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7 skin-saving tips for the cooler months

Photographer – Kristina Yenko
Model – Billie Adams at IMG Models
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Give your skin some extra TLC.

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Dryness and acne are just a few of the not-so-nice side effects that follow the cooler months.

It only makes sense then, that we should double down on our skincare routines and give our faces a little extra TLC. Here are seven tips to help you to just that.

Stay hydrated

And by this, we don’t mean upping your coffee quota for the week. Challenge yourself by replacing your morning long black with a glass of water, and repeat throughout the day. Before you know it, you’ll have had your recommended eight glasses in no time.

Invest in a good serum

This may come as a surprise to some, but your skin changes with the seasons. That’s why we need to up the hydration in winter, when our skin is battered from icy cold winds. Invest in a moisture-rich serum to pat on your face each night before bed, and wake up feeling renewed.

Dedicate 10 minutes to your skin each week

Or more, if you can spare it. Take some time to actually use those hydrating masks in the bathroom cupboard (they look great on the shelf but even better on your skin). Opt for a mask with Australian pink clay, which is rich in minerals and super beneficial for sensitive skin.

Limit your shower time

Long hot showers can wreak havoc if you indulge in them too frequently. Instead, try and incorporate a couple of cool or lukewarm showers into your weekly routine. It’ll stop your skin from drying out, and can also help your hair stay strong and shiny.

Use a humidifier while you sleep

Not only are humidifiers extremely calming, but they also do wonders for your health while you snooze. They add crucial moisture back into the air, resulting in smoother lips and hydrated skin. Not to mention, humidifiers are excellent for indoor plants which thrive off the moist air.

Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap

While the temperature may have dropped a few degrees, your risk from UV damage is still high in the cooler months. Using a foundation or tinted moisturiser with added SPF is an easy way to keep skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

Get familiar with PH

And more importantly, use a pH-balanced cleanser. At its natural pH level, your skin is pretty good at protecting itself. When you wash your face with harsh cleansers, you’re stripping your skin of its natural barrier, opening yourself up to moisture loss and damage.

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