We’re all feeling a little tired, but is your skin low on energy too? Celebrity facialist Lisa Harris shares five ways to brighten and energise dull skin…
As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, it’s easy to see why we’re feeling a little zapped of energy on the inside. But is our skin needing a little boost of energy too?
Why does my skin look so dull during winter?
Just like our bodies can lack energy at this time of year, our skin can too. Winter can be hard on the skin. Cold temperatures and low humidity levels result in dry air that draws moisture away from the skin.
Wind outside and central heating inside can also exacerbate the problem, resulting in a difficult time for skin. It’s no surprise that many people experience flare ups of skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, during winter.
These environmental factors drain our skin of its natural energy and glow. It’s also not helped by the fact that people are typically consuming more caffeinated hot drinks and alcohol, all of which dehydrate the skin and manifest in grey, dull, dry skin.
If it’s showing on your face (think: fine lines, dark circles and puffiness,) there are some easy fixes that can have a visible impact. We roped in celebrity facialist Lisa Harris to share her top five tips to help you brighten your skin and get your glow back this winter…
5 ways to brighten dull skin
1. Get outdoors: vitamin D energises dull skin
‘You can see (safe) sun exposure as your free dose of vitamin D. Feeling sunlight on your arms, hands and face for just 10-15 minutes a day in the UK can boost your mood and energy levels through the release of endorphins.
‘As well as perking up your skin, it will also wake up your mind as the sun reduces the level of melatonin (AKA the sleepy hormone) in your body, giving you energy, inside and out.’
2. Detoxify your tissues with face yoga
‘Just 60 seconds of a DIY face massage can make your skin look more alive. Using a creamy cleanser or moisturiser, make small circles with your fingertips – this will boost your circulation, bring oxygen to your cells and give you an instant glow.
‘If you’ve been a little congested, face yoga can help to remove any toxins from your tissue, helping you feel better too. You can supercharge your face yoga routine with our 3D signature facial, which relies on HIFU to restore skin vitality and improve skin health and luminosity.’
3. Put down the needle
‘While it’s often easy to think that Botox and Fillers are the answer, there’s a safe, non-invasive alternative to Botox & Fillers helping you to achieve healthier, younger looking skin with long lasting results.
‘Radio Frequency and Ultrasound waves from treatments like Collagen Wave heat up the skin, encouraging your fibroblasts to produce new Collagen & Elastin – something we all need if we’re looking a little tired during the winter months.’
4. Get more sleep to brighten skin
It may sound simple but Lisa Harris reiterates the importance. ‘Sleep is a natural reset button for our brain and body, which is even more required these days because of increased work pressure and stress.
‘Our face is the index of the mind and so naturally a skipped sleep is easily identifiable on our face.’
5. Brighten your skin from the inside out
‘Of course our health and our skin are intrinsically linked. If we’re consuming healthy, nutritious foods rich in vitamins, minerals and fibres, this will show instantly on our face.
‘If you’re going to cut anything out of your diet, cut out processed foods. Processed foods, and with it salt and sugar affect microbial diversity in the gut immensely. This is translated on our faces as premature ageing.’