Five ways to beat winter skin – advice from leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Olivier Amar
As we progress further into the winter months of the new year, it comes as no surprise that the turbulence of 2020 has started to catch up not just with our general lives, but with our skin. Research shows that cases of people suffering from acne increase by 11% during winter in Britain, in addition to 55% saying their saw their skin worsen during the 2020 lockdown periods. Unfortunately for our skin, the combination of these factors creates a recipe for disaster.A
We can now start to leave behind some of the stressfulness created by coronavirus in 2020. The longevity of the impact has nonetheless caused us unwanted breakouts, as well as complacency when it comes to our skincare routines. Plus, with the cold winter air sucking the moisture from our skin, and a lack of Vitamin D leading to dullness and fatigue, this winter will no doubt prove increasingly challenging in the skin battles we face every day.
Consequently, many of us are left asking the recurring question: how can I fix my skin? Winter can be an especially difficult time for maintaining routine and motivation when it comes to skin issues. Dr. Olivier Amar, CMO of Cosmetic Treatment innovator Uvence, is here to offer his 5 tips and tricks to help you look your best during this time:
Hydration is key: Drinking more water helps to flush out toxins from the body, leaving the skin looking more radiant and youthful. As our skin is also comprised of up to 30% water, increasing water intake helps it to look plump. Try drinking at least 2 litres a day to really notice the benefits.
Stick to a routine: Lifestyle changes disrupts your body’s routine, and has the potential to cause unwanted breakouts. To help restore your body clock, try to go to sleep at a similar time each evening, also making sure to get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep each night. Following a 3‑step ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’ skincare routine twice a day will also help to keep it looking its best.
Use SPF: Over a quarter of Brits did not know that the winter sun can still cause much damage to our skin. Make sure you’re using a moisturiser that contains an SPF of at least 15 – even under make-up – to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Exercise for a least 15 minutes a day: This helps increases blood circulation to the face. Red blood cells help carry oxygen and vital nutrients to parts of the body that really need it – more blood cells mean more nutrients! Exercise, therefore, helps to combat the drying effects of the winter air which can cause dullness in the appearance of skin.
You are what you eat: Eating a balanced diet and getting in those essential vitamins helps your skin from the inside-out. Ensuring you get your 5‑a-day will increase your intake of antioxidants, helping reduce pigmentation as well as wrinkles. Including healthy oil-rich foods in your diet, such as tuna, has also been shown to increase collagen production in the skin, improving its overall texture.
Dr Olivier Amar, CMO of Cosmetic Treatment innovator, Uvence, comments: “Winter can be a really tough time when it comes to looking after our skin. Our motivation often depletes dramatically, consequently meaning that attention to our skin and the steps we take to look after it are neglected. Also, with many of my patients highlighting how the 2020 lockdowns brought on several issues with their skin, as well as disrupted the steps they usually take to look after it, I’ve created a simple list of the key areas to pay attention to. Following these five simple tips will really help to keep you on track and ensure your skin stays looking the best it possibly can during the winter months.”
“It is, however, understandable that many of us turn to cosmetic procedures to help improve the appearance of our skin. These tips should be the first thing to consider and anyone considering further measures should speak extensively with a doctor prior to committing to any procedure. If you are looking for a treatment that can help your skin in a natural way, Uvence offers a great solution to help tackle the skin problems thousands of Brits struggle with every day. Steering clear from the toxins and filler which traditional cosmetic procedures utilise, Uvence instead uses patients’ own cells to rejuvenate and plump the skin in the most natural way, directly targeting the issues which this winter is throwing our way.”