Below will outline the changes I personally make every year when the seasons change and the cold comes out to play.
Make use of gentle skin care products. A good quality cleanser and a gentle exfoliator are highly recommended.
Exfoliate the skin twice weekly to ensure a smooth skin surface, and hydrate with a slightly richer moisturiser.
Also making sure to incorporate a rich and hydrating eye cream to protect the fine skin around the eye area, and prevent dehydration that leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Using a liquid/hydrating foundation will also greatly affect the skin.
Ultra Fluid Foundation (R512) is an excellent option. This product is water based and offers a sheer finish, affording the wearer a natural and comfortable finish.
Skin preparation and priming can have a great impact on the skin.
Ultra Underbase (R549) is an excellent primer for winter. This product is water-based and acts as a second moisturiser for the skin, ensuring that make-up not only applies easier and stays put for longer, but also ensures that make-up application is smooth and flawless, with no flakiness.
Block that sun.
Whilst we all love feeling the warm sunshine on our skin, we must not forget the dangers that presents.
Most people think that sunscreen is only meant for summer, not realising that the winter sun can be just as harsh. Combined with cold, dry winds, this can leave the skin feeling sensitised and red. Applying at least an SPF30 will ensure that the harmful winter sun does not damage the skin and lead to sun damage and/or pigmentation.
Winter is a bitter and miserable season,
often with sub-zero temperatures and this can wreak havoc on one’s skin.
The drier weather can leave the skin dehydrated and flaky,
and this is never a good look!
However, there is good news that there are ways and means to combat
the negative effects of winter on your skin.
As a summer lover, winter has always been a big struggle
for me to get through, more so than most people,
and I have often been known to complain about
the cold all throughout winter.
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Skin gets far dryer in the winter months due to the cold, dry air. This dehydration can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and even chapped, cracked skin. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day will ensure that the body remains hydrated from the inside out.
Brush up on your Smiles.
This doesn’t mean brush your teeth more regularly during winter, but rather to exfoliate the lips to keep them soft and supple and free of dry flaky skin which can peel, split and bleed. During winter, I gently brush my lips with my toothbrush which removes all dead skin from the surface of the lips and leaves behind fresh, soft and smooth lips (and even gives a little natural rouge to them for a little bit). You can also use a sugar scrub which tastes pretty sweet too.
Powder products absorb surface oils and dehydrate the skin’s surface. So the best way to ensure those cheeks are sufficiently rouged, using a product such as Lip ‘n Cheek (R594) will go a long way in combatting the drying effects of a powder rouge.
This fabulous product is also suitable for a subtle hint of colour on the lips.
During the winter months, it is not uncommon for the eyes, to become more itchy and watery, due to the harsh cold winds and the dry air. To combat this, I recommend to opt for a waterproof mascara and eyeliner to avoid looking like a racoon during the course of the day. The HD Skinliner (R342) is an excellent liner that offers superior durability. Also, using shades of gold, bronze, copper and burgundy are a popular look for the winter months as these will warm up the complexion and give the face a touch of colour.
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