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Winter Skin Savers: How to Optimise Your Skincare This Winter

Winter Skin Savers: How to Optimise Your Skincare This Winter
There’s no better feeling than getting home, hopping into the shower and taking all your makeup off. Here are our favourite cleansers for oily skin - read on for our recommendations.

Winter Skin care doesn’t just mean lathering on moisture. In Australia, the colder winter season provides an opportunity when the UV is at its lowest to up your actives. Here’s our round up for the top products for protection and renewal this winter.

Bring Your A-Game:

Vitamin A, or retinol, is one of the most clinically proven and effective treatments for anti-aging. It decreases the depth of fine lines and wrinkles whilst targeting pigmentation – one of summer’s unwanted gifts. Vitamin A works by speeding up the skin’s process of renewal, so its advisable to avoid sun exposure while you are using Vitamin A and always wear SPF50 during the day. Winter is the perfect time to introduce a stronger Vitamin A or retinol treatment to your regime.

Winter warrior - supercharged Vitamin A Serum from Medik8
Medik8 Retinol 10TR + Intense 1.0, $105, Available at

Medik8 have recently introduced this super-potent serum to their retinol line. Combining their classic retinol formula with climbazole (a booster compound that increases retinol’s efficacy without causing irritation) and squalene, a super hydrating bio-identical natural emolient. The serum packs a serious anti-aging punch without compromising on hydration. Perfect for winter.

Target your under eye area with Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic +Retinol Eye Serum this Winter
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, $106.00, available at

An multi-tasking solution for the area that needs it most! This Dennis Gross serum is super light weight and contains antioxidant ferulic acid and retinol with caffeine and licorice root extract for brightening benefits. Apply this under the eyes and kiss crows feet and darkness goodbye.


Nourish and Replenish:

It’s crucial to make sure your balancing powerhouse actives with nourishing and emollient ingredients during the harsh winter months. Personally, this beauty writer opts for a one night on, one night off routine. On my skin’s night off I cocoon my complexion in rich creams and oils layered over plumping serums.  Here are some current favorites that will serve you well.

Drink up with Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum this winter.
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense Serum, $99.00, available at

It may fee like hyaluronic acid serums are everywhere, but they are not all created equal. Luckily the competition means formulations are only getting more sophisticated. This beauty contains multiple weights of hyaluronic acid, so you know its penetrating all layers of the skin. It combines this sophisticated delivery system with a buffet of skin hydrators like lactic acid, creatine, urea and 16 different amino acids and powerhouse antioxidant saskatoon berry to heal and prevent further breakdown of hyaluronidase in the skin. Prevention and cure.

Hydration hero - replenish your complexion with Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum
Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum, $268.00,

Natural beauty queen Tammy Fender has truly delivered with this super luxurious hydrating oil-serum. Thicker than a typical facial oil thanks to ingredients like squalene this plant-based wonder also contains high grade rose extracts, avocado and gamma-linoleic oils to protect and nourish your complexion. A shield that will nourish and restore the most weatherbeaten complexions.

Banish dark circles with the Eye Concentrate this winter.
La Mer The Eye Concentrate, $295.00, at

You’ve been giving your under eyes an anti-aging workout – make sure you are nourishing them too! The La Mer Eye Concentrate is a cult favourite for a reason. Rich in the brands patented “miracle broth” (sounds like wizardry but is actually a potent sea kelp infusion rich in antioxidants) the eye concentrate also contains hematite – a magnetically charged mineral that increases circulation and decreases the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. Intensely hydrating this beauty even comes with a stainless steel tipped applicator to increase circulation and decrease puffiness – magic.

Written by Ruby Feneley

Ruby Feneley is The Carousel Beauty Editor. Her obsession with makeup and skincare started when she modelled in her teens. While she studied English Literature at Sydney University she pivoted from front to behind the camera – receiving her Diploma of Artistry and working as a makeup artist, assisting industry leaders across multiple top brands. In 2017, she moved to New York where she worked as a copywriter for celebrity children’s wear label Appaman Inc. Ruby is now combining her love of makeup and skincare with her passion for writing. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of makeup and skincare – she can spot a Nars lip from 30 feet and recommend skin creams and treatments from chemists to La Mer at a glance. She is always looking for the next big thing in beauty whether it’s an “unsung hero” product, a highlighter hack or a technological innovation to accelerate your anti-ageing regimen.

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