Beauty: feed your thirsty skin
Say goodbye to dry skin with these facial moisturisers, DIY facemasks and top tips
YOU’LL be hard-pressed to find anyone saying the first thing they notice about you is your skin. It’s usually eyes that make an impact, lips that attract attention, or hair that draws admiration and envy in equal measure. But if your skin is dry and dull, it has a huge effect on how you look, adding years to your appearance no matter your age.
It’s not just the absence of a dewy glow that makes a difference. Dry skin looks and feels rough and your make-up won’t apply well.
In winter many of us are prone to dry skin, even if we don’t get it during rest of the year. But you can sport seriously glowing, hydrated skin this season by following the right beauty regimen. The key is to find products that work for you – and to be consistent about how you apply them.
There are plenty of tips and tricks that won’t bust your budget. We’ll show you how.
Start with regular cleansing – it removes dirt, gets rid of dead skin cells and unclogs pores. If you don’t get this stage right, it will have a knock-on effect because the other products won’t work as well as they should. Winter weather can have a harsh effect on your skin, so opt for a facewash and exfoliator that are gentle, soap-free or moisturising. Quick tip Use a facial sponge or cleansing brush with your facewash for deep cleansing.
Look for a moisturiser that says “added moisture” or “highly moisturising”. You can apply a serum after cleansing but always follow it with a moisturiser.
Moisturisers can perform more than one task – they brighten and rejuvenate and have anti-ageing properties. You can use the same moisturiser during the day and at night or, if you can afford to, get yourself a night cream. Splurge on this if you have very dry skin.
Apply a hydrating mask after exfoliating or after a deep cleanse once a week.
Fast fact Yes it’s winter, but you still need to apply sunscreen daily – even if your moisturiser and make-up have an SPF.
STEP BY STEP
1 Wet your face with water before you apply your facewash.
2 Place a small amount of facewash on your fingertips, rub your hands together, then gently rub facewash onto your face.
3 Rub your facewash in circular motions all over your face for about a minute.
4 Rinse with warm (not hot) water then reapply facewash (depending on how dirty your skin is) and repeat the second step. Or you can now apply an exfoliator and rub it in as you did your facewash in the third step.
5 If you’re using a cleansing facial brush, you won’t need to use an exfoliator. Don’t use the brush with an exfoliator, or one after the other on the same day – it would be too harsh on your skin.
6 Wet your cleansing facial brush, apply a small amount of facewash and gently move the brush in circular motions all over your face, avoiding the eye area.
7 Rinse your face with warm water once done, then pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
8 Immediately after, apply serum or moisturiser using your fingertips. 9 Rub your moisturiser in well. 10 Apply sunscreen then make-up as desired.