OUR GUIDE TO WINTER SKINCARE
Winter is just around the corner and the change in season can be stressful on our skin, leaving it feeling dry and irritated. Here is our essential guide on how to keep skin glowing during the colder months:
Switch to a richer moisturiser: Just as you might switch to heavier clothing in the winter, using a thicker moisturiser will keep your skin healthy and prevent it from drying out. A balm is a great option for winter as they are intensely nourishing and perfect for hydrating skin in harsh weather conditions.
Avoid hot showers: While it may be tempting to turn up the heat in the shower in winter, doing so can strip the skin of natural oils, leaving it more susceptible to drying out and flaking.
Lather on the body lotion: We tend to forget about body lotions as we cover up in winter, however in doing so our skin can become easily irritated, itchy and dry. A rich lotion can prevent this and keep your body protected throughout the colder months. To lock in extra moisture, add a lotion straight after showering when your skin is still damp.
Look for active ingredients: Look for a moisturiser with natural, nourishing ingredients that help the skin retain moisture. Active Australian ingredients like Australian wattleseed oil, banksia seed oil, lilly pilly, kangaroo paw, rosella seed oil and flame tree extract contain potent antioxidants that can stimulate collagen production, and hydrate and nourish the skin.
Don’t forget to exfoliate: With colder and dryer weather comes inevitable dead skin cells. Letting them build-up will clog pores meaning new skin cells are obstructed. Exfoliating at least twice a week will help to replenish the skin, but keep in mind too much will dry it out and bring you back to square one.
Hydration is key: While we all know how important it is to stay hydrated, it can be especially difficult in the cooler months. Drinking plenty of fluids is one of the best things you can do to avoid dryness.
Avoid synthetic moisturisers: Synthetic moisturisers often contain chemicals like synthetic fragrance, parabens and phthalates that can irritate dry winter skin. Try a natural moisturiser made with gentle ingredients that is less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.
Don't forget your lips: While the skin on our body doesn’t cope well with seasonal changes, the skin on our lips is even more delicate and thin, making it more susceptible to cracking and drying. Applying a lip balm regularly will help to keep them soft and nourished.