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How To
24 July 2020

How to Perfect Your Winter Skin Routine

Words By Brittany Lyons

All the tips and tricks necessary in formulating a considered, nourishing and effective skin care plan in the midst of winter

Cleansing

The foundation and first step into great winter skin is a proper cleanse.

Our resident Dermal Therapist guru, James Vivian, recommends that a good cleanse should last between 1 to 2 minutes (2 being the ideal). This transfers throughout each season and condition.

In winter, the elements are harsh on your face. We recommend introducing an oil-based cleanser which won’t strip your skin of its natural oils that it’s so desperately in need of. Oil and balm cleansers will properly cleanse, gently and nourishingly.

The skin’s natural barrier ensures health, protection and regulation. Compromising the barrier with acid heavy and stripping ingredients in a cleanser will only further impair your barrier, and skin.

To ensure a thorough clean with your new oil-based first step, why not introduce a cleansing device such as a Foreo? Microcurrent tools will further deepen the cleansing ritual, as well as prep the skin for what’s to come next.

Exfoliating

An every-other-day exfoliation will ensure your skin is cleared of dead, dull and useless skin cells that are impeding new ones to come through.

While the subject of chemical vs physical exfoliants is a contentious one, our advice would be to always go lightly when exfoliating. Both forms of exfoliation can be terribly damaging if you overdo it. Over exfoliation will impair your skin’s barrier and cause imbalances and issues.

Products such as the Illuminating Polish by Aspect, is a great example of where Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and physical granular elements meet in a combined double exfoliation powerhouse.

Whether you’re opting for chemical or physical exfoliants, limit these products to 3-4 times per week to ensure you’re allowing time for cell regeneration.

Hydrating

Now your winter skin is prepped and ready to absorb, time to hydrate and replenish with the good stuff.

When it comes to winter moisturisers, the rule of thumb (dependant on your skin type) is the thicker the better.

Intensely hydrating, surging with moisture and oils, winter moisturisers should balance and repair any issues caused by dehydration from the freezing cold exterior elements.

These thick creams and serums, rich in humectants such as hyaluronic acid, are fabulous as the final step in your nightly routine to allow your skin ample time to soak up the nourishment.

Awake with plump, fresh and revitalised skin with the help of these deeply nourishing, cult hydrating products.

Treatments

While you’re already familiar with the concept of an at-home facial treatment, its’s especially important to prioritise these in the months where your skin isn’t feeling it’s best.

It’s not uncommon to experience surges in congestion and breakouts during winter. When treating congestion in the cooler months, we recommend using drying ingredients such as clay and salicylic acids, only in areas only where you need them.

Multi-masking is a concept perfect for winter, where you zone each treatment to the area in which your experiencing the concern. The Nip Fab Salicylic Spot Patches perfectly reflect this method.

Don’t forget to offset purifying efforts, where you’re drawing out with charcoal or clay, with hydrating ones. Oils, as well as hydrating masks, flood the skin with the hydration it seeks.