The Kit, October 2013, 4 Top Tips for Great Skin Throughout Winter
By Deborah Fulsang
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
4 TOP TIPS FOR GREAT SKIN THROUGHOUT WINTER
’Tis the season to swap your summertime lotions for richer textures, says Gabriela Madrid of Glow Medi Spa in Toronto. “You definitely want to up your home-care routine and get into more intensive treatments, like a serum with hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and is great for anti-aging.”
Switching is important even for oiler skins, she says. Her recommendation, regardless of age: oil-free serums, which hydrate without clogging pores and without adding to the sebum already on the skin. Dr. Sarah Dora, Scientific and Medical Relations Leader for Vichy Canada, also suggests using products targeted specifically for acne-prone skin that will hydrate without exacerbating inflammations and irritations.
Here are five top tips from skin and health professionals for keeping skin in tiptop shape over the winter:
Swap your summertime lotions for richer textures, says Gabriela Madrid of Glow Medi Spa in Toronto. “You want to up your at home skin-care routine and get into more intensive treatments, like a serum with hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and is great for anti-aging.”
Use lukewarm water to cool water to wash your face—hot water will strip away the skin’s natural oils. And try a toner, says Madrid. “I am a big believer in toners. Look for a calming one with rose or chamomile. “Tap water lowers our PH so strips our skin of natural moisture. A toner will replace that natural moisture so skin won’t feel tight and dry. And then you can use the moisturizer that your skin needs without going overboard [and using more of it than you need]. More is not necessarily better.”
Eat your greens, says nutritionist Maria Pawlicka. “Dark Leafy Greens such as collards, arugula, spinach, kale, and rapini, dark green, purple or red lettuce are rich in alkaline nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. They’re also full of anti-inflammatory compounds such as vitamin C and A. Juice them, eat them raw, blend them into a smoothie, steam or stir-fry them,” says Pawlicka. “Your skin will glow by improving its own moisture and elasticity. And you’ll reduce any discoloration after few weeks of eating extra amounts of leafy greens.”
Need help fast? Try this high-intensity trick on a quiet Sunday night. Give yourself an exfoliating mask—one with AHAs is ideal—and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off. Then apply a cream moisturizing mask and go to bed. In the morning, rinse it off and continue with your usual routine. “At night when we sleep our skin regenerates, so this is the perfect time for a treatment,” says Madrid.
Madrid’s personal secret weapons:
- Doctor Babor Derma Cellular Skin Renewal AHA Peeling 10%, $150, at Glow Medi Spa, Toronto
- Doctor Babor Biogen Cellular Ultimate Repair Mask, $60, available for purchase at Glow Medi Spa, Toronto
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