Winter is perhaps the biggest environmental change for us and our skin here in Auckland. As the leaves fall, the little shifts in the air temperature (inside and outside), our schedules, our diets, and our holiday travel can add up to a big affect on our skin.
We recommend doing a few things differently to maintain great skin through the colder and drier months.
“Think of your skincare routine like a wardrobe, you need to change it accordingly to fully support your skin throughout the seasons” says our Founder, Kate Michelmore.
We’re not here to blow up your bathroom cabinet (or wallet) with new products. Firstly, that’s too expensive, and secondly, our skin craves consistency. Now don’t get rid of everything. We’re about making small, smart tweaks to avoid the dry, flaky skin, surprise breakouts, tightness, or less-than-glowing skin that can come with the chillier days in the months ahead.
6 CHANGES TO YOUR ROUTINE
The steps in our routines may be the same (cleanse, soak, treat, hydrate, repair), but here are five changes we can layer in to keep our skin happy and hydrated:
1. Switch to a creamier cleanser. Milk and oil based cleaners remove dirt and makeup, but are not stripping on the skin, which helps keep us more hydrated and supported.
2. Soak: The Power of 5. After you've cleansed your skin, use a flannel or muslin cloth to impart hydration directly to the skin. Submerge your cloth into warm water (Not too hot) wring out any excess water and press the cloth onto your skin and 'compress' for 5 seconds repeat x 5. This is what we call soaking and is an amazing way to superficially hydrate the skin throughout the seasons.
3. Try a more nourishing moisturiser. Richer moisturisers can provide your skin more hydration in the drier months of the year. You don’t have to toss aside whatever moisturizer you love and works for you, though. Try integrating something richer just at night when your skin is repairing. We can curate a facial oil that you can mis with your moisturiser to add more nourishment at night.
4. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Keep using your mineral-based sunscreen during the winter days. The days may be shorter, but the low sun still gives off the same aging UVA rays as it does in the hotter summer months. #SPFeveryday
5. Take care of the rest of your body. ‘Tis the season when head, shoulders, knees and toes (and hands, and elbows…) need a little love. Keep hand and body moisturisers around to keep the rest of your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
6. Omegas, Give Your Skin an Oil Change. If you think healthy skin and oil don't mix, think again! The right oils-specifically oils high in essential fatty acids (EFAs)-can leave your complexion glowing. EFAs can enhance your complexion by improving the skin's texture and softness. They also help to keep skin cells moist and strong by reducing the amount of water lost through the epidermis, the top layer of skin. Among a group of 60-somethings, German researchers found that those who took supplemental good quality fish oil daily for two months experienced an improvement in their skin's barrier function. Better yet, dry skin was reduced 28 percent.