Winter is rough on the skin, but with a few tweaks to your beauty routine, and you can keep your skin happily hydrated. Editor Trudi Brewer shares how to treat your skin, starting now.
Editor Trudi Brewer shares here winter beauty solutions on TV3’s The Cafe.
Cold air holds less moisture, and our skin suffers as a result. When it's chilly outside, the first thing we do is crank up the heat. That heat makes the air in your house even drier, which for skin creates a vicious cycle of clogged pores, dehydration and breakouts.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72hr Auto Repair Hydrator Limited Flower Edition, $75.
This refreshing gel-cream is the ideal moisture boost your skin needs after a cold winter's day. The clever auto-replenishing technology a blend of aloe water, and hyaluronic acid acts as a moisture magnet for your face.
It may be tempting to take long, hot showers, but your skin will be much better served with a quick, lukewarm shower (or bath). Switch out soap for a nourishing, fragrance-free body wash, and make sure you hydrate your skin immediately after bathing. Start by spritzing on an alcohol-free hydrating mist in that steamy bathroom, your complexion will soak it up.
Swisse Rosewater Balancing Mist Toner, $15.
Switch from an alcohol-based toner to a calming, nourishing skin mist. We love the combination of rosewater and aloe vera that instantly soothes dry skin, while organic rosehip extract, vitamins C, and E.
Add a couple more products to your regimen, by layering on serums and lotions. Instead of reaching for an ultra-rich cream, in the same way, we dress in the winter, layers of lightweight skincare that soaks in quickly are the best way to nourish, and protect your complexion.
Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum, $85.
Packed with the goodness of Kanuka honey, this serum has potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-ageing benefits. Also, a copper tripeptide known as Cu-Pep, helps thus serum to absorb quickly, (rather than sitting on the surface of the skin). Finally, the hydrating ingredients drench your complexion with moisture to give that plumping, firming effect.
To avoid sensitivities, opt for gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and toning lotions. You can also prevent winter skin problems by using less soap overall.
Eau Thermal Avène Physiolift Serum, $70.
Ultra-hydrating, this serum has an instant firming and tightening effect on the skin. Then, over time, the ingredient combination of moisture-magnets and antioxidants work to plump out fine lines and keep your skin looking smooth and feeling calm.
Don't be fooled by the dark, dreary days in winter. UV rays are still floating about, and will permeate clouds to cause skin damage. Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 plus, every day.
Elizabeth Arden Great 8 Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 35, $46.
An eight-in -one moisturizer that works to protect and perfect the look of skin, as well as acting as an illuminating skin primer. Apply under or over makeup to protect against the usual suspects, including blue light from our smartphones. It also contains a broad spectrum SPF 35, (not 15 as I mentioned in the video above), it's ideal for everyday including when you're heading off for a tropical winter escape.
When the skin is feeling parched, cram your diet with good fats from food or supplements. These contain skin-loving omega-3, 6 and 9. However, nothing nourishes the skin like a lightweight antioxidant-rich cream that hydrates your skin from the outside, in and the best way to do this is while you sleep.
Shiseido White Lucent Overnight Cream & Mask, $129.
Rich, comforting, and delicious this gel-like cream and mask combination is so clever. The ReNeura technology, instinctively knows what your skin needs, offering anti-ageing benefits and a massive moisture boost while you sleep. For those with dehydrated skin, this overnight mask repairs the daytime damage, ensuring you to wake up looking fresh and illuminated.
Picture on our homepage, image from Shiseido.