Well fall or autumn as we call it here in Australia is almost over and winter is just around the corner. We have been blessed with gorgeous weather this season and although the sun comes out a little we all know that it’s just a tease..in today’s post I want to address how you can easily switch up your skincare routine for the cooler months ahead. I am not going to tell you to throw out your current skincare routine out the window and go spend a fortune on new products – so don’t stress! I’m going to keep it really simple and touch on the essentials to keep that glow going all year round..
With the cooler temperatures outdoors and the heaters on indoors our skin is more prone to dehydration and dryness. Dry skin can range from flakiness, irritation, redness and even lead to cracking if left untreated..so we definitely want to avoid this and keep our skin supple and plump all year around. The best way to achieve this in winter is by amping up that moisturiser sister! I would recommend going for a creamier, thicker moisturiser and look our for ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid can carry up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an incredible agent for helping your skin retain moisture – basically locks it all in and that is exactly what we want. A few products that I’ve incorporated into my winter skincare routine is:
Pericone MD Face Finishing Moisturiser – I use this at night and my skin is responding very well to it. It’s super creamy and feels velvety on the skin which is perfect for winter. (I will most likely do a full product review when I complete the whole jar so watch this space!)
Another great one that I’ve tried recently is the Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion (he has some aaaa-mazing products in his skincare line). Although this is very effective in hydrating the skin, the only downside is that it doesn’t contain SPF. This means you would still need to wear sunscreen if you want to use this as a day moisturiser (YES you still need sun protection in winter!!).
2. Incorporate a serum or a hydration booster
A serum is a good option underneath moisturiser as they work synergistically to improve skin hydration. Oil based serums and products are probably better for winter – and don’t be alarmed when I say apply oil to your face! If anything, the skin generally compensates for dryness by up-regulating oil production. This can often lead to breakouts and is also the case when we use very harsh products like alcohol based toners that strip away all the natural oils off our skin.
Good old coconut oil is great for your body and hair, but if you have sensitive skin or you’re prone to breakouts, opt for a noncomedogenic oil like argan oil. And if you’re still a little nervous to put oil straight on your skin, mix it with your usual body or face moisturizer.
A product that I love and use in combination with the Dr Dennis Moisture Cushion that I mentioned above is the Dr Dennis Gross Hydration Booster. It also works like magic under your foundation or tinted moisturiser. Another great option is also the Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk – beautifully packaged and literally looks and feels like milk – you’re skin will love you for it.
Exfoliating is important as it gets rid of the dead skin cells sitting on your the surface of your skin and increases cell turnover. This reveals fresh new skin and keeps that glow going. However, be careful not to over do it as this will only aggravate your skin and cause redness. I would recommend exfoliating with a mild product once or twice weekly. Look our for ingredients that contain alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, salicylic and gylcolic acid as these have proven benefits for your skin. I’m still on the hunt for a really good exfoliant so please let me know what your current favourites are.
4. Invest in a soothing face mist
Face mists aren’t just something you fancily spritz on your face from time to time. They are pretty awesome all-year round but can be super useful in the winter months as they replace lost moisture. Yes, if you had a secret camera in my house you will find me spraying my favourite mist all over my face multiple times a day. You can even make your own by mixing some coconut water and green tea in a spray bottle – genius, don’t you think.
If you’ve been following me on instagram you already know what my favourite face mist is none other than the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe & Rosewater…love love love this product. I have one in my handbag at all times!!
5. Don’t forget the hands & lips
I find that my hands get particularly dry and my lips get chapped more often in the cooler months. Constant washing of hands, dry and cold weather, over-using hot water can all lead to this. If you suffer from very dry hands I would highly recommend the Norwegian Formula Hand Cream by Neutrogena. This is most often recommended by dermatologists and I used to come across this in the pharmacy a lot for people suffering from severely dry hands. Otherwise, any regular hand cream that is not overly fragranced will do the job. I’m currently using the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and not minding it at all. In regards to lip treatments I’m a fan of Mario Badescu Lip Wax (yes another Mario product and no he is not my sponsor) or good old Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.
So, there you have it. Your essential 5-step guide to amp up your skincare routine for the cooler months ahead. Follow it — and follow it religiously — and you should get through the winter with glowing, moisturized skin. I promise.
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Otherwise stay warm, B