The winter months can be very hard on the skin, with redness, irritation and dryness being the obvious symptoms caused by cold weather and central heating.

With the frosty temperatures showing no signs of letting up any time soon, we’ve made it our mission to help you get your glow back with the following fail-safe tips to illuminate your skin within days.

Ice water plunge 

A cold mask for 20 minutes soothes, refreshes and tightens and also takes inflammation away and brightens the skin.

If you’ve had some late nights, this is a great way to brighten up the skin and take down any inflammation or puffy eyes. Washing your face with cold water soothes, refreshes and tightens. Plunging the face in iced water every morning followed by a cold shower every other day is also a good tip.

This technique stimulates and aids fat burn, so do it after a workout. We would also recommend using ice to reduce redness or inflamed spots.  Cucumber water in an ice tray freeze, massaged on the skin, really freshens and reduces heat, all whilst moisturising the skin.


Detox with tea and electrolytes 

During party season, many of us indulge ourselves a little more than usual. You can hide the symptoms by taking extra antioxidants, drinking green tea or taking electrolytes. Couple this with eating well where you can, including plenty of super greens.

IV Vitamin infusions are amazing this time of year, a different kind of cocktail that’s really good for you. Infusions are full of vitamin C and B12 that really hydrate the system back up.


Brighten up with AHA and collagen 

Use mild alpha-hydroxy acids to brighten the skin. The AHAs most commonly used in cosmetic products are glycolic acid and lactic acid – all will aid the overall look and feel of the skin.

Collagen sheet masks such as Mesoestetic Crystal Fibre Mask are also amazing to rejuvenate tired skin. Or if you want to take it one step further, treat yourself to Collagen Stimulation Therapy, cutting edge treatment that harnesses your body’s natural powers of healing to tighten skin.


Night time is cell recovery time 

There’s quite a lot of uncertainty around what a serum is and what it does. Even if you use a great moisturizer at night a serum may still be beneficial. Whilst moisturisers keep the skin hydrated, serums such as Estee Lauder, Advanced Night Repair penetrate the skin more deeply to deliver key ingredients.

Serums at bedtime assist with skin’s cellular recovery with high concentrations of certain active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (to reduce lines), vitamin C (to brighten the skin) or glycolic acid (an exfoliant), to name just a few.


Hydrate inside and out 

Hydrate from the inside out, get plenty of vitamin C and omegas. Moisturise and protect using an oil based moisturiser with vitamin A, C and E if your skin is particularly dry, treat yourself to a professional specialist treatments such as an Advanced Vitamin Facial to nourish and soothe the skin.


Tips supplied by Skin Matters

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