Easy ways to deal with your less-than-ideal winter skin
Parched? Tight? Flaking? We’ve got you
How good is wearing cosy knits, chugging down hot chocolate and planting yourself in front of a heater? Winter certainly has its perks, but while we were all getting excited about not having to shave our legs every few days and living in clothes big enough to hide our pasta binges, we forgot about how the cooler months can take a toll on our skin – both the face and body kind.
So if anywhere in the vicinity of your head to your toes is feeling dry or tight, or even looking a bit flaky or scaly, here’s how to rectify the situation.
Switch to a body oil
Body lotion is good. Great, in fact. But if your limbs are in need of a serious dose of hydration given the season, up the ante by swapping your regular lotion for a nourishing body oil. Thursday Plantation Macadamia Ultra Hydrating Daily Body Oil contains 100 per cent naturally derived macadamia oil, and if you don’t know anything about the ingredient, get ready for it to become your new best friend in winter. Not only is it super hydrating, but it also helps lock in moisture and supports the skin’s natural protective barrier, meaning your dry skin will be left feeling hydrated, replenished and intensely nourished. And if you think you’ll be left feeling slippery post-application, don’t worry – the oil absorbs quickly and easily into skin.
Indulge in a masking session
When it comes to dehydrated skin that’s in need of a quick fix, you can’t go wrong with a mask packed with moisturising ingredients. If you’re not into a cream, gel or mud mask that needs to be applied, set and washed off, try a no-fuss sheet mask like SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask.
Boost hydration with a targeted treatment
While you may know that serums exist to treat issues like pigmentation, congestion and fine lines, you may be pleased to discover that there are serums specifically formulated to boost hydration in your skin. Add something like Cremorlab O2 Couture Hydra Bounce Ampoule into your routine, layering under your regular serums and moisturisers for extra skin nourishment.
Don’t forget your hands (and feet)
The skin on your hands and feet isn’t immune to the drying effects of winter’s chill – especially when you consider that your hands are weathering the cold more than any other area of your body. Up the hydration of your hands by keeping Du’It Tough Hands For Her in your bag, and treat yourself to the Sephora Collection Foot Mask every once in a while.
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Do you have any tips for dealing with dry skin in winter? Please share with us in the comments section below
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Carli is BEAUTYcrew’s Editor and has been since the site launched in 2016. She is currently on a quest to find the perfect medium-coverage foundation for combination skin, is trying to narrow down her mascara collection to just three, and is embracing the power of AHAs. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.