Jennifer Rock aka The Skin Nerd tells us why we need to take particularly good care of our skin in the upcoming months to ensure that our problems are kept to a minimum…
Don’t let the dark and cold nights ruin your healthy eating.
When we get home, drenched to the bone by freezing rain in the pitch black, our instinct as humans is to comfort ourselves and many of us reach for sugary and processed snacks to do this. Our skin truly needs the nutrients we get from our food so we need to make sure we get enough protein, vitamins and minerals and keep sugar to a minimum – even when we truly do not feel like it.
KEEP HEATERS TO A MINIMUM WHEREVER POSSIBLE
Of course you don’t want to hear this – we live in Ireland! However, car heaters, hot air and radiators can spell disaster for the skin as dry air saps moisture from it. When your skin becomes dehydrated, it may be itchy, tight and feel dry whilst simultaneously being oily on top as your skin is accidentally over-correcting and producing too much sebum.
Make sure to provide your skin with hydration internally by taking omega supplements and topically with hyaluronic acid and other hydrating skingredients. If you know that your skin becomes dehydrated, you may need to add a slightly heavier cream to ensure that moisture is being locked into the skin.
SWITCH TO MINERAL MAKEUP
Remember we were talking about how heating can dehydrate the skin? Well, the wind can too – you’re never safe! I have always been a huge advocate for using mineral makeup. Cosmetic makeup contains ingredients that dry out the skin as it usually isn’t designed with the skin in mind. Mineral makeup is a very skin-friendly alternative and minerals, even in powder form, actually hydrate the skin.
If you’re someone who goes out walking or jogging with no makeup on, a sweeping of mineral powder will help to protect your skin from the elements without irritating your skin.
BIN THE WIPES
Using wipes (and the majority of micellar waters, for that matter) is a huge no-no in my book. Wipes and micellar waters contain dehydrating alcohols and sensitising fragrances and they don’t really cleanse, they simply displace the makeup, sebum and debris around the face.
DON’T PUT OFF GETTING PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR YOUR SKIN
If you’re suffering long-term from skin concerns like spots, accelerated ageing or skin dehydration, speak to a professional skin therapist. If you’re a busy bee like me, it may be handier to get skin advice online. The Skin Nerd is an online skincare community, with online video call consultations, a cosmeceutical skincare department store and exclusive skin-related content.
Jennifer’s debut book, The Skin Nerd: Your Straight-Talking Guide to Feeding, Protecting & Respecting Your Skin, is now available from bookstores nationwide.