Christmas! It’s the most beautiful time of the year but also the most demanding season for women. If you are over 30 and especially a mother you know what I mean. Christmas holidays are the period of the year when everything that you do must be perfect. Finding time to buy the perfect presents for family and friends? Attending social events and Christmas charity balls? Packing your bags for the annual ski trip? Cooking the perfect Christmas dinner? Is it possible for a woman to manage to do all that and still keep looking fabulous? Well dear ladies, fear no more. The Dermaperfect annual Big Christmas Guide to a Perfect Skin has got you covered.
STEP 1- PREPARE FOR SUCCESS
Winter is a season specifically harsh for the skin. To stay healthy in low temperatures your dermis will require much more than hats, gloves and coats as layers of protection from the cold weather. Cold weather and lack of moisture can cause cracking, chapping and irritation. Moreover, winter wind and sun combinations can cause serious sunburns and skin conditions such as eczema.
- Moisturizing both body and face is a must during ski trips and days when you are staying for many hours in the cold.
- It is also essential not to forget your sun screen. Since the snow reflects sunlight, the ultraviolet rays of the sun during the winter are still strong. Participating in winter recreational activities without applying sunscreen may result in severe burns.
- Even though enjoying a very hot, long shower during winter time might seem like a temptation, it has been found that the hot water can strip the skin of its natural elements contributing to dry skin. Instead, use lukewarm water for a shorter period of time.
STEP 2- DEVELOP A ROUTINE
Everyone is busy during Christmas but developing an effective skincare routine during the first days of winter might manage to make all the difference. Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.
- Get into a habit of moisturizing and exfoliating regularly. Moisturize your skin every time you wash and don’t forget to use exfoliated masks in order to slough off dead cells in places where moisturizing can’t get in.
- Wear gloves and scarves to protect your skin from cold winds, rain and snow. Apply sunscreen if you go skiing or for a walk on the mountain.
- Heating systems dry out the air. Consider installing a humidifier at your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
- Drink more water to dehydrate your skin from the inside out. Eating foods with a lot of water like soups will also help. Don’t forget Vitamin C to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.
STEP 3- VISIT YOUR DOCTOR
A specialised Dermatologist is the best person to tell you how to protect your skin during harsh winter months. Dr. Penelope Tympanidis is a UK- trained dermatologist with more than 20 years of experience. She is also a member of the European Board of Dermatology and a pioneer in minimally invasive anti-aging and body sculpturing techniques.
- Book an appointment with our clinic for a Full Skin Health MOT and make sure that your skin is 100% healthy before 2016 kicks in.
- Consider having a procedure. What a better way to treat yourself for Christmas and the New Year but with something that will totally improve both your looks and your confidence. The winter offers more opportunities to cover up scars and other side effects as one heals from a minimally invasive procedure.
- Some procedures such as laser hair removal and peelings are safer to be done during winter time, not to mention that you are going to have plenty of time to look fabulous for summer.
- Book an appointment with our clinic now. No GP Referral required.MAKE APPOINTMENT