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Have you switched up your winter skincare routine?

20 January 2021

April French Furnell

There’s a chill in the air, which means it’s time to rejig your skincare routine to protect and prime your skin for the colder weather.

AlumierMD skincare expert Victoria Hiscock shares her top tips to help rebalance your home skincare routine in time for the cold months ahead.

“When your skin is subjected to heat and humidity, it doesn’t want heavy moisturisers and oils, as they can clog pores and cause inflammation and acne”, explains Victoria. “However, when the temperature drops, the colder air outside, and dry heating indoors, it dries out the skin. In order to keep its protective mantle intact so that it acts as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and contaminants, you need to up the ante when it comes to your skin’s hydration needs.”

So it’s time to give your skin some extra TLC. Victoria explains how:

Cleanse

Whatever the weather, cleansing your skin should always be on your to-do list. Just because it’s cold in the bathroom doesn’t mean you can skip the cleanse and hop into bed. Cleansers effectively clean the skin by removing make up, impurities, sun screen, dead skin cells, pollutants and excess oil.  It also allows the protective moisturisers and serums to penetrate and work most effectively.

Clear dead skin cells

Exposure to the cold outdoor air, combined with the dry indoor heat can dry out your skin cells. As a result, you need to get rid of the dead skin cells more often than you would normally during the hotter months. Ditch your duller complexion by increasing your exfoliation routine.

Opt for a skin clearing product (rather than a toner) containing 3% lactic acid. One of the larger AHA molecules, lactic acid works gently and effectively to dissolve the Velcro like bonds that keep dead skin cells attached to the face and body without irritation potential. By removing cellular debris, it enhances skin renewal to firm and strengthen skin, which improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Moisturise and apply serums

Getting an intensive moisturiser into your skincare routine is essential. Serums are also important as the support the skin barrier and make it more resistant to colder temperatures. Attracting moisture to your dermis, and keeping it there, is all down to the ingredients you use.

A complex sugar molecule occurring naturally in the body, hyaluronic acid had become a go-to ingredient in cosmetic science because of its ability to hydrate by drawing water into the skin. It holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, and makes skin plumper, softer and smoother.

However, dermatologists and skintellectuals alike know that hyaluronic acid (HA) in its original form is an enormous molecule. With a molecular weight of anything up to 1 million Daltons, it has no hope of penetrating the skin – only ingredients with a molecular weight of 500 Daltons or less will be able to do that.

Enter Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid. Unlike conventional HA, which tends to sit on top of the skin due to its large molecular size, this innovative low molecular weight HA is small enough to penetrate into the skin and get to where it needs to go. Low molecular weight HA helps to replenish the lost HA in the skin that occurs during the ageing process, which supports firms and hydrates the skin to a professional standard.

Trying to avoid skin like a leather handbag? Hydroviton® is a biomimetic (that means it’s identical to the natural components found in your skin) complex of natural sugars, hyaluronic acid and natural moisturising factors (NMFs), Hydroviton® fights against age-induced dryness by both preventing moisture evaporation and rebuilding the inner capacity of the skin to capture and retain water.

Sun protection

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays all year round. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen 365 days of the year.

 

 

The @Home Hydration Kit is the future of hydration at home.  With hi-tech hydration/ exfoliation ingredients, superfoods and vitamins, this intensely hydrating kit offers in-clinic results at home with two products previously reserved for professional use only. This kit is the perfect pre and post chemical peel protocol that will help users maintain and build on their in-clinic results. The kit can also be used before make-up application (the Eye Rescue Pads can even be used as a guide to get the perfect eyeliner wing while hydrating the under-eye area before concealer application). Plump skin is smooth skin and smooth skin makes a perfect, filter free selfie.

The Kit is suitable for all skin types, tones and conditions and contains:

1.     Aqua Infusion Mask – 60ml

2.     Bright & Clear Solution - 50ml

3.     Single Unit - Eye Rescue Pads

4.     AlumierMD Pro Peel Brush

5.     AlumierMD vegan leather skincare bag

 

The @Home Hydration Kit costs £110 and £5 is donated to the Alumier Foundation.  To purchase the kit, find your local AlumierMD clinic by going to the AlumierMD clinic finder: https://www.alumiermd.co.uk/find_a_professional

AlumierMD products can only be purchased following a skincare consultation with a licensed and qualified medical or skincare professionals. You can book your consultation via the link above. Video consultations are available during lockdown.

 

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