We all know that if you have lost your mojo in the beginning of the year, the best way to get it back is to hit the slopes.
Meanwhile, your hair and skin might already be suffering from the nasty combination of dry cold winds, central heating and more screen time. Hitting the slopes might be the last straw.
But not to dispair, you can return from the mountains and get through the winter with a hydrated envious glow following a few simple tips.
- Ditch cleansing foams with laureth sulfates and aggressive exfoliating brushes/ cloths that tend to dry out the skin. Replace instead with gentle soft cleansing sponges and muslin cloths and use a moisturising gel based cleanser and a hydrating Micellar Water to remove dirt and makeup.
- Avoid long hot showers and baths. Although tempting during winter they tend to dry out the skin. Take lukewarm showers instead and use the sauna/ steam room to heat you up and relax the muscles after a long day on the slopes. A great side kick is that these sessions are detoxifying for your skin as the sweating eliminates toxins from your pores and the heat softens dry skin and helps in removing dead skin cells. Remember to drink a lot and gently wash your skin before and after each sauna/steam session to replenish the water loss and assure that the dirt, dead skin cells and toxins are washed off. Moisturize immediately after. Steam baths are generally more hydrating for the skin than sauna. There are some disagreement as to whether such sessions help or worsen skin prone to break out and we recommend to test it out gently to see how it works for you if you have particular skin issues. Always check out any planned sessions with your doctor beforehand if you have any contraindications. Your hair will love you for applying a hair mask before going into the sauna as the heat helps the active ingredients and moisture to penetrate further into your hair.
- It s vital to use a good moisturiser that replenishes the skin with valuable lipids – essential components to healthy barrier function – therefore restoring hydration. When choosing a moisturiser, look for ingredients such as vitamin E as it’s rich in antioxidants, which help to defend the skin against harmful environmental aggressors such as city pollution and harmful effects from too much screen time. Hyaluronic acid is also a powerful molecule used in moisturisers and serums that holds 1,000 times its own weight in moisture. Extremely hydrating yet ultra-lightweight.
- Protect your face and lips with a high quality barrier cream or oil under your SPF to protect yourself against icy winds and lock in hydration. You can use on dry cuticles, hands etc as well to soften them.
- Use a good quality sun screen SPF +30 protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Bring good travel sets for body and hair with you rather than just using what s available at your hotel. Even top hotels often offer a selection of highly fragranced kits and cleansers containing laureth sulfates that dries out the skin.
- Go for a treatment once every 4-6 weeks for a professional boost of your daily home care. For instance, The Lisa Franklin Clinic in London runs a special winter offer on it s new Rejuvenate treatment combining EVA by Endosphères Therapy, a natural evolutionary innovation for facial treatments with Lisa Franklin Pro-Effect products to provide a complete non-evasive skin rejuvenation treatment. If you order before Valentines Day, you can be one of the first to experience this breakthrough in facial treatments at an introductory offer of £150* (Normal price £250 - 60mins) for a one time treatment only. Offer to be redeemed in the period of 1-20th of March 2019.
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