Beauty Expert’s Guide: Keeping Your Skin Hydrated In Harsh Conditions

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Jun 28, 2023

Keeping your skin hydrated in harsh conditions is important. Here’s how.

  • Harsh winds – The frigid temperatures are drying enough, but added wind not only makes the air feel cold, but contributes to the drying of our skin by accelerating the evaporation of water from our skin.
  • Indoor heating – Indoor heating is also very drying for the air and thus our skin. We crank up the artificial heat in the chilly weather but sadly this takes moisture out of the air and our skin, we are doing our skin more harm than good.
  • Not drinking enough – People usually drink a lot in summer to stay cool. During winter, it only makes sense that people are less thirsty and as a result drink less water.
  • The sunChances are many of people who apply sun protection to protect their skin from the suns harmful rays , do no such thing to protect themselves in winter, even though the sun is just as damaging and drying!

Keys things you can do to protect your skin from these things?

  • Bundle up – try wrapping your face in a scarf to block cold air from reaching your skin and lips.
  • Moisturise your skin  stock up on a great moisturiser, apply morning and night. I love Payot Lift intense in winter, because it hydrates the skin and boosts lipid production. Another all-time favourite is the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF15. Not only does this moisturiser have three essential Ceramides, firming Hyaluronic Acid and soothing Niacinamide, but it also has SPF which is extremely important, even in the winter months.
  • Moisturise your lips – In harsh weather, my lips are always chapped and dry. To keep your lips moisturised, try Burt’s Bees moisturising Original Beeswax Lip Balm. This lipbalm is super effective because it’s infused with Beeswax, a natural skin conditioner, and Vitamin E to moisturise and soften lips.
  • Hydrating serumGo a step further and apply a hydrating serum. Medik8 B5 serum morning and night in winter delivers vitamin B and super moisture enhancing hyaluronic acid to your skin! Another great pick is the Dr Naomi Skin Let it B Hydrating Serum, infused with hydrating Vitamin B. Dr Naomi Skin is also vegan, cruelty free and proudly made in Australia using local and globally sourced ingredients, so you’ll know that you’re making a conscious purchase.
  • Turn down the heat – Pop on warm slippers and a sweater. Bundle up under a blanket. If you can light a cosy fire instead of using artificial indoor heating, your skin will benefit from the less harsh heat.

Tips to hydrate your skin

  • Drink up – my absolute favourite at the moment The Beauty Chef hydration inner beauty boost. The more hydrated you are , the less your skin will become dry and flakey. Add this hydrating boost to your water every day to support the gut health and enhance the skins hydration through bio-fermented coconut probiotic.
  • From the inside outEat foods high in water content, such as watermelon, apples , celery , cantaloupe.
  • Use a Dry oil cleanserin the dryer months use a cleanser more hydrating that contains moisturising ingredients. Dry oils can repair, nourish and soften your skin while ensuring long lasting protection against drying and dehydration – Payot Huile Fondante Demaquillant with avocado oil extract is stunning!
  • Healthy diet is important for your skinFood is essential for healthy skin. Food gets digested and broken down into vitamins minerals and amino acids that our skin uses to build healthy glowing skin. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Some foods high in antioxidants for your skin are blueberries, raspberries, prunes, and green tea.
  • Get plenty of sleep – Did you know that sleep deprivation causes less blood flow to the skin around your face? Yep! If you get plenty of sleep, more blood will circulate around the skin, giving you a healthy glow. To get your beauty sleep, try Adaptogenic Super Powder by leading New Zealand brand Jeuneora. Packed with health benefits, this innovative super powder uses the power of Adaptogenic Mushrooms and an exclusive Pistachio Extract to support immune function, mood balance, stress, and fatigue, and best of all? It will help you zone out into sweet dreams, all whilst it is working its magic.
Adaptogenic Super Powder
  • Do you need sun protection all year? – Yes yes yes! The sun’s harmful rays are just as strong and damaging on the skin during winter despite what the temperature is. I’m in love with DNA defence SPF 50+ by Dr Roanal Moy, this multifunctional sunscreen helps reverse and protect against photo damage while reversing sun damage with DNA Enzymes.

Are there any treatments that are more popular colder weather?

If the weather feels harsh on your skin then it is a great time to have chemical peels , lower UV levels and a perfect environment to heal your skin more quickly. Have a peel now to exfoliant and refresh your skin or have a series to significantly improve your skin before next summer!

The Carousel would like to thank Jacqueline Brennan, owner InSkin Medi Spa in Neutral Bay, Sydney, for this article.


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