Bye-bye dry skin
Winter isn’t fun for skin. The cold weather and low humidity levels rob it of moisture morning, noon and night. So what can you do about it? Here are simple ways to help keep your skin soft and lovely – top to toe
Simple ways to keep your skin soft in winter
Hot showers and baths feel in winter, but go easy. Hot water strips natural oils from your skin. Whenever possible, particularly when washing your hands and face, turn the taps to lukewarm.
Scarves and gloves shield your skin, but don’t forget sunscreen. Winter sun can be as harmful as summer’s rays. Use a product with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are physical sunscreens, on exposed areas. Try Sheer Defence Facial Moisturiser SPF50, $34, Invisible Zinc.
AVOID HARSH CLEANSERS
Foaming cleansers are often drying and leave the skin dehydrated – the last thing it needs at this time of year. If your skin feels tight after cleansing it’s definitely time to switch to a gentler, hydrating face cleanser. Try Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser, $62, Ultraceuticals.
Feed your face
Boost the health and vitality of your skin with natural plant oils, either used alone or layered with your day and night creams. This organic blend has nurturing and hydrating antioxidants and vitamins which will help to soothe, restore and nourish your skin. Try Best Skin Nourishing Face Oil, $48, Ipsum Skin.
Pamper post shower
When your skin is still damp after a bath or shower it’s most receptive to products and will quickly absorb a body cream or oil. After bathing is the perfect time to apply a body treatment to enjoy softer, smoother skin. Try Oil-infused Moisturiser – Skin Firming, $11.99, Jergens.
Drink lots of water
Hot drinks are very appealing in winter, but don’t forget the importance of H2O. Remember to drink water, and if it’s heat you’re after, try a mug of hot water with lemon for a refreshing and hydrating change.