3 ways to winter-proof your skin
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We know it's only March but there is really no time like the present to stock up on supplies to give your skin the moisture it needs during the harsher months of winter. That's because wind, central heating and office air-con are not confined to June, July or August. Alexa Chung is fortunate in that she has that delightful English complexion - all peaches and cream. But that doesn't mean its not within everybody's reach. Below are three options, along with tips to take you there. And don't be afraid of the oil - dry skin craves it and will absorb it faster than most creams.
Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser from $7.60 (125mL).
Tip # 1: Invest in a gentle (meaning, non-foaming) cleanser.
We all know a warm shower strips the skin of essential moisture, but in addition to easing off on the hot tap, it also pays to make the switch to a non-foaming cleanser that won’t irritate the skin or leave it feeling tight. Our vote goes to the 100 per cent soap and fragrance free Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, that does a stellar job at washing away makeup and oil build-up, without disturbing the natural pH balance of the skin.
The latest addition to the cult lip balm: Lanolips Golden Ointment, $28.95.
TIP # 2: Keep a souped-up skin salve handy at all times.
The definition of a desert island beauty product, the latest crop of skin balms can tackle just about all that ails you, from chapped lips to cracked feet, dry hands and split cuticles. Word to the wise: always opt for a salve in a tube rather than a jar as it’s a million times more hygienic, especially if you plan on sharing it with your brood.
If you’re new to body oil, you can’t go wrong with the hypoallergenic Bio Oil, $14.94 (60ml).
Bonus tip: The richness of the ingredients found in balms makes them trickier to blend, so try warming the product on your fingertips until it forms an oil-like consistency that’s easier to apply.
Tip # 3: Make friends with an all-over body oil.
Our arms and legs tend to cop a beating during the winter months and that’s where upgrading from a standard body lotion to a body oil can make a world of difference. But don’t be put off by the word ‘oil.’ The current formulas absorb at a rate of knots and boast the same kind of nourishing ingredients you’d expect to find in a high-end face cream, like Vitamin A, as well as a bevy of plant oils to hydrate the skin, without feeling sticky or greasy.
Bonus tip: The best time to apply any moisturising product is straight after a shower when the skin is still damp so keep a bottle on the shower shelf or vanity as a friendly reminder.