5 An­noy­ing win­ter skin is­sues, solved!

Here’s how to get ev­ery­thing smooth, glowy and back on track – fast.

Glamour (South Africa) - - News -

Get ev­ery­thing smooth, glowy and back on track

Cold-weather break­outs

THE CAUSE “At its most ba­sic level, acne is hor­monal,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Joshua Ze­ich­ner. And it can be trick­ier to treat in the win­ter since many typ­i­cal acne fighters like ben­zoyl per­ox­ide and sal­i­cylic acid are, by na­ture, very dry­ing, adds der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Jen­nifer Lee.

THE SO­LU­TION We’ve said it be­fore, and we’ll say it again. Moisturise! Break­out-prone skin needs it, too – be­cause overdry skin can get even more in­flamed. Swap your usual for­mu­las for lower-strength ver­sions around 2% when cold weather strikes. And don’t skip that cru­cial ap­pli­ca­tion of hy­drat­ing face cream or oil (yes, cer­tain oils work for oily types by bal­anc­ing skin), says Dr Lee. We like Ce­taphil Der­ma­con­trol Oil Control Mois­turiser (R201.98).

Red­ness or bro­ken cap­il­lar­ies

THE CAUSE Bro­ken cap­il­lar­ies are the sad sou­venir of skin dam­age from UV rays. “Once the tan fades, they’re what’s left,” says Dr Ze­ich­ner. And all-over red­ness can hap­pen when you ex­pe­ri­ence extreme and sud­den changes in tem­per­a­ture (com­mon in win­ter when it’s eight de­grees out­side and 24 de­grees in­side), or when you drink hot bev­er­ages or al­co­hol.

THE SO­LU­TION First, the bad news: “Once a cap­il­lary is bro­ken, there’s no home rem­edy to fix it. You need laser in a der­ma­tol­o­gist’s of­fice,” says Dr Lee. The good news: laser is quick. From about R460 for five pulses (you’d need a con­sul­ta­tion to de­ter­mine how much you need), it can get rid of spi­dery red lines. If gen­eral red­ness is your is­sue, look for for­mu­las with niaci­namide, liquorice, camomile or fever­few. TRY Eucerin An­tired­ness Con­ceal­ing Day Care Cream (R229.99).

Dull­ness

THE CAUSE “When the air is drier, skin can be drier. And you get that il­lu­sion of dull­ness when you have old, dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin,” says Dr Lee. They’re a sign you’re not ex­fo­li­at­ing well enough and that you might not be ad­e­quately hy­drated.

THE SO­LU­TION Ex­fo­li­a­tion is your best friend; an os­cil­lat­ing face brush in the shower or a twice-weekly chem­i­cal peel can loosen that build-up, says Dr Ze­ich­ner. Other im­por­tant tools to have in your night-time glow-boost­ing kit in­clude serums with vi­ta­min C, an an­tiox­i­dant that fades dis­coloura­tion or retinol, which spurs cell turnover. And re­mem­ber to moisturise af­ter­ward, says Dr Lee. Face masks of­ten do dou­ble duty, says Dr Ze­ich­ner, bright­en­ing and deeply hy­drat­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously. We love Glam­glow Flash­mud Bright­en­ing Treat­ment Mask (R850).

Flak­i­ness

THE CAUSE Dry heat blast­ing 24/7 is a pri­mary cul­prit, but so are the long, hot show­ers you might be tak­ing.

THE SO­LU­TION The first im­pulse is to scrub away all the rough­ness – “but pay at­ten­tion,” warns Dr Ze­ich­ner. “If you’re do­ing a lot of ex­fo­li­a­tion and your skin is re­ally parched and patchy, that’s a sign you may be dis­rupt­ing the skin’s pro­tec­tive mois­ture bar­rier.” In­stead of ex­fo­li­at­ing, try hy­drat­ing. First, he says, swap out reg­u­lar face washes for creamy and non-foam­ing cleansers or mi­cel­lar wa­ter. We love Dior Hy­dra Life Mi­cel­lar Wa­ter (R580). Look for mois­tur­is­ing creams and serums with col­loidal oat­meal, sweet al­mond oil or ce­ramides. Shower in luke­warm wa­ter, and ap­ply hy­dra­tor within five min­utes of ex­it­ing the shower. Only then can you go for a mild chem­i­cal ex­fo­liant, like one with lac­tic acid, says Dr Lee.

Puffi­ness

THE CAUSE Fluid re­ten­tion: what hap­pens when you’ve over­loaded on salty chips, sushi and canapés. Lack of sleep and drink­ing too much can also bring on that puffy feel­ing.

THE SO­LU­TION Your quick­est fix for un­der-eye bags is the old tea bag trick. Lightly dampen two green tea bags with cool wa­ter and place them un­der your eyes for 10 min­utes. “Caf­feine con­stricts blood ves­sels,” ex­plains Dr Ze­ich­ner. “Plus you get the added an­tiox­i­dants from the green tea.” And start chug­ging wa­ter like a marathoner, says Dr Lee. “Stay­ing well­hy­drated with plain wa­ter means you’ll uri­nate out ex­cess salt and bring down puffi­ness,” she ex­plains. At night, mas­sage in an eye cream with pep­tides, which help to im­prove firm­ness. TRY En­v­i­ron C-quence Eye Gel (R395). And if puffi­ness is a chronic ev­ery­morn­ing is­sue, el­e­vate your head with an ex­tra pil­low at night to help with drainage.

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