3 Sneaky Ways You Can Winter-Proof Your Skin
Cold weather does NOT have to mean dry, uncomfortable skin
A dry, ashy body and face are telltale signs that you’ve been getting dressed as quickly as possible in the morning without taking any REAL care of your skin. We’ve all been there and it’s time for a skin wintervention — we’ve got advice from a dermatologist on how she survives winter.
Dr Nomphelo Gantsho is the go-to have-perfect skin-forever-and ever expert. Here’s her guide to keeping your skin hydrated during the big chill:
1/ Be a well-oiled machine
Facial oils are for anyone whose skin could use a nourishing and renewing boost — and they’re especially good in winter and for those in a drier climate. Take heed though, oils are comedogenic (they block pores) and could cause breakouts when worn throughout the day on the face. If oils aren’t for you, go with a cream, they work well because they penetrate skin easily, which makes them especially compatible with other products, i.e. they work well under make-up.
2/ Hit the HA
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a polymer made up of two sugars and is produced naturally throughout the body. It’s a water-loving molecule so it attracts moisture and is able to bind up to 1 000 times its weight in H2O, which it uses to provide continuous hydration to the skin. HA and collagen are vital for maintaining your skin’s layers and structure and while collagen gives skin its firmness, it’s HA that nourishes the collagen. Look for it in your serums, moisturisers and masks.
3/ Cream in time
A good body moisturiser is one of the most essential ingredients in your winter skincare cupboard. After a bath or shower, apply a hydrating cream within two minutes of leaving the warm water: it will replenish the skin with valuable lipids — mechanisms to a healthy barrier function — keeping your skin soft and supple.
Try These Products:
1/ NIVEA PROTECT & REFRESH SUN LOTION SPF 50 R165
2/ ALOE UNIQUE ALOE & HONEY GEL MASK R108
3/ NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST GEL-CREAM FOR EXTRADRY SKIN R129
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