Has your skin re­cently de­vel­oped an un­quench­able thirst? Hot show­ers, heat­ing and hi­ber­nat­ing in­doors can all cause de­hy­dra­tion, dry­ness and sen­si­tiv­ity. Lucy Slight dis­cov­ers how to beat those win­ter skin blues.

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How to beat the win­ter beauty blues

There’s noth­ing quite like a long hot bath or an elec­tric blan­ket-heated bed when the chilly tem­per­a­tures hit. And cosy­ing up with a glass of red next to a roar­ing fire truly is one of the most lux­u­ri­ous things about win­ter. But these in­dul­gent rit­u­als can wreak havoc on our skin. The cooler weather causes skin to nat­u­rally suf­fer from dry­ness and de­hy­dra­tion. And adding ex­tra heat to our bod­ies can com­pro­mise the skin’s pro­tec­tive bar­rier, lead­ing to dry­ness, break­outs and in­creased vul­ner­a­bil­ity to UV ex­po­sure. The good news is that by chang­ing up your skin­care reg­i­men be­tween sea­sons you can crank up that heater and keep your com­plex­ion in top con­di­tion. We asked some of the coun­try’s best beauty minds to share their skin­sav­ing se­crets.

Mois­ture mas­ter

The skin’s out­er­most layer acts as its pro­tec­tive bar­rier, en­sur­ing wa­ter and nu­tri­ents don’t evap­o­rate and other ir­ri­tants can’t en­ter the body. You’ll know you’ve got a healthy bar­rier func­tion if your skin feels soft and looks plump and hy­drated. If it’s com­pro­mised, your skin will look and feel dry, ap­pear dull, and you might find you be­come more sen­si­tive to cer­tain prod­ucts.

“The big­gest chal­lenge skin faces in win­ter is stay­ing hy­drated,” says Trilogy’s in-house beauty ex­pert, Corinne Mor­ley. “Lovely as it may be to step in from the cold and head straight for the heater to warm up, it’s best to avoid sud­den changes in tem­per­a­ture as this is the main cause of skin de­hy­dra­tion dur­ing this sea­son.” Mor­ley rec­om­mends switch­ing to a richer mois­turiser in win­ter or adding a nat­u­ral beauty oil to your skin­care reg­i­men; this will help pro­vide es­sen­tial fatty acids for boost­ing lipid loss, par­tic­u­larly in age­ing skin. If heavy-weight mois­turis­ers have led to skin con­ges­tion in the past, try lay­er­ing tar­geted treat­ment prod­ucts such as a hy­drat­ing toner and serum un­der­neath your reg­u­lar mois­turiser in­stead. Per­fectly clean

Us­ing prod­ucts that strip rather than hy­drate the skin (such as many foam­ing cleansers) can lead to a more al­ka­line skin pH level in win­ter. In cold weather the skin nat­u­rally pro­duces less se­bum (oil) and sweat – both of which help to make up your pro­tec­tive bar­rier – which leaves skin more vul­ner­a­ble to ir­ri­ta­tion and path­o­genic bac­te­ria. Sara Quilter, founder of Tai­lor Skin­care, says us­ing a gen­tler cream cleanser or oil cleanser can help keep skin at its op­ti­mum pH level, as they won’t strip away the nat­u­ral oils. “But if you can’t part with your foam­ing cleanser, you may like to in­clude a toner in your skin­care to as­sist the skin back to its bal­anced acid­ity level of around 5.5,” she says. This will also help to keep those bad bac­te­ria at bay and re­duce break­outs.

Sun seeker

With a com­pro­mised skin bar­rier it’s even more im­por­tant to min­imise UV ex­po­sure, with UVA rays be­ing the num­ber one cause of pre­ma­ture age­ing. They pen­e­trate the skin’s up­per layer and cause dam­age at a deeper level, lead­ing to fine lines, wrin­kles, pig­men­ta­tion and skin can­cer. “Not wear­ing daily sun­screen all year round can have dire con­se­quences,” says El­iz­a­beth Ar­den bou­tique man­ager Lidean Eras­mus. “UVA rays aren’t af­fected by a change in al­ti­tude or weather. They’re present all day and ev­ery day of the year.” Choose a light­weight, broad spec­trum sun­screen as the first step in your morn­ing skin­care reg­i­men af­ter cleans­ing.

1 2 3 Swap your light mois­turiser for a rich cream or add nat­u­ral beauty oils for an ex­tra hy­dra­tion boost. 1. Plan­tae Rose Hip Fruit & Seed Serum, $45. 2. Pure Fiji Anti-Aging Dilo Booster Oil, $65 3. Ul­traceu­ti­cals Ul­tra Rich Mois­turiser Cream, $112.

1 2 Switch to bath oil or oil-based body wash when show­er­ing to help lock in mois­ture rather than strip­ping skin with a foam­ing prod­uct. 1. Lush Float­ing Is­land Solid Bath Oil, $6. 2. L’Oc­c­i­tane Shea Shower Oil, $45.

2 Nour­ish skin with a hy­drat­ing mask to help pro­tect against mois­ture loss and give you back your glow. 1. Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair Con­cen­trated Re­cov­ery Pow­erFoil Mask, $80 (pack of 4). 2. Lancôme Én­ergie de Vie The Overnight Re­cov­ery...


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