How to Achieve Glowing Winter Skin
We love lots of things about winter – sitting in front of the fireplace, warming cocktails and playing in the snow – but the cold weather can wreak havoc on our skin. To help, we’ve enlisted the help of the world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Barbara Sturm to share her top skincare tips for the colder months, so you can stop hibernating and get out to that latest restaurant opening.
Winter skincare tips by Dr. Barbara Sturm
Our skin becomes especially dry in the winter for several reasons. The freezing cold prevents blood circulation to the outer layers of our skin, leading to damage at the cellular level. Insufficient blood supply adversely affects the functioning of the skin’s tissue and cells by slowing down sebum production, an important part of the lipid shield that protects our skin and keeps the surface smooth and even. Therefore Dr. Barbara Sturm recommend the following to make sure your skin is well taken care of and protected at all times:
Tip 1: The usage of a richer face cream, which contains shielding ingredients like grape seed oil, helping to prepare and protect the skin while also keeping it well-balanced during the cold winter months.
Tip 2: Regenerative ingredients such as anti-oxidants and telomerase activating compounds are key to an adequate anti-ageing skincare regime, especially during winter, as the cold negatively affects important functions of the skin. One way to ensure skin is supplied with extra anti-oxidants such as Purslane, Skullcap and Vitamin E is to leave the Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask on overnight and apply the Super Anti-Aging Serum regularly. It is also critical to avoid dehydrating and inflammation-inducing ingredients such as mineral oils, parabens, fragrances, paraffins and any skin care or treatment that causes the face to ‘feel the burn.’
Tip 3: A stress factor for our skin is also the battle against indoor dry heating during winter months, which can worsen skin condition and cause depletion of valuable moisture reservoirs. It is important to replenish the moisture reservoirs of the skin in order to avoid dehydration, a decrease in skin barrier function, and prevent fine wrinkles from forming. Regular cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion and mesotherapy are also beneficial.
Tip 4: Take a sauna as often as possible. In addition to other health benefits for skin, sauna has been shown in recent clinical studies to increase stratum corneum water holding capacity, reduce acne-causing factors, correct skin pH and increase the skin barrier function. Why not try the Finnish Rooftop Sauna at the Southbank Centre?
Brought to you in partnership with Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics.