The mornings are colder, the heaters have left storage and you’re pulling out your jerseys from the back of your cupboard, that can only mean that winter has come. With the weather taking a frosty turn, all the hand-washing and inside heating, our skin is currently being exposed to conditions that it may not be used to. Add in the heightened stress one may be experiencing right now, and we have one unhappy skin situation.
Less humidity = dry skin
Low humidity (like lowering temperatures and inside heating) causes the skin to lose its natural oils and when you pair it with the extra washing, which strips the skin of any moisture, your skin is practically crying for some extra TLC. So how can you protect your skin against harsh conditions and repair dry and flashy skin? The answer lies in the products you’re using.
Fats and Oils are your friends
During summer, you may have used a light lotion but during these colder months, you’re going to need to up the moisture, so be prepared to lay it on thick. Using products that contain lipids and nourishing oils are your best friends right now, so here are a few of our favs that will leave your skin feeling nourished and hydrated:
1/ For your hands
Washing your hands is great but the drying effects of soap and hand sanitiser, not so much. Many hand soaps and sanitisers contain ingredients that excel at killing germs but they can also result in irritated and itchy skin.
Avene Eau Thermale XeraCalm A.D. Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar
Try using a soap like Avène XeraCalm A.D Ultra-rich cleansing bar which is perfect for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. While cleansing, it also nourishes, restores and strengthens the skin’s natural protective barrier (psst, Clicks is currently having a sale on this soap and other Avène products).
After you wash your hands be sure to moisturise with a hand cream that will help retain moisture and keep bacteria at bay.
Simply Bee Hand Cream
Healing, with strong natural antibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties, this hand cream protects your skin and keeps it in the perfect gentle balance
2/ For your body
Your skin is the largest organ, so it’s definitely something you should be taking care of daily. Besides, ensure that you’re staying hydrated from the inside, you need to nourish your body from the outside too. As soon as you hop out of your hot shower or bath, slather your skin with a thick body cream or oil to help restore and retain moisture.
Dr. Hauschka body oil
This beautiful blend from Dr. Hauschka will soften and smooth the skin, giving it a firmer and more even appearance while uplifting your mood with the sweet natural fragrance of roses in bloom
Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel
This lil-based gel is an absolute life saver if you’re suffering with dry skin. With just 3% water, this oil blends emollients such as shea butter and humectants like glycerine and urea, along with skin soothing ingredients such as vitamin B3 for an exceptional moisturising result.
3/ For your face
When it comes to the skin on your face, it’s important that you use products that are not too heavy and will give your skin the hydration it needs. The star ingredients here are hyaluronic acid, glycerin, Vitamin C and E. And you’d want to apply these morning and evening but if you need a boost, you can apply it during the day too.
Skin Creamery facial hydrating oil
This hydrating oil brings out your youthful glow as it smooths fine lines and hydrates with certified organic baobab, Jojoba and Kalahari melon seed oils. Essential fatty acids, nutrients and waxes create a healthy sebum balance in your skin mantle, locking in moisture, nourishing and protecting
SKOON. Wow-Wow Wonder serum
This deeply hydrating and rejuvenating serum from SKOON. will leave your skin looking refreshed and revitalised. The hero ingredients in SKOON. Wow-Wow Wonder serum includes hyaluronic acid, phytic acid and vitamin C, which all work to firm and plump the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance
Avène Thermal Spring Water
Soothing, anti-irritating, softening and so much more, this spring water spray is a miracle worker. Charize Neill, Marketing Manager for Eau Thermale Avène has a great d.i.y compress for when your skin is in need of some extra soothing.
- Fold unscented tissues in half and soak them with the thermal spring water
- Apply the soaked tissues to your face, neck or hands.
- Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Spray the compress 2 to 3 times during the 10 minutes to keep it soaked
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