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How to: Keep Your Skin Healthy, Happy and Hydrated, Even When It’s Cold Out
Thu, 31 May 2012 5:20PM
Winter. It’s a total buzz kill. Not only does it wreck havoc with our skin, but it also has a knack for destroying suede boots and handbags. But, rather than whinge and whine, I suggest you join us in taking the glass is half full perspective and look at the chilly season as the ultimate time to rest, recover and recharge your body, starting with your beauty routine…
Say hello to Jessica Alba and her shiny, happy, healthy skin…
Invest in an oil
The LBD of the skincare world, there’s nothing a little oil can’t fix. The moment you drag out the heater, that’s your cue to head out and buy a bottle of oil. I like to blend a hint of it (think a 50-cent-coin-sized amount) with my every day moisturiser morning and night to give the skin an extra hit of hydration. Plus, it also works a treat blended through the ends of your hair to help soften frizzy, dry ends. And don’t forget the trouble spots, like the elbows, feet and kness while you’re at it.
Focus on the PM
We get that the average person has roughly 345 tasks to complete before the day is out which tends to leave little room for pampering. So, instead of putting it straight in the too-hard basket, it’s important that you set aside a few minutes in the evenings for a quick pampering session. And by quick, I’m talking around 2.5 minutes, max. Reason being, it’s during the night that our skin cells kick into overdrive to repair and rejuvenate, so naturally it makes sense to give the skin a helping hand with the right nourishing products. You can kick start your routine by treating the skin to a double cleanse. The first is essential to remove makeup, as well as all the other environmental stressors, like pollution and dirt, while the second cleanse cuts through excess surface oil. Although cleansing is the first step in the skincare routine, it’s often the most underrated, but it’s important to remember that taking a few extra minutes to cleanse thoroughly is not only essential to prevent congestion, like blackheads and breakouts, but it’s all vital in helping the night moisturiser and serums that follow to sink in that much more effectively. Try Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Night Renewal Cream which at $12.99, is better than money in the bank.
Speaking of night cream, if you can spare an extra thirty seconds, it’s worth putting a little extra elbow grease into your application method. I like to use a rose quartz (the smooth, shiny, pebble-shaped variety) to help massage the product into the skin. It not only feels insanely relaxing, but it also work a treat at helping to boost sluggish circulation.
What’s your secret winter-skin weapon?
Do you make an effort to massage your face cream in?
Are you a member of the double cleansing club?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe