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

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Sim­ple ways to keep your skin soft in win­ter

Go luke­warm

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.


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.

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