How to look after your skin this winter

 By Celina Mahoney

 From rain, to hail and wind, winter conditions can be tough on all skin types. So we have compiled a list of tips and products to help you prevent those winter skin blues!

  1. Switch up the moisturiser

There’s no denying your skin changes with the season, so make sure your skincare routine does too! The cold can be very drying, so it’s important it gets the necessary nourishment and hydration in the colder months. We recommend switching to a slightly more intense moisturiser. Or, if you’re happy with the one you have, add a booster underneath such as a hydrating serum for some extra oomph!

Try: Clinique Moisture Surge Gel ($60 from Mecca)

  1. Add an oil

Facial oils can be a saviour for many skin types, including oily and combination! While it may seem like a strange concept, it can actually help reduce the amount of oil your skin produces naturally, while still sinking in to nourish deeply. There are many different options now, including rosehip and jojoba, so it’s just a matter of finding the one that’s right for you skin. If you do like to wear quite a bit of makeup during the day, sometimes oils can reduce staying power, so if this is an issue for you, we suggest massaging in the oil of your choice at night. We guarantee you’ll wake up with smoother, softer and plumper skin in the morning- a perfect canvas for makeup!

Try: Sukin Rosehip Oil ($19.99 from Priceline)

  1. Pick up a hydrating mist

If you work indoors, you probably already know commercial heating can be super drying to the skin! That’s why we suggest having a moisture booster on hand as a lunchtime pick-me-up! Hydrating mist toners can be easily spritzed on the skin, under or over makeup, and will add moisture back into skin and make it feel fresh! They can also be used on cleansed skin in the morning to help moisturiser absorb better, or after applying powders onto the face to help them melt in and last longer. A true multi-purpose product!

Try: Mario Badescu Facial Spray ($17 from Mecca)

  1. Exfoliate

Although exfoliating your skin when it already feels a little tight or dry might seem daunting, it is a very important step in encouraging cell turnover. One of the biggest causes of dry, dehydrated skin, is the build up of dead cells, so using an exfoliating product, such as a cream or brush, once or twice per week will really brighten your complexion. Follow up with your favourite moisturiser and watch your skin glow!

Try: The Body Shop Vitamin C Polish ($26)

  1. Keep it warm

While having a super hot shower on those freezing winter mornings can be tempting, this can actually be really drying to the skin!  Rather than having a scalding hot shower, keep it more on the warm side. The steam will help open up your pores, so take an extra minute or two to enjoy it! When you get out, be sure to follow up with your skincare routine right away as this is when it will absorb best and give you the greatest benefits.

  1. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen

We know its tempting to put the sunscreen in the pack of the cupboard over the colder months, when it feels like you haven’t seen a ray of sunshine in weeks, but this is never wise! You probably already know that the sun is extra harmful in Australia and can damage your skin, even on cloudy days- and this is still true in winter! You may not need an SPF50 on a daily basis, like you would in summer, but picking up a moisturiser with built in sun protection will help protect your skin and prevent premature aging.

Try: Neutrogena SPF15 Oil-Free Moisturiser ($13.99)

  1. Treat yourself to a facial

Winter is on the best times to get your skin sorted a professional! Not only are the conditions, such as wind and cold, harsher on your skin, being indoors with heating can also increase congestion in your pores. This combination is likely to leave your skin feeling pretty dull, tired and blemished. Visiting a dermatologist can help sort this out and recommend exactly what your skin needs. Another benefit is that facials can leave your skin very sensitive to sunlight, which makes winter the perfect time to give it a go. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be wrapped in warm towels and pampered on a rainy, wintery day?

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