Tips, Tricks and Trials: Winter Skin

It’s that time of year again; summer is gone, and winter is looming. The puffer jackets are out in full force and the sniffles have already begun in the office. We are always ready and prepped when winter comes around, wearing fluffy hats, snug gloves and cosy coats. So why do we always seem to neglect our skin when winter comes around? As temperatures drop in the air, so does the moisture. We further exacerbate this problem by turning up the heating, which only depletes more water from the air. So here are our top skincare tips and tricks for prepping in advance for the winter months ahead.

1. Water

Frustratingly, the colder months tend to bring a perfectly imperfect atmosphere that triggers dry, tight, and flaky skin, which is why our number one tip is an obvious one. Experts will always tell you, stay hydrated. We often forget to keep drinking water when winter comes back around. As the temperature drops, we tend to reach for the warm cups of cocoa or tea. Don’t forget that your skin needs to always stay hydrated, both inside and out, to maintain that healthy glow. So, there is our simple, classic, number one tip for optimal skin health throughout the winter.

2. It’s all about the serum…

At RKM we are firm believers in always mixing up your skincare regime. It’s important to trial and test new products to suit your skins ever-changing needs to help fight against environmental changes. Invest in a nourishing and hydrating serum, serums are a great addition to your skincare regime in winter, as they are essentially concentrated moisturisers that penetrate deeper into your skin.
Teoxane’s RHA Serum is one of our holy grail products in winter. RHA helps to hydrate the skin by forming a barrier on the surface of your skin, which locks in moisture and leaves your skin plumped. Continued use of this serum will lift fine lines and wrinkles.

Another cult favourite is AlumierMD‘s ultimate boost serum. This serum contains Matrixyl Synthe 6® which promotes collagen and elastin production, which helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This magical ingredient also plumps up your skin for a glowy, youthful appearance.

3. Mix up your cleanser

Switch up your cleanser. Cleansers with sulphates and parabens often strip your skin of the essential oils we all know and love. Reach for a cleanser with deep moisturising and hydrating properties. One of our favourites is the gorgeous AlumierMD HydraBoost Cream Cleanser. The HydraBoost is a gentle and intensely hydrating pH balanced cream cleanser for normal to dry skin. It delicately removes impurities, excess oil and makeup. Follow this up with a hydrating toner and night cream to lock in all that lovely moisture.
Alternative recommendations:
Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser • HydroPeptide’s Purifying Cleanser

You may start to see a recurring theme here…hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

4. The ultimate facial

The sad reality is that we all know too well how quickly our dewy summer glow can fade – especially when the cold weather zaps your skin of all its vital moisture. That’s why we love the HydraFacial and the BYONIK this time of year. The HydraFacial is designed to gently vacuum out your pores, whilst also deeply cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating the skin. It also contains deep-reaching serums to moisturise, brighten, plump, and protect using a pen-like device called a HydraPeel tip. Now does that not sound heavenly for your skin? Test this revolutionary facial out for yourself and let your skin do all the talking afterwards.

Our final go-to treatment is the The BYONIK. The Byonik is the UK’s first personalised laser treatment guided by your heartbeat. This incredible treatment uses a pulse-triggered-laser and low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid Gels to increase hydration, improve skin elasticity and reduce inflammation. A phenomenal treatment that delivers hydration like no other.

So what steps will you be taking this winter to protect your skin?