Winter is all fun and games until your skin literally starts cracking and flaking off like it’s no one’s business. Cute huh.
Your legs are scaly and spiky like a fish that’s been on land for too long, drying out in the sun. Your face is sporting fine lines (which stem from dehydration) that you didn’t know you had and no amount of makeup can fix the sitch as it just exacerbates the bastards. Your lips feel like you’ve been in a desert, your split ends are next level and your knuckles on your hands hurt because the skin is so dry… welcome to an Australian winter y’all!
Part of the problem is that the best parts about winter actually traumatise your skin further, which you know, is just swell. Think toasty fires, warm offices with the AC on and steamy long showers; yup, they’re all making your skin dry AF.
Now, rather than going and purchasing all of the products that promise healthy skin, I have listed below the best saviours for your skin sins below as I am pretty sure I’ve tried every dang thing on the market.
You know how you sometimes notice how good someone’s ‘body skin’ is? Like, not the face skin, but a really smooth back or soft looking cleavage (cos’ THAT doesn’t sound creepy). Please tell me I’m not alone in thinking some gals have nice ‘body skin’…
Anyway, you need to make sure you’re exfoliating on the reg so you slough off all the dry skin and product build-up – so the fresh skin has a chance to make an appearance!
Use the Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Scrub 1-2 times per week to cleanse pores of excess oil and yucky old skin to reveal radiant, brighter- looking skin. It smells so relaxing and contains coriander seed oil and avocado oil, which support the skin’s natural moisture barrier (i.e doesn’t dry it TF out). AU RRP is $69 and it can be purchased here.
If you’re in training beast mode, try the Cedar & Stone Bodyscrub when you’re feeling sore. It’s super high in magnesium, which helps relieve joint pain, headaches, relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation. Buy for AU RRP $19.95 right here.
If you’re not dry body brushing yet, you need to sort your shit out. The Body Shop Cactus is a long-handled wooden brush with soft cactus bristles to massage and exfoliates the skin, removing all the feral dead skin cells that just set up camp on your skin. Use on dry skin to enhance circulation and this technique is sworn to help with cellulite by celebs. Fetch one for AU $19 here.
Touching someone’s dry, papery mitts is on par with nails on a blackboard (millennials, you’ll never understand the horror of this). Unless you live in gloves all season, your poor little hands are going to be exposed to the low temps of the reg, so keep them hydrated!
I used to work for L’OCCITANE and the Shea Intense Hand Balm is one of the products I will forever repurchase. It is SO soothing and nourishing with a 25% pure shea butter formula. The thick cream absorbs easily though and doesn’t leave a gross greasy residue. The 150ml tube at AU $46 will last you yonks.
My other fave hand cream is the Weleda Skin Food. It’s also super thick and hydrating, formulated with 100% natural ingredients. Pop some on before you leave the house and it will actually protect your mitts. AU $21.95 for a handbag friendly 75ml tube.
Once upon a time, we used to look at our mum’s cracked heels and shudder with disgust, thinking ‘that will never happen to me’. Well it happens to everyone and it ain’t a good look.
I beg you to use the Milky Foot Intense Exfoliation Pads in the middle of winter, when the only time your feet come out to play is when you’re bathing them. Cos this shit REALLY works so for about a week you’ll be shedding like a snake. Basically, it’s an at-home pedicure treatment, which removes hardened skin through its intense peeling action after just one application. But the peeling continues for about a week so keep socks on please. AU $29.95, available here.
After the shedding has stopped, rub L’OCCITANE Organic Shea Butter into your heels on a daily basis to keep them smooth. AU $52.00, can be found online.
When your skin is dry or dehydrated, makeup will only sit on that dry skin, making it look worse. But a few changes in your skin care regime will have your skin looking more hydrated in no time.
First things first, if you have a foaming cleanser, GET RID OF IT NOW. It’s only going to dry your skin out further. Opt for an oil based cleanser like the Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Nourishing Cleansing Oil, as it removes all your makeup and dirt, without stripping away all the natural oils on your skin. I have acne-prone skin and it doesn’t exacerbate them in the slightest, it just leaves my skin really glowing and ups the hydration levels tenfold. AU $50 from Jurlique.
I’m now going to recommend pressing 100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil (can you guess I like oils) into your complexion for optimal hydration. It will change your life I promise. AU $29.95 here.
Note: If you’re older, try rosehip oil (A’Kin does a spectacular one), as it’s richer and will work better for your skin.
When my skin is feeling SUPER dry, I love using the GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. I smooth it onto my skin and if it all absorbs within 30mins, I know my skin was crying out for some hydration. I generally go to sleep with it on and then just wash away any excess (there never really is any) in the AM. Available at MECCA for AU $98.
Is your complexion weirdly textured? Are your blackheads out of control? Can you feel bumps under your skin? Baby G, you need to exfoliate! But not in the traditional sense. Physical exfoliants (grainy ones that make you feel like you’re really getting shit out of your pores) can actually damage your skin as it’s so delicate on your face. The little grains can actually cause teeny tiny little abrasions that aren’t visible to the naked eye but weaken the structure of the skin. So get on the chemical exfoliate bandwagon. Not as scary as they sound, they basically just use low dose acids to clear up congestion and remove all the crap on the top layer of your skin, leaving fresh AF skin underneath.
Use the Alpha-H Beauty Sleep Power Peel 2 nights per week for clinical exfoliation and skin renewal while you rest your pretty head. The formula contains 14% glycolic acid and fruit enzymes to clear a pathway for the deeper penetration of 0.5% retinol, which stimulates the production of new cells and creates firmer, healthier skin, while reducing scarring, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne breakouts, and wrinkles. You can buy it here for AU $129.95.
The Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel isn’t just good for getting rid of acne, it’s also just a great chemical exfoliant for congestion and fine lines. Pop a light layer on under your moisturiser at night and marvel at the change in your skin. This has been a must in my beauty arsenal for 3 years now, and I don’t plan on stopping! AU $56 from MECCA.
If your skin is still feeling textured on the reg, start using the HydroPeptide® 5 x Power Peel Pads, they’re designed to resurface, clarify, brighten and smooth your skin. And they bloody well work a dang treat. AU $99 (for a tub of pads) here.
If your pout is the furthest thing from kissable, you need to sort your shit out. Start swiping one of these bad boys on for soft and smooth lips. Pucker up!
You don’t need a rundown on what lip balm does, they all do the same thing, some are just better than others! These 3 are the best; Blistex® Lip Conditioner SPF 15 (AU $4.95 from any pharmacy), NIVEA Lip Butter Coconut (AU $4.99 from any pharmacy), and Sisley Paris Nutritive Lip Balm (AU $85 so don’t buy it unless you want to commit yourself to a life where you spend that much on lip balm as it’s so amazing).
Cold and dry temps are the WORST for people who suffer from skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis or just super sensitive skin. So make sure you’re not using anything too harsh.
Put down the soap and body wash and pick up the QV Bath Oil. Whilst hydrating the skin, the oil works as a water dispersible formula over the whole body to ensure the clear non-greasy formula rejuvenates and cleans large areas of dry skin. It helps relieve symptoms of atopic eczema and psoriasis, and is suitable for use with dry dermatological conditions such dry, scaly skin, winter itch, ichthyosis, xerosis, dermatitis. AU $15.99 from pharmacies.
Use a gentle moisturiser after showering, like the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+, which is a lipid-replenishing balm for very dry, irritated skin prone to itching. It’s so good when you’re feeling really uncomfortable as it instantly relieves symptoms after you rub it into the affected area/s. AU $24.95, available here.
If your skin can tolerate oils (here I go with the oils again), I urge you to bring the JERGENS Shea Beauty Oil into your life. It’s super gentle and nourishing, plus it leaves a gorgeous glowing sheen over your rig.
Don’t forget about your locks! Hot showers blasting on your wee head are not ideal for split ends and frizziness. TIP: Blast your strands with cold water to seal the moisture in prior to getting out. It’s cold but worth it.
Essano Coconut Milk Hydrating Leave-in Conditioner should be popped in the ends of your hair after each and every wash. It softens your hair and makes it easier (not as knotty) to dry. AU $15.99, available at most pharmacies.
You should also be using a weekly hair mask (no more or the product will build up creating lank hair) that brings your hair back from the depths of freezing cold despair. Try the Keune CARE Vital Nutrition Mask and you’ll be awed at how silky your locks are. I like to use it on a Sunday night so I have time to pop my head in cling wrap so it stays moist and keeps penetrating the strands for an hour or so. You can get 500ml for AU $68.95 here.
Words by Kelly McCarren.
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