Winter is here, and we have finally had much needed rain here in the Cape.
I love winter, but much of what goes with winter is bad for our skins: comfort food, central heating and colder weather all play havoc with our complexion, leaving it dull and dry.
Staying on top of your skin routine and eating habits will ensure that you keep your glow all the way through the season.
The first thing you need to do is keep up your water intake – the harsher temperatures will dry-out your skin just as much as the sun will. Drinking enough water will also help eliminate toxins. The cold will reduce your blood circulation, so you’ll need all the help you can get to prevent you skin looking dull and tired. Regular exercise will also help keep your complexion bright.
I know this is easier said than done, but try and avoid sugar and carb heavy food. Instead, stock-up on seasonal veggies, which will help boost collagen production. Munching on anti-oxidant rich foods like berries will protect your skin, and the omega-3 fats found in oily fish like salmon will hydrate your skin from the inside out.
Our skin’s renewal process slows-down in winter, which can leave your skin looking sallow and rough. Wherever possible, look for moisturising formulas, even if you have oily skin. There is a difference between dehydrated and dry skin; dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lack water. So even oily skin can be lacking water, especially in winter.
I always use micellar water as the first step in my cleansing routine, and in winter I switch to the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Moisturising Make-up Removing Micelle Solution (R210 – R300), as it cleanses dry and sensitive skin without drying. I also make sure I exfoliate regularly – I prefer to use acids to do this, but choose an option that works best for your skin.
While I mostly use pigmentation treating serums, in colder weather, I use a moisturising one every few days. The Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Concentrate (R300) hydrates and adds radiance thanks to 3 super moisturising ingredients.
You’ll need to switch to richer face creams. Both day and night creams can be swopped for richer ones, although those of you with very oily skin might not have to change your night cream. Play around with combinations of lotions, oils and cream to see what works best for your skin type. The cooler weather means that your skin will produce less oil, so the richer creams will act as a protective barrier to the elements. Top up the moisture by using a mask every few days. My favourite one for cold weather is the Bioderma Moisturising Mask for Sensitive and Dehydrated Skin (R260). The formula contains a patented complex to not only boost immediate hydration, but also helps to stimulate the skin’s s ability to hold moisture.
And finally for your face, don’t forget to apply sun protection – the sun is still around and can damage your skin in winter.
Okay, so I have to say that my body turns reptilian in winter. I exfoliate every few days with a super rough mitt that I got in Morocco (you can get similar, softer versions in Clicks and Dischem). I use the mitt with the Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Shower Cream (R255). It is indicated for normal to dry or atopic skin because it helps to restore the skin’s hydrolipidic film (water and oil barrier that protects us from the outside world). The formula is creamy, and works into a soft lather, making it perfect for sensitive skin, as it won’t dry or irritate the skin.
I apply body cream every single day, and the Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Cream (R300) is perfect for super dry and sensitive skin. It is fragrance free and stimulates the skin’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid, which means that your skin will be more hydrated and softer with continued use. The formula is rich and almost balm-like, providing instant comfort to itchy, irritated skin. While rich, it does absorb quickly, and the 500ml bottle means that one bottle should last you most of winter.
Here is how I incorporate these products into a winter pamper routine, and scroll down to see an exciting giveaway.
Looks blissful, right? Well, one lucky reader will win all five Bioderma products featured in this video to recreate this routine at home.
The value of the hamper is R1500, and contains the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Moisturising Make-Up Solution Removing Micelle Solution, Hydrabio Moisturising Concentrate, Hydrabio Moisturising Mask, Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Shower Cream and Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Cream.
To enter, comment below and tell me your favourite winter indulgence.
The giveaway is open to South African residents only, and only one entry per person will be counted. Entries close at 17h00 on Friday 20 July 2018.