin from the elements all year round and the best way to do this is start changing up your skin care routines and find what works best for your skins needs.

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