Just as we adjust our wardrobes to adapt to cooler temperatures, our skincare routines need an update to
help our skin adjust to the colder, drier climate. While we have yet to feel winter's wrath, the best way to prep your skin for the harsh conditions and changing temperature is to start transitioning your skin-care routine now. Getting a jump-start on windburn and dry air is one of the best ways to ensure your face and body will look fresh and hydrated all season long - keeping that summer glow.
First, it is time for a facial, or for some, a peel. Clients are asking how often should I have a facial? The answer is minimally twice a year for the seasonal changes. Rid your skin of the past season’s abuse and prepare for the next seasons challenges. Facials set your skin right for your changeup in your daily skin care regimen. See our special the Guinot Detoxygene Treatment.
Second, update your daily care skin care regimen. One of the most important steps in a regimen is exfoliation. No matter how cold and dry the air gets, the key to smooth skin this winter is regular exfoliation, but don’t overdo it. Two to three times a week for normal skin is a good routine.
Next consider your cleanser. Cleansers can strip your skin of natural oils, dry it out, and over time, lead to more visible lines and wrinkles. What worked in the summer may not work in the colder weather. Remember, cleansing is an important step morning and night to remove impurities, makeup and excess oil that can clog pores and provide a haven for bacteria. If you have dry, mature skin use a creamy cleanser at night and remember to cleanse twice. In the morning during the colder weather use a hydrating toner. Too much water can cause dryness.
Next step is your moisturizer. Regardless of your skin type, you definitely need to step this up in the colder weather. If you are more prone to blemishes, then add a moisturizing serum. For dry or mature skin also add a moisturizing serum followed by a moisturizer with good oils.
Even in the cooler weather never forget your sunscreen. Whether you have it in your makeup or not apply it every day to your face, neck, décolleté and hands.
One final consideration for your skin care regimen in the colder weather is your makeup foundation. Depending on your skin type there are many that are clean - no preservatives, and extension of your skin care (ingredients that are helping your skin not just covering it) and right for your skin. Select a makeup foundation similar to your moisturizer and remember more protection is better in the colder months.