CREAM OF THE CROP

Cool weather de­mands rich creams, oils and balms to keep skin sup­ple and hy­drated. Elise Wil­son presents her top picks.

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– win­ter skin saviours to keep you hy­drated as the tem­per­a­ture drops

Now that sum­mer is of­fi­cially over, you’ll have switched your wardrobe from light lay­ers to snug jumpers and coats. But what about your skin­care? Skin needs ex­tra pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments, too. “Our skin gets dry in win­ter be­cause we have a drop in the hu­mid­ity in the air,” says Dr Dendy En­gel­man, con­sult­ing der­ma­tol­o­gist for El­iz­a­beth Ar­den. In cooler con­di­tions, she ex­plains, skin is less able to pro­tect it­self. “We have to add mois­ture ex­ter­nally with good emol­lients and oils year-round, but most specif­i­cally dur­ing the drier win­ter months.” To counter the de­hy­drat­ing ef­fects of harsh weather out­side and in­door heat­ing, Dr En­gel­man rec­om­mends swap­ping ex­fo­li­at­ing or foam­ing cleansers, which can ir­ri­tate sen­si­tised skin in win­ter, for gen­tle, mois­tur­is­ing for­mu­la­tions. “I love oil cleansers,” she says. “They do a great job at re­mov­ing dirt, oil and make-up from the skin, but don’t over-strip it.” Tack­ling dry skin on el­bows, knees and feet also re­quires more in­tense for­mu­la­tions. “The rule of thumb is that lo­tions are less hy­drat­ing than creams, which are less hy­drat­ing than oint­ments. The thicker the for­mu­la­tion the more humec­tant there is in it, so it will hy­drate the skin more,” she says. Body scrubs work won­ders at home to keep skin sup­ple by slough­ing away dead cells – but a visit to a fa­cial­ist is a must if you want to get the most out of your win­ter skin­care rou­tine, says Taryn John­stone, na­tional train­ing man­ager for Caci. “A chem­i­cal ex­fo­lia­tor, such as gly­colic acid, helps to dis­solve the se­bum that holds dead skin cells to­gether,” she ex­plains. “Gen­tly re­mov­ing this outer layer al­lows your serums and mois­turis­ers to work at a deeper level for in­creased hy­dra­tion and health­ier skin.”

BEAUTY TIP:

“To re­ally drive prod­uct

into the skin on your

face, ap­ply creams

and oils in an up­ward

and out­ward mo­tion

from the nose,” says

Dr Dendy En­gel­man.

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