If you’re like us you’ll love that the chill
gives you an excuse to cocoon yourself in a cosy winter wardrobe, but it isn’t
all about fluffy pink bunny slippers and snuggling up with hot cocoa.
Re-thinking your skin survival routine is
essential to beat the damaging effects of winter, particularly the low humidity
drying out your skin and snuffing out your natural glow.
Put our 10 skin-loving hacks to the test
this winter for healthy skin and to keep your sensitive bits like hands and
lips lush and protected.
up for lush lips
Like you layer your clothing
to take the winter edge off, your lips also
benefit from layering. A nourishing balm containing apricot oil, avocado oil,
shea butter or beeswax helps protect sensitive lips and keep them hydrated so
they don’t crack up.
Peek into your pantry
Your pantry or fridge may contain your natural
‘miracle in a jar’ to remedy irritated skin and provide nourishment in a pinch.
Virgin coconut oil is a hydrating emollient
(moisturiser), honey is soothing and anti-inflammatory, yoghurt is rich in
B-complex vitamins, is cleansing and healing, and oats have humectant properties
(lock in moisture).
That’s just a glimpse of their natural
benefits when applied to the skin, and a quick google will show off plenty of
skin care recipes with these ingredients.
Although you’re not a tinman, including carrier
oil in your skin care ritual can be beneficial, being rich in skin-loving
goodies like essential fatty acids and antioxidants (e.g. vitamin E).
Oil up with argan oil (for dry and mature
skin), avocado or apricot kernel oil (for itchy, inflamed and dry skin), coconut
oil (for eczema and sensitive skin), grapeseed and rosehip oil (for oily skin) and jojoba
oil or sweet almond oil (all skin types).
The trick is to find which carrier oil (or
carrier oil blend) is going to love your specific skin type, and you don’t have
to go nuts with the oil – massage a small portion into your palms then gently
apply to your face and neck daily.
It’s best to moisturise or oil up after
your shower when your skin is clean and slightly damp to seal in the hydrating
goodness your skin craves.
If you shower first thing in the morning
and are worried about glistening like a mermaid wrapped in aluminium foil all day,
instead do your moisturising routine after washing your face at night, just
before getting your shut-eye. This way your skin can rejuvenate as you
the hot shower/bath
Sorry guys and gals, but the hot shower and
bath that keeps you invigorated and toasty warm in the chill can be damaging to
your skin, doh! The hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving it
irritated and dry.
Opt for a lukewarm temperature and if you
must have a warmer bath, include hydrating oils such as coconut oil to create a
protective layer on your skin – just be wary of the slip factor when you hop
Grinded oats (using a coffee grinder, food processor, blender or whatever works for you) can also be added to your bath
water to soothe parched, itching skin.
but don’t overdo it
Exfoliating once a week during
winter can help free your skin of dehydrated, dead cells, encouraging younger,
living cells to take their place and allowing them to absorb your moisturiser to
their full capacity. If you’re a pro at multi-tasking, you can gently exfoliate
Be careful not to over-exfoliate as it can
buff away layers of healthy cells, hindering your skin’s ability to function as
a protective barrier.
Do apply a hydrating formula immediately after
exfoliating to lock in moisture.
the harsh soap for gentle skin cleanser
Soap can be damaging, particularly to moisture-deprived skin.
Reach for non-soap, gentle skin cleansers and know that nude is better!
By nude we mean products that are free of
fragrance and deodorants as these may irritate sensitive skin.
Rug up like a sasquatch with gloves, scarf
and beanie when braving the bitter chill. Not only will this keep you snug as a
bug in a rug, it’ll act as a winter armour for your body’s natural protective
barrier – your skin.
Bundling up will prevent the low humidity
in the colder months from leaching out essential moisture and will ward off
flaky, crocodile skin.
The sun’s hiding behind clouds and yet
you’ve still got to put on sunscreen. Your choice to wear sunscreen should not
be based on heat, but UV index. Even though the UV index might not reach summer
levels, the CancerCouncil
applying sunscreen when the UV is 3 or higher.
Cold winds wear down sunscreen and prevent
it from protecting you to its full effectiveness, so be sure to reapply every 2
are what you eat
You’ve only heard it a zillion times before
from your good ol’ granny, but you are what you eat! Your skin loves veggies
with a high-water content for hydration like carrots, celery, cucumber,
zucchini, tomatoes and low-sugar fruits like cranberries, blackberries,
blueberries, strawberries and kiwis.
Don’t be afraid to dip your strawberries in
high quality dark chocolate for an occasional treat or to cuddle up with green
tea for additional anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Boost your vitamin C with broccoli,
blueberries, oranges, strawberries, sweet potatoes and kale to support collagen
production for optimal skin elasticity or pop a fillet of salmon on your plate
– it’s rich in omega-3 fat (or seek vegetarian sources like walnuts, flaxseeds
and chia seeds) to strengthen your skin's function as a protective barrier to seal in
Please see a dermatologist if you have
consistent or severe skin problems to help keep you on track of your winter