How to look after your skin in winter
Winter is around the corner and it’s time to switch up your skin care routine, the cold air outside and the warm air inside removes moisture from your skin resulting in dehydrated skin which increases fine lines, leaving your skin looking dull and giving you a feeling of tightness.
As a Murad Partner Pro Salon we learn that the best way to stay hydrated is to eat our water.
But what does that actually mean?
We are always conscious of the need to drink water and the benefits of drinking 2 litres every day but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.
It doesn’t sound a lot, but where do you find time to drink 2 litres? Weirdly enough it’s easier to find time to drink a few glasses of wine or a couple of gin and tonics than it is to drink 2 litres of water.
Wait – Doesn’t wine or gin contain water I hear you ask?
Yes they both do, in fact gin is about 60% water (so is vodka) and wine is made from grapes making it about 80% water!
But while you can enjoy a tipple, sadly alcohol will never help to keep you hydrated and that’s what is important here
The best way to tackle dehydrated skin is to incorporate water rich fruits and vegetables into your diet. This will release water into the body slowly over time instead of flushing water through the body drinking glass after glass of water.
Eating your water is one of Dr Murad’s 4 pillars of wellness
Eat your water, Awaken your body, Be kind to your mind
and Nourish your skin
Eat your water.
Our bodies break down as we age due to loss of hydration. Water is necessary to cell health, the human body is 50-65% water! We average around 57-60% water as adults, but the percentage of water in infants is much higher—typically 75-78%!
When you drink your water, though, much of it runs right through you as urine; however when you eat water-rich foods—such as fresh fruits and vegetables, which are about 80% water—your body has time to absorb the water, along with the other healthy ingredients, such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, and the vitamins and minerals that fresh produce contains.
Awaken your body.
Move your body. Movement makes us feel better—especially movement we enjoy, be it walking, hiking, swimming or dancing. We were not designed to sit for long periods of time but in the current climate post Covid, if you are still working from home, you are probably missing out on the exercise you used to do on your daily commute.
Moving is not only healthy it gets the heart and lungs pumping and the blood flowing and it also builds muscle.
Muscle is 70% water, whereas fat is only about 10% water.
Exercise is also a great stress reducer—stimulating the production of endorphins, the “feel good” hormones, and getting us out of our heads, where worry is generated, and into our bodies.
Stress, both life and environmental stress plays havoc with your skin too and let’s be honest the past 12 months have been pretty stressful to say the least.
Be kind to your mind.
Cultural stress is with us virtually 24/7, so it’s up to us to counter our stressful environments with positive self-talk and affirmations, plenty of rest and relaxation and step off social media, switch off Netflix, even for a few hours each day.
I bet if you kept a daily diary of how many hours each day you spend on social media or on Netflix watching “just one more episode”, you would be quite surprised.
Nourish your skin.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It is literally the “first line of defense” between you and the world outside and the “last line of defense” for keeping your body hydrated.
When you nourish your skin—through healthy eating, exercise, rest, and daily protection from the elements, along with moisturising—you are nourishing your body.
Skincare is healthcare. And when you treat your body right, it shows in your skin, the body’s window to wellness.
Dr Howard Murad is a world-renowned dermatologist, a visionary who modernised skin science by pioneering the use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) in topical skincare.
He understood their power to repair dry, ageing and sun-damaged skin through exfoliation.
He founded Murad Skincare in 1989 with a mission to share his ground-breaking formulas and a desire to help people look and feel younger and healthier. His products were among the first clinically proven to achieve significant measurable anti-aging results without surgery.
Totally results and solutions driven they have been designed to fight a host of skin issues including dehydration, blemishes, wrinkles, pigmentation and rosacea.
Not only was he awarded 19 patents for his skincare breakthroughs, Dr. Murad’s skincare line was among the first to use alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), showcasing the benefits of this game-changing anti-aging ingredient and he was also the first to treat the underlying connection between skincare, healthcare and hydration.
The ground-breaking combinations and techniques include touchpoint massage techniques which have been designed to help relieve stress and promote happiness as well as to make skin as healthy as it can be, giving noticeable results and leaving skin looking beautiful.
Investing in your skin is as important as healthy eating and exercise but equally important is to get the correct information from a professional about what your skin needs.
We all live very different lifestyles and have very unique skin conditions, which is why your skincare essentials should be designed specifically for you.
Perhaps you saw an advert about the latest Retinol product that offers amazing results and shows a man or woman with perfect skin so you go out and buy it because you think it will work for you too.
Maybe you visit a popular skincare brand’s website and spend a fortune on products you think sound good but then you realise you do not know how to use them and your skin care gets worse.
We see this time and time again, fortunately we love what we do and have helped numerous guests on their skincare journey.
We love to see the results from Murad facials and the homecare we have recommended.
But remember it is not a one size fits all and it is a journey that changes often with many factors.
The first step starts with you and perhaps this will show you how to look after your skin in winter