Skin protection during winter.

Winter weather is harsh on our skin. Outside, the cold and wind leave it dehydrated, flaking, and cracked.  Inside, as soon as the heating goes on, the skin starts to dry out.  A richer cleanser and moisturiser is needed.  Oil based moisturisers leave a protective layer on the skin.  Night creams tend to be oil based, Medik8 Hyra8 night is a rich formula to help the skin repair and regenerate over night.

Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells for a brighter complexion.  Preferably, with a cleanser containing gentle AHA's to remove the build up on a daily basis, or with a very gentle scrub.  Rich serums are also beneficial, to add those much needed antioxidants, which help to combat sun and environmental damage.  A diet high in Vitamin C and omega 3 acids will help to protect the skin from the inside.  Green leafy vegetables like curly kale are super antioxidants, as well as kiwi fruit, oranges and peppers.  Tuna, wild salmon, sardines and herring are a rich source of omega 3.

Start the day with a hot lemon and ginger drink to boost your immune system during the cold and flu season, as well as soothing the digestive system.  Just squeeze a lemon into a cup, add some grated ginger, and top up with hot water. Honey can be added for sweetness.

Humidifiers around your home or work will help to replace the lost moisture from heating systems.  A simple bowl of water in each room works just as well.

What people do forget, is to use a high SPF all year round. UVA found in daylight is what causes wrinkles and damages collagen.