A change of season means you’ll need to switch up your skincare products. If you haven’t done so and your skin is feeling the drying effects of the cold front, read on.
We asked, Fiona Tuck, Skin and Nutrition Expert, MD Skinstitut for her top tips for keeping skin hydrated.
Colder weather can zap the moisture from your skin, taking away from your usual summer dewy glow. If you find that your skin is looking dull in the winter months, use a gentle cleanser that is rich in ingredients. Doing so will revitalise skin whilst restoring moisture to it. “Try to moisturise right when you come out of the shower. Applying moisturiser while your skin is still damp allows for your skin to absorb maximum moisture”, says Fiona Tuck.
Hydration comes from the inside out, drinking sufficient amount of water is not only good for your health but also for your skin. “Staying hydrated is especially important in the colder months because we naturally tend to do things that may dehydrate the skin such as drinking more dehydrating hot cups of tea and coffee. We also tend to have the heating on high to keep us warm.”
Tip: Use a hydrating mask once to twice a week is a great way to give the skin an intensive boost of moisture.
Our Pick: Skinstitut Hydration Mask, leave on for 10-15 minutes
Don’t Neglect Your SPF
You may be wearing more layers but the unforgiving Aussie sun can be just as harmful to the skin during winter months. We know that the sun is the quickest way to age your skin. It may not feel like it but UVA ageing rays are strong all year round. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30+ on your face and neck. If your skin is especially dry, mix in a little bit of rose hip oil with your moisturiser. Wait 1-2 minutes and then apply sunscreen.
Keep Hot Baths and Showers Short
After a cold day, the first thing you want to do to keep warm is to take a hot bath or shower. It may give you instant satisfaction but doing so can be damaging for the skin. “Use warm water for bathing and try adding a couple of drops of relaxing and calming essential oils such as camomile or lavender for an aromatherapy soak. Always rug up if you are out in cold winds and give your skin extra nourishment by using a protective oil to prevent moisture loss from the skin. Eat and drink well to keep your system in order, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are good for calming the skin and will reinforce the protective barrier function of the skin keeping it soft and hydrated whilst Rooibos, white and green teas are warming and antioxidant rich, helping to keep the winter bugs at bay. Including flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon and also high quality protein in your diet will help to increase natural oils in your skin and hair”, suggests Fiona Tuck.
Our Pick: Multi Active Treatment Oil. A unique, skilfully crafted blend of macadamia, avocado, jojoba and pomegranate oils with revitalising Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin E.