Winter skin SOS

Winter skin SOS

As the chilly winds of winter sweep across Australia, our skin often bears the brunt. Dryness, flakiness, and that tight, uncomfortable feeling become all too familiar. Fear not, because with the right care and a few expert tips, you can keep your skin hydrated and glowing throughout the colder months. Here are some top tips and product recommendations to help you banish winter dryness.

1. Hydrate from Within

The foundation of healthy winter skin starts from within. Ensure you're drinking plenty of water and consuming a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help maintain the skin's lipid barrier. Foods like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds are excellent choices.

2. Gentle Cleansing

Harsh cleansers can strip your skin of its natural oils. Opt for a gentle, hydrating cleanser like the Go-To Properly Clean Cleanser. This Australian favourite is formulated with willow bark extract and is perfect for keeping skin clean without causing dryness.

3. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, allowing your moisturisers to penetrate more deeply. Use a gentle exfoliant like Frank Body Original Face Scrub, which is enriched with coffee and natural oils, ensuring your skin is smooth and soft.

4. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

The key to combating winter dryness is a rich, hydrating moisturiser. Look for products with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin. Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm is a versatile product perfect for keeping lips and dry patches moisturised. For overall facial hydration, try the Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream, which offers deep nourishment with ingredients like rosehip oil and shea butter.

5. Don’t Forget SPF

Even in winter, UV rays can damage your skin. Use a daily moisturiser with SPF. Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 provides hydration and broad-spectrum sun protection, making it a winter skincare essential.

6. Overnight Treatments

Give your skin an extra boost with an overnight treatment. Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque is a luxurious option that deeply hydrates and revitalises your skin while you sleep.

7. Humidify Your Home

Indoor heating can sap moisture from the air, exacerbating dry skin. Using a humidifier helps maintain a healthy level of humidity in your home, keeping your skin hydrated.

8. Targeted Treatments

For areas that are particularly dry or cracked, such as hands and elbows, use a targeted treatment. Bondi Sands Body Moisturiser is a deeply hydrating option that provides long-lasting moisture.

9. Avoid Hot Showers

While a hot shower might feel great on a cold day, it can strip your skin of essential oils. Opt for lukewarm water and limit your shower time to avoid drying out your skin.

10. Hydrating Masks

Incorporate hydrating masks into your routine. The Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Pore fining Face Mask not only detoxifies but also hydrates, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and nourished.


Photo: Andrey Zvyagintsev

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