December 21, 2017

Essential winter skincare tips

By Sophie Kelly In Hommage-Magazine

Winter is your body’s number one enemy. Not only does it leave us uncomfortably shivering on our way to work, breaks down our immune system and leaves our mood noticeably lower. The cold also causes our complexion to look dull and pasty and can wreak havoc on our skin’s natural protective barrier. winter skincare tips differs from your usual skincare.

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Your skin is like your body’s own protective layer, it keeps out pollutions, allergens and irritants. Cold air and icy winds are what strip away the lipids within our skin that are responsible for keeping moisture locked in. Central heating and long hot showers also compromise the skin, changing the water balance, fat and protein that make up our skin’s barrier, leading to further dehydration of the skin. All of these breakdowns provide us with dry, red, irritated faces, not to mention those chapped lips.

All of this means that protecting our skin in winter isn’t just a good idea, it’s actually essential. In this guide, we provide some essential winter skincare tips to help your skin look as great as it did on that 2002 trip to Mauritius, even on some of the UK’s most freezing days.

  • Winter skincare tips: Drink water

One of the most important things is to keep hydrated. Even though you may not desire cold drinks in winter and would prefer a tea or coffee it’s imperative to remain drinking water as well. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ and is primarily made up of water, when our organs are dehydrated they don’t function as well as they do with high water intake.

  • Winter skincare tips: Shave carefully

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Winter shaving is not the same as summer-shaving, we can assure you there are some different rules you must abide by. In winter the best time to shave is immediately after a hot shower as this opens your pores prior to shaving. Essentially, massaging the HOMMAGE Perform Shave Cream onto your skin and rinsing your razor after each stroke will give you a less damaging shave.

Post shave, apply the  HOMMAGE Soothe Shave Balm to help moisturise your skin and reduce any irritation caused by shaving. A Shave Balm is a lot less common than a shave cream, however, if you are prone to breakouts and redness a soothing balm could help reduce breakouts at their onset.

  • Winter skincare tips: Exfoliate

Despite the fact that exposing your skin further to the cold by exfoliating may feel like the last thing you’d want to do, it is actually vital so that you are removing dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. We suggest the HOMMAGE Refine Exfoliating Face Mask the mask will help clear the skin of dead cells that clog up your pores and cause blackhead and leave your complexion appearing dull and uneven. However, avoid aggravating sensitive and dry wintery skin and stick to exfoliating once or twice a week, rather than every day. Exfoliation is especially important for men over the age of 25, as that’s when the rate at which the skin naturally sloughs off dead cells slows down.

  • Winter skincare tips: Cleanse/wash your face

So by now you should already know that washing your face twice a day for more than 20 seconds is an essential. Not only is this a quick way to wake yourself up in the morning, when cleansing your face before bed you will clear it of all the oils and pollutants from the day. We recommend the HOMMAGE Purify Facial Cleanser.

Men in particular produce a lot of oil due to their testosterone levels and if oil is left on the skin overnight can block up and clog pores, causing them to appear larger and leading to shininess and acne.

  • Winter skincare tips: Moisturise 

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Once you have removed the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, you need to add moisture back into the skin. We suggest the HOMMAGE Fortify Face Moisturiser as this contains Cetearyl and Glycerine which helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier.

Moisturising regularly in winter helps your skin avoid drying up, flaking and even cracking. Ensure you pat your skin dry as rubbing can be too harsh on the delicate areas of your skin.

Though winter may present many challenges, keeping up with your skincare routines and making a few changes is an important way to avoid damage to your skin and to help you avoid discomfort or irritation to your skin.

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