The weather is cooler, the central heating is on, and we’re bringing out the knitted jumpers. The changing conditions can really make your skin freak out, meaning you need to switch up your routine… But what are the signs to look out for?
We do harp on about this skin test but it is a really simple guide you should try regularly. We tend to do the pinch test on the back of your hand so that you can easily do it for yourself.
Pinch a little bit of the skin using your thumb and forefinger and hold it for five seconds. When you let go, count how long it takes for the piece of skin to resume to its original flat position. Good elasticity is demonstrated by your skin returning to its original position quickly.
As a rule of thumb 1-2 seconds: under 30 years, 3-4 seconds: 30-44 years, 5-9 seconds: 45-60 years and longer than ten seconds: 60 + years
We all have different areas prone to dryness. Typically, these will be your forehead or cheeks, as they are a little more exposed to the elements. If you spend more time outside you may notice more patches, so just make sure you give these places a little more attention.
They may feel tight, a little sore on the outer edges or maybe terribly cracked. We sometimes forget to care for our lips. If they’re taking the hit, just like your facial skincare routine, exfoliate and moisturize to get your lips back on track.
Now you know what to look for, how can you keep your skin healthy and glowing throughout the autumn & winter months?
Don’t fret! You can improve your skin’s elasticity with a good skincare routine and CULT51 has been clinically proven to improve your skin’s elasticity, amongst all the 51 benefits they boast! Cleanse, tone and moisturise day and night. For an added boost, think of Immediate Effect Serum as an intensive, lightweight moisturiser. It’s a great way of hydrating your skin without the feeling of thick heavy cream. It’s not just for under your eyes, you can use it in the same way as your moisturiser.
If you’re suffering from dry and flaky skin this step must not be overlooked. It’s the key to a brighter, smoother complexion. Just avoid using a harsh, hard exfoliator, and look for something more gentle. A good tip is to mix your regular exfoliator with an oil or balm cleanser to give a gentle exfoliation - but only exfoliate once a week.
We can’t stress how important drinking water is for a brighter and smoother complexion. Drinking the recommended 2 litres of water a day will lead you to regenerated skin. It’ll promote collagen production - which in turn increases elasticity-, makes your skin appear less dull, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and your pores will appear minimised.
The weather might want us to comfort eat, but you can still make healthy choices and pack your diet with fish, seeds, nuts and vegetables. Check out our blog on Superfoods for Super Skin.