moisture and help to soothe any stinging or itchiness.
Try: Avène Eulage Extremely Gentle Cleanser, $ 32.95, and Avène Eulage Rich Cream, $ 63.95, 1800 678 302. Gaia Facial Exfoliant, $10.95, ( 03) 9703 1707. Ella Baché Energising Crème Masque, $ 65, 1800 789 234.
Extend your skincare
You will be wearing heavy clothing and fabrics at this time of year, so it’s natural that you might forget to nurture the skin below your décolletage, but remember that it can suffer just as much.
Choose your body cleanser carefully, exfoliate weekly and moisturise your whole body after every shower.
Swap your daily body lotion for oil, which seems to have better affinity with the skin, as it is close in structure to our naturally occurring sebum.
Try: Endota Spa Organic Olive & Macadamia Massage Oil, $ 28, www.endotadayspa.com.au (1).
If your skin doesn’t improve, visit a dermatologist to check that you don’t have eczema or dermatitis.
“Eczema and dermatitis are interchangeable terms for itchy, scaly and inflamed skin,” says Dr Greg Goodman, an associate professor at the Dermatology Institute of Victoria.
“There are many forms, most of which worsen in winter due to an upset barrier function. Anything that changes the lipid layer aggravates the problem.”
Then there is rosacea, which is usually a genetic condition. It can be triggered by both internal (emotional) and external (environmental) stress. It causes the cheeks, the skin across the nose and sometimes the neck and décolletage to redden and can even lead to permanent broken capillaries and acne rosacea, where pustule-like blemishes occur.
Establish your rosacea triggers and try to avoid them. They could be sleep deprivation, alcohol (in particular red wine), spicy foods or hot liquids.
Don’t steam your skin and never smoke. Keep out of the sun and use a good sunblock every day. Anti-redness creams will help too. Look for skincare that is calming, strengthening and healing, and that targets weakened blood vessels.
“Avoid any product that contains active ingredients such as acids or vitamin A,” Goodman says. “Azelaic acid, green tea and other antioxidants are ideal. Always use non-irritating cleansers and moisturisers and a water-based or light liquid sunscreen applied daily is essential.”
Goodman says you should make sure that any product you apply to your skin can be easily removed.
“You don’t want to apply anything that is too thick, that requires a lot of rubbing when cleansing,” he says.
Try: Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base, $ 36, 1800 556 948 ( 2).
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