8 Ways For Your Skin To Survive This Winter
We all know the undesirable effects that the harsh Tassie winter can have on our skin. We are known for our bitter cold temperatures and dry air that literally sucks the natural moisture from your skin.
But the good news is that with the right skin care routine and a few positive self-care habits you can help keep your face and body skin soft, supple and hydrated rather than cracked, irritated, and chapped.
Read on to discover our favourite solutions to dry and irritated skin this winter so you can get that glow back!
1. Stay hydrated!
Proper hydration is directly related to skin health and cell regeneration which helps get the glow we want! Ideally try to sip eight to 10 cups per day of unsweetened beverages such as water and tea. Remember that caffeine and alcohol are both very dehydrating so try to limit your intake to a reasonable amount.
We love Storm + India Coconut Chai, Matcha Green Tea and Immune Boosting Turmeric and Ginger for this time of year. Also adding a slice of lemon or lime or even berries or cucumber to your water will give you added health benefits and a yummy flavor that you will want to just keep on drinking…
2. Give your body some TLC
It is important to remember not to neglect areas of your body like the hands and feet, as these are also prone to dehydration. The purpose of moisturizer is to provide a barrier by depositing a layer of lipid on the skin to help maintain water inside the cells. Skin on the feet is thicker than the rest of the body and can build up with dry, hard to get rid of, rough layers of dead skin. Skin on the hands is constantly exposed to the elements (cold, wind) and repeated hand washing and hand sanitising, which also massively depletes the skin's moisture. This can make the skin on your hands actually appear older than the skin on the rest of your body.
To overcome dry skin on the body our top pick is the WATERLILY Lime Caviar Body Balm. This is a deeply nourishing daily must, for intense repair and replenishment. With zero nasties this delicious and nourishing body balm provides an infusion of molten mango, shea and cocoa butters blended with virgin coconut oil and enriched with omega serums for the ultimate body rejuvenation ritual.
The key ingredient Native Australian lime caviar is also rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants to protect the skin. The pure essential oils of vanilla bean and crushed citrus rind of mandarin and lime essential oils ensure that it also smells divine. It can be used as a nutrient rich butter masque on the face during winter, or small amounts are ideal to smooth and condition fly away hair.
For an extra special hand or feet treat you can apply the balm then slip on socks or gloves as the fabric and heat inside them will help the formula infuse even deeper into skin. Our senior dermal therapist Emily describes this product as super nourishing and healing and great for eczema and dermatitis.
It's important to cover yourself in moisturiser in the morning and also before bed. Before you put on your pj’s, massage your fave body balm into your skin starting with your neck and work your way down to your feet. It'll function the same way a night cream for your face does, softening your skin and keeping moisture in as you sleep.
3. Hydrate from the inside
Essential fatty acids, or EFA’s as their name suggests, play an essential role in keeping your skin healthy. But our bodies actually don’t produce EFA's so we need to provide them somehow, either in the food we eat or in what we put on our skin. EFA's are basically the building blocks of healthy cell membranes; they’re needed to keep the skin’s barrier function work well and do its job as the protective wall between the body and the outside world. As the saying goes, beautiful skin starts on the inside...
We recommend DMK EFA Ultra, which is a powerful blend of the EFA's 3, 6, 7 and 9. This amazing supplement has more than 190 nutrients and bioactive superfoods all entirely sourced from plant-based ingredients including coconut oil, Mekabu Seaweed Extract and Seabuckthorn. They work to soothe and nourish the body, increase water levels in the skin and improve its structural integrity and barrier function.
4. Don't take super-hot (or long) showers
Nothing sounds better than a steaming hot shower or bath on a cold day, but hot water is actually the enemy of dry winter skin. Too much hot water actually increases the evaporation of your skin's natural hydration. So, keep it short, all you need is about 10 minutes and make sure you’re using a soap-free, body cleanser or bath oil with fatty acid-rich plant oils to fortify and protect the skin's moisture barrier. Our favourite is the WATERLILY range of bath and body serums which can be used as a massage blend, bath oil or body moisturizer.
5. Don't skip your lips
The skin on your lips is thinner than the rest of your face, which means it is more susceptible to damage from harsh winter elements. To replenish hydration and protect your lips, it's helpful to wear balm at night, when indoor heat and even breathing through your mouth can increase dryness. When you apply your face and body moisturizers nightly, try smoothing on a layer of a rich lip balm as well to fend off flakes and chapping.
For day wear we love the Australian range of ISSADA mineral lip gloss. There are 12 shades to choose from, plus these gorgeous glosses are chemical free and packed with powerfully nourishing ingredients to soothe and repair dry cracked lips.
Key ingredients include shea butter, aloe vera, wheatgerm, vanilla and jojoba. The main ingredient, Grapeseed extract is 20 times more potent than Vitamin C, and stimulates collagen production to give plump, pillowy lips!
6. What’s best, spritzer or toner
Well, toners or astringents, are often made with alcohol to absorb oil. This is ok in the warmer months when you’re more sweat-prone, however in winter these ingredients can increase dryness and aggravate sensitive skin.
If you can’t pass on that refreshing toner feeling and let’s be honest who doesn’t love it? Try spritzing an alcohol-free face mist with hydrating ingredients.
Our top pick is the SPACEUTICALS Hydra C mist. Emily, our senior dermal therapist describes this product as “like a drink of water for your skin." It is a 100% active skin quenching solution of pro- vitamin B5 and pure Kakadu plum concentrate rich in natural vitamin C captured in an infusion of lime caviar and aromatic crushed citrus to hydrate and tone skin.
It is also high in hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and revitalise the complexion… what’s not to love? The best bit is that you can take this in your handbag and indulge in a little spritz whenever your skin feels like it needs a drink.
7. Use a thicker moisturiser in the winter
After your shower, use a soft towel to pat skin dry before applying a hydrating moisturiser. We recommend you opt for a cream or balm that's thicker than the lotion you would use during the warmer months.
A thicker textured moisturizer helps to seal moisturizing ingredients into dry skin helping long-term, intense healing and hydration. It depends on your skin type which moisturizer we would recommend but some of our faves are the WATERLILY Omega Crème and Skin Boost.
DMK also has an amazing range of hydration solutions with the exceptional Nite Firming Creme and the fabulous Beta Gel which is top on our list of product must haves for all skins!
8 Don’t over exfoliate
The final point we are making in this article today is how important it is to make sure you don’t over-exfoliate. One of the things we commonly see in clients is a tendency to over-exfoliate when their skin feels dry in an attempt to get rid of dead skin cells.
Whilst this may sound good in theory, in reality over- exfoliation strips the skin of its natural oils and increases dryness. The last thing that raw, dehydrated, winter-worn skin needs is a harsh, abrasive scrub or peel (or even loofah or cleansing sponge), as this can further deplete moisture and worsen irritation. If you notice flaking or redness when you exfoliate, swap it for a gentler formula recommended by your skin therapist that is less likely to be dehydrating.
Also swap more abrasive cleansing tools like scratchy loofahs, sponges, or body brushes for softer washcloths, which are less likely to disturb skin's hydration barrier, and lightly dab your face and body dry with your towel rather than rubbing. Avoid scratching your skin, too, no matter how itchy your dryness is. Scratching can actually damage skin's surface and cause more moisture loss. Instead, try dabbing a hydrating balm on the area to immediately calm and protect it.
So please, exfoliate twice a week not 3 times, 4 time or even every day!
In short nourish the dryness from the inside of your body and nurture the skin on the outside using the tips provided and you will be well on your way to glowing skin even in the cold winter months!
All products mentioned in this post are available for purchase from Quay Day Spa, phone 6122 0155 and our customer service team will be happy to help you.