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Putting on the GLITZ

Does your winter skin need some help to get party ready? Here’s how to give your complexion the TLC it needs to sparkle

GLITTERING FROSTS, cosy nights in by the fire and comfort food are probably the best things about this time of year, but they’re also responsible for that seasonal dull, parched skin and hair. How cruel, then, that this is just the time we want to be at our glossy best.

Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting explains why our environment presents such a challenge at this time of year. ‘It’s the dryness of both the cold air outside and the centrally heated air indoors,’ she says. ‘This causes the skin’s moisture to evaporate.

We need sufficient water in the stratum corneum, or outer layer of the skin, for it to function as an efficient barrier. Without a healthy barrier, skin will leak even more water and become dryer, more inflamed and irritated.’

Not only that, says Rabbia Aslam, beauty therapist and clinical director of HC MedSpa, but ‘Our skin’s cellular turnover slows down, which can leave skin looking dull and flaky.’

No wonder a telltale grey pallor that reveals every flaw stares back at us from the mirror. Not to mention hair that suddenly becomes uncontrollably frizzy and flyaway as the cold air causes it to lose its moisture.

We asked the experts for their tips on how to beat the cold weather beauty blues, so you can throw off your winter layers with confidence and sparkle through the party season.

PROBLEM: WINTER PALLOR

ONE STUDY in the US for a cosmetics company found 82% of women had dark circles and puffy eyes in winter (as opposed to 38% in summer) – results that were linked with a lack of vitamin D. ‘We know vitamin D is vital for healthy bones because of its effect on calcium metabolism. But the skin uses calcium, too, in order to grow new cells,’ explains dermatologist Dr Tina Orasmae-Meder. ‘Vitamin D from the sun triggers production of collagen and elastin to keep skin thick and bouncy. My patients who have low vitamin D often have skin that is thin, dry and pale.’

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A healthier Christmas all wrapped up in this festive issue. Lower stress with our expert guide that helps you relax and take holiday pressure in your stride. Food wise, all the classics, from turkey to trifle, have been made healthier, plus tips for feeding veggie or gluten-free guests. And, of course, there’s chocolate! HFG nutritionists reveal the healthiest treats. Plus, ways to beat colds and flu, and get better faster.
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