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Winter survival kit – for skin!

Winter is officially upon us. To help your skin survive, and still look your best, we've consulted one of Wiltshire's best beauticians for some advice. Here are her top tips!

March might be a time to dig out those cosy sweaters and thick socks and snuggle up in front of the fire with hot chocolate/wine/more wine, but what do we do to prepare our skin for the start of the coldest time of the year? I, for one, ignore my skin care during the winter and then I wonder why my skin suffers…So, Muddy to the rescue! We’ve picked the brains of uber-therapist Jayne Hurd, owner of Serenity Wellness and Beauty, for her top tips of how to keep our skin beautiful this winter. Over to you Jayne…

Our skin is our largest organ, it is there when we are born and there when we die, but in between it is pretty abused with sun, wind and rain. In the winter months our skin dries out due to the central heating in our homes, cars and offices – it is always in constantly changing environments and as a living organ it needs to be protected. When our skin dries out it can bring on signs of premature ageing and effect underlying conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. It is so important to keep your skin hydrated throughout all seasons but especially during the winter.

Top tips

  • After showering is the best time to carry out your skin care routine as damp (not wet) skin seals in the moisture from your products. However, as tempting as it is to have a hot bath when you get home, too hot a temperature will strip your skin of its natural protective oils and dry it out so try to keep the water lukewarm
  • Once or twice a week exfoliate your skin, as the dead skin cells will sit on your healthy skin cells preventing them from getting the moisture they require. A good fruit peel, like this one by Tropic, is excellent to put on before bed under your moisturiser, throughout the night the fruit peel will nibble away at your dead skin cells leaving a smooth fresh complexion in the morning
  • Use a specific mask weekly, but remember that the skin on your face is different in different areas. One of the most common mistakes is to buy one mask and use it all over your face. For example, your forehead may be dry but your cheeks and chin may be oily or prone to break outs. You can use two or three different masks on different areas of your face to ensure that the right areas are treated with the right products
  • Remove your make up every night before going to bed to give your skin time to heal and breathe
  • It is easy to stop drinking water in the colder months but hot beverages will not replenish or hydrate your skin in the same way. Try to drink a glass of water with every cuppa that you have to keep your skin naturally hydrated
  • Use a good SPF. It is well known how important it is to use sunscreen during the summer months but it is just as important to use it during winter. Sun damage can be more gradual and will happen in a slower, more subtle way, however it is equally as harmful as summer sun

To look after your skin is to invest in your skin – it’s amazing how many people come in for a facial but never do anything in between. You cannot expect your skin to glow or to reduce the signs of ageing if you don’t look after it. Your skin goes everywhere with you so to keep it looking its absolute best you need to invest some time in it.

If you wanted to tone up before a holiday you wouldn’t go to the gym now and then, you would try to go as much as possible to get the best possible results. It’s the same with a facial – you can’t look after it every now and then and still expect bright, glowing, healthy skin.

At Serenity Wellness and Beauty, I put together a bespoke facial to suit your skin type and requirements. A course of a facial every week for 6 weeks will kick start the process of improving your skin tone and texture using galvanic, high frequency, vacuum or microcurrent, and thereafter you can maintain fortnightly or monthly. The results are amazing.

I do microdermabrasion which is an amazing exfoliation suitable for any skin type, it will help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and minor acne scaring. I also do Dermaplaning using a bladed instrument which is again a great exfoliation removing the top layer of dead skin cells and the soft vellus hair leaving you with a smooth silhouette for makeup application.

Both of these exfoliation techniques help the skin to absorb facial products better. I have numerous reviews from happy clients who have had facial treatments and who are proof that it works.

Look after your skin, invest in it and you can’t go wrong, whatever the season treat your skin accordingly and it will do you proud.

Serenity Wellness and Beauty, 11a Church Street, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN126LS, Tel: 07486 648105,

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