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The key to winter-proofing your skin and prepping it for the colder months is to show it some TLC, write A Pair of Ones

Every season comes with its own set of challenges for our skin. In summer, it’s the heat and the sun’s intense UV rays that wreak havoc on the skin, while the dry air and colder weather in winter is to blame for de-hydrating our skin. So like we transition our wardrobes into winter, it only makes sense that our skincare also undergo a revamp as the temperature drops. In transitioning our skincare into winter emphasis is on rehydrating the skin.

The key to winter-proofing your skin and prepping it for the colder months is to show it some TLC leading up to the season. Being proactive and re-hauling your skincare regime and makeup bag now can have your skin fit for battle all winter long. While everyone’s skin is different and ultimately how you choose to alter your skincare and makeup routine depends on your skin type and preferences, there are 6 simple steps we follow to ensure our skin is hydrated throughout winter.

  1. Opt for thicker moisturiser

Summer or winter, moisturising is an essential step in a skincare routine and should never be skimped on. But during the colder months and transitioning into them, moisturising frequently is even more crucial with well-hydrated skin looking healthier and more resilient.

 

One thing to consider when it comes to your moisturiser is its consistency, or how thick it is. On a hot, humid day, the last thing you want to be doing is slathering a thick cream all over your face. So in the warmer months, we like many, tend to reach for light-weight moisturisers with a thinner consistency. While richer formulas with thicker consistencies can be heavy on the skin, they do have their benefits, best reaped when your skin is parched and desperate for extra hydration like in the wintertime. Denser formulas will provide a barrier to protect your skin from the elements and help retain moisture. So as you transition your skincare into winter, swapping out your light-weight moisturisers for rich creams with thicker consistencies will offer your skin the extra hydration needs. Some don’t enjoy the feeling of richer moisturisers on the skin, so if that’s you, stick to using them at night only and continue with a light-weight formula for the day time.

  1. Add a serum

While thicker consistencies may work for us and others with dry skin in the wintertime, it definitely isn’t for everyone. Some people just don’t like the feeling of heavy moisturisers on their skin, particularly those with oily skin. If this is the case, then consider adding a serum to your skincare line-up. Serums are worn under your moisturiser and work to hydrate the skin and allow any products layered on top, such as your moisturiser to absorb more effectively. They’re also by nature light-weight, meaning they absorb quickly into the skin and will not leave your face feeling greasy. This makes the addition of a serum a good alternative for those with oily skin who are still after a hydration boost, but afraid that a rich cream will suffocate their face with more grease. With that being said, serums are also an excellent adjunct to the transitional skincare regime of other skin types. First and foremost, serums deliver hydration. But the added benefit of using a serum is that they contain concentrated active ingredients designed to address specific skin concerns from acne to wrinkles, pigmentation and large pores, making them valuable additions to any skincare regime.

Our tip, when picking up a serum for winter, do a little research beforehand and look for one with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.

  1. Exfoliate weekly

Scrubbing your skin is probably the last thing you’d think of doing in the colder months, but sloughing away dead cells is essential in prepping your skin for winter. Exfoliating will help to de-clog pores and remove dead skin cells for brighter, smoother skin. As well as brightening, exfoliating allows your moisturiser and serum to penetrate and absorb into the skin more effectively. For a gentle exfoliator, opt for a sugar scrub which is more hydrating than a salt scrub thanks to its humectant properties.

  1. Ditch powder-based makeup for cream products

The warmer months see people chasing a dewy glow with cream products and hydrating formulas, but as soon as the mercury drops, they get relegated to the bottom of our makeup drawers in favour of powder-based products. Matte seems to be the finish of choice in winter. We don’t know where this trend sprouted from, but it might be one thing preventing you from achieving that healthy lit-from-within-glow this season. The problem with powder products is they naturally absorb moisture which is great if you struggle with oily skin, however, it’s not ideal if you have dry skin and want to retain hydration. Using cream products like a cream blush on your cheeks or hydrating liquid formulas like a tinted moisturiser or foundation will give your skin that added moisturise. If you have oily skin and find that powder is still necessary as the temperature drops, then apply with a light hand. Spot setting’ as we like to call it where you apply powder to specific areas of concern such as the t zone rather than all over the entire face will also allow some of the skin’s natural oils to come through.  

  1. Add a facial oil

The idea of facial oils scares many people, but it’s a product that can seriously change your skin. Just like moisturisers with thicker consistencies, facial oils may not be for everyone. While those with dry skin will benefit most from facial oils, those with combination to oily skin will also see differences. Contrary to popular belief, facial oils won’t leave your skin oilier. They mimic the sebum process that naturally occurs, making it a handy addition for all skin types. Oils are more effective at delivering hydration than your regular moisturisers as they penetrate deeper into the skin and trap in moisture. In the scheme of things, facial oils should be the last step in your skincare routine. Water-based products like moisturisers cannot penetrate oil, so always apply your facial oils after your moisturiser and treatments if you choose to use any.

  1. Incorporate a facial mist

The fall in humidity during the cooler months can lead to lower levels of moisture in the air, a culprit for the dehydrated skin many of us experience during this time of the year. Heaters also play a part in drying out the air, leaving your skin feeling dehydrated and tight throughout the day. Facial mists are the perfect solution, offering immediate on the go hydration with just one spray. Having a bottle of facial mist on hand on your work desk is great when your skin needs a quick pick me up during the day. A spritz of facial mist at the start of your skincare routine can also enhance your serum and moisturisers absorption into the skin, hence providing extra hydration. Incorporating a mist into your makeup routine can also help to seal in extra moisture. You can mist before applying your foundation or use it to wet your base applicator of choice, for example beauty sponge or brush, or both! Layering the mist like this and sandwiching it between products will lock in moisture for a dewier, plump complexion.

While you may not have been one to start your assignments early at school, re-thinking your skincare and starting on preventative steps now will give you a head start when winter comes around. Altering your skincare and makeup routine early on with a focus on hydration will hopefully minimise the toll the drop in temperature will have on your skin.

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