While winter as a season may generally be overlooked as a bringer of skin woes; it’s important to take note of changes to the weather and adjust your skincare routine accordingly. With the change in the climate comes cooler, drier air, as well as more time spent indoors. You may face a dehydrated complexion, increased oiliness and even dry patches – not quite the look you’d want on any given day. However, don’t despair! Melrose Arch is here to deliver some winter skincare first aid.
You may experience increased oiliness as the seasons shift, so the logical conclusion is to attack the oil with a harsh cleanser, yes? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding no! Stripping the oils away with a harsh cleansing agent has a completely counterproductive effect, as your skin produces more oil to try and make up the deficit. Instead of waging war on your poor visage, you’ll want to try a gentle non-foaming or cream cleanser, such as The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser or StriVectin Multi-Action Moisture Matrix Melting Cleanser in conjunction with a gentle chemical exfoliant, such as 365 Active Toner, which will soothe and refine your skin without irritating it.
Generally, essences or serums are applied after cleansing and toning, before moisturising. The goal? Lock in as much moisture as possible, while simultaneously infusing soothing, plumping or brightening ingredients into your skin. Hyaluronic acid is one of the gold standard ingredients for infusing moisture into the skin, as it is capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water! Novexpert Booster Serum With Hyaluronic Acid is designed to do exactly that, as is Environ HA Intensive Hydrating Serum.
Moisturiser, it’s a basic concept, right? Or is it? As it turns out, there is a plethora of options available out there, and selecting the right moisturiser for you will be strongly dependent on a multitude of factors: your age, your skin type, and – yes – the climate!
For dry skin, you’ll want something richer with more emollient ingredients, particularly as the air gets drier. The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream locks in moisture for long-lasting hydration, and helps to maintain and restore your moisture barrier, as does Dermalogica’s Intensive Moisture Balance. Sensitive skin can be a pain to deal with, but the right product can make a world of difference. For sensitive, dry or combination skins, a soothing gel moisturiser, such as Dermalogica’s Calm Water Gel, can provide progressive relief and moisture.
Combination and oily skins are all too often left completely dehydrated, which only worsens the imbalance over time. The best way to tackle the problem is with a luscious and light gel moisturiser, such as L’Occitane en Provence Aqua Thirst Quench Gel. Mature skins need a balanced blend of moisture as well as anti-ageing ingredients, so make sure to take that into consideration when switching up your routine! We find the Age Smart range by Dermalogica, available at Sorbet Man, really provides a comprehensive anti-ageing approach.
In South Africa, we really can’t get away without wearing daily SPF, even with summer winding down. Proper UVA/UVB protection is a vital preventive measure against most common skin cancers and issues (especially skin pigmentation), and daily sunscreen use is actually one of the most effective anti-ageing measures you could possibly take. Prevention is always better than cure, and luckily for us, SPF doesn’t have to be heavy, sticky or leave you looking like a ghost these days. So where to start?
You can include SPF in your daily moisturiser, or as a dedicated extra layer. In our experience, even the most sensitive skin can tolerate the Lightful C + Coral Grass SPF30 Moisturizer by M·A·C . For more robust, all-day coverage, you could try Heliocare XF Gel Spf 50 or Protection 50 Sport SPF50 150ml by Dermalogica.
When in doubt, always consult a skincare professional or aesthetician. At Melrose Arch, we can highly recommend the skincare experts at:
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