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11 Jul

achieve your winter skin goals

It's midwinter, the weather has not been kind and your skin is feeling rough and dry.   

Winter takes its toll on your skin in various ways.  The suns UVA rays cause sunburn and UVB rays cause skin aging and wrinkles.

The wind and its partner cold weather; reduce your skins natural sun protection, stripping moisture away and carry dust and pollutants.

What can you do to bring your skin back to life in time for spring? 

 

The Basics

A high SPF Sunscreen is basic equipment whatever the time of year.   

Limiting your exposure to the elements during winter as much as practical (while still maintaining your vitamin D level of course!) is also helpful.

 

Get A Good Nights Rest

This might seem overly simplistic however if you don't get sufficient sleep your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol.  Cortisol levels decrease while we sleep, allowing the skin to rejuvenate itself.   Sleep deprivation or poor sleep can promote inflammation and breakouts.   Get more winks to improve the quality of your skin.   

 

Cleanse Your Skin 

Believe it or not, soap is not the best for your skin.  A good cleanser and weekly exfoliating facial scrub will help to remove make-up, dirt, dead skin cells and the invisible pollutants your skin encounters during winter. 

 

Hydrate

Besides the obvious need to drink lots of water whatever time of year, a good hydrating serum or moisturiser goes a long way to maintaining the hydration of your skin.

 

Boost Skin Immunity

Niacinamide or Vitamin B (orally and as a serum) improves cell turnover and provides antioxidant and anti-bacterial protection to your skin.  It helps to keep the skin calm and reduce redness.   It has also been associated with a reduced risk in skin cancer formation.

 

Protect Your Skin

Vitamin C Serum protects the skin from harmful pollutants that cause the skin to break down along with protection against UVA and UVB rays.   It boosts the skins ability to produce collagen and this helps to softening fine lines.

 

Refine Your Skin

Vitamin A Serum is vital in collagen production as it stimulates the dermis, increasing blood flow and slows the normal aging breakdown of your collagen and elastin.  It helps to repair damaged skin and is responsible for what is commonly called the "dewy look".

 

We hope these tips help you achieve your winter skin goals.   As with any skin care program its best to start with the basics and build from there depending on your individual skin care needs.   If you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact us.  

 

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Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Dr. Naveen Somia is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon who listens to his patients, understands their problems and works alongside them to help achieve their aesthetic goals by applying his skills and years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. A published author on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Naveen’s blog is aimed at helping you make the right choices and stay safe in your quest to look your personal best.