Many of us decide that come the new year, we are going to do everything we can to be a better, healthier and happier person in the 12 months to follow.
The festive season leaves many of us with dull, dry complexions – the result of too much wine and too many mince pies. That, coupled with a reduction in our usual exercise, late nights and the dehydrating effect of central heating, and our skins can look anything but dewy and fresh. That’s without taking into account the effect of stress on our skin – and who leads a completely stress-free life?
In this post, Dr Ejikeme, Medical Director at the Adonia Medical Clinic shares her 5 top resolutions for having glowing skin this year.
Dr Ejikeme is an NHS Medical Consultant and a highly experienced aesthetic medicine doctor with extensive global training in medicine and surgery.
Here is what she suggests:-
In order to get and maintain a nice healthy complexion, it is essential to re-hydrate constantly, with at least 2 litres of waters per day and by eating water-rich foods.
Your lighter face creams should be swapped in for richer night creams and oils to really keep your skin hydrated. You don’t have to spend a fortune. I’ve tried loads of creams from Creme de la Mer to L’Oreal and, frankly, couldn’t see a difference in any of them. What is important is that you apply it regularly and don’t forget to add a sunscreen if your chosen cream doesn’t already contain one.
By exfoliating regularly you encourage a more even fade compared to the natural exfoliation that happens over time, it also allows moisturisers and oils to reach deeper into the skin for better effects.
Exfoliate the skin 2 or more times a week for best results for removing dead skins and aiding circulation.
The motivation to exercise is often less in the winter months – however, it is essential. Movement enables lymphatic drainage and constant circulation which then enables the skin to be energised and glowing. Exercising 3-5 times a week will help maintain your overall health, as well as youthful, healthy skin.
4. AVOID TOXINS
The cooler months at the beginning of the year are more likely to encourage skin problems, such as eczema or dermatitis, to flare up it is important to avoid anything that worsens this.
Avoiding allergens and irritants such as chemical-laden detergents will help prevent these problems. Using moisturisers designed for your specific skin type will also improve skin quality.
5. USE LUKEWARM WATER
Using lukewarm water instead of hot water to shower, bathe or wash your face will benefit your skin by preventing any essential oils and moisture being stripped from the skin, particularly when the weather is extra cold.
Luckily there are plenty of excellent skincare products to suit every budget these days, as well as many great guides to skincare in your local bookstore.