Winter skin care with Bioderma | AD

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.

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    1. Cup of strong coffee lots of blankets popcorn and then and series!!! O and soup yummy yes good food makes winter worth it hahahah

  1. On winter nights I love to watch series with my kitty Grimmy & a blanket on my lap and drinking tea 😃🐱

  2. Boring, I know, but so nice! A hot bath with nice bath oil. On the couch, in my pyjamas under a fluffy blanket before the TV watching my favourite programs!!

  3. Winter time gives me the warm and fuzzies all round! My all time fav winter indulgence is tucking into my comfort food, mouth watering creamy rich butter chicken (cheat day approved) while sipping on a divine glass of warming Pinotage, all cozied up under my warm fleece throw on my comfy couch being entertained by my fav comedy shows. After dinner, I usually also slap on a hydrating face masks and burn a sensual vanilla candle to relax…. ahh bliss

  4. My favorite pastime would be to cuddle up in my bed after a hot shower, with a bowl of popcorn and hot chocolate watching my binge series. Currently, that’s watching Grey’s Anatomy from the start! #TeamMcDreamy

  5. Hi. My favourite winter indulgence has got to be cuddling up with hubby while he watches sport and I read a saucy book. Sipping on a special ‘warm wine’ and cinnamon concoction I created a while ago together with a platter of tasty cheeses with crackers. #yum!

  6. A relaxedhot bath with luxury fragranced bath oil and following my skin care rituals for ultimate hydration #winterobsession

  7. I have to say the morning cuddles with my family in bed. The tickles and laughs on the sofa under a blanket. And being held in my husband’s arms

  8. Chocolate, chips and ice cream! Even in this cold weather I love ice cream, currently 40 weeks pregnant, I indulge in tissue oil and a lot of creams for my dry skin.

  9. I love to lay under my warm blankets with my jug of hot coffee and a variety of luxuries while I binge watch my favourite series.

  10. Delightfully Delicious Hot Chocolate topped with mini marshmallows sipping on it whilst I sit in bed and read a novel. Love the warmth of the electric blanket and the scent of the fragrance filled lavender candle in the air. Beautiful and peaceful.

  11. Winter indulgence…a hot shower, a good facial…a wonderful face serum…and great body creme..a steaming cup of milky coffee…and my loved ones around me!

  12. My favourite winter indulgence would have to be staying indoors on weekends, baking up a storm, such as tea treats for the family. Taking care of my dry winter skin by moisturising it and pampering myself.

  13. Winter heaven – in my pjs on my lazy boy with my blanket the fireplace my two doggies and series. Then off to bed but first my bioderma 💙

  14. Ultimate winter indulgence is a warm fuzzy onesie with hood, hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and trolling Instagram for celeb gossip, beauty tips and competitions

  15. My favourite Winter Indulgence is cosying up on the couch, enjoying hot chocolate with marshmallows, whilst catching up on the many series that I record 💜

  16. My favorite winter indulgence is sitting in the living room with my hubby by the fire sipping on a glass of wine. Perfect 🙂

  17. My winter indulgence is simply unwinding and spoiling myself by going to the spa for relaxation and letting go of any stress levels. And after work its all about staying indoors and slipping into hibernation mode with thick blankets all wrapped around me and a good cup of mint tea. 

  18. My favourite winter indulgence is spending time in front of the fireplace with my fiancé drinking red wine and savouring good food.

  19. Warm thermal pyjamas, knitting blanket squares for the needy, unlimited WiFi for movies, my husband and Lindt chocolate !

  20. My favourite winter indulgence is to snuggle up in bed with my little puppy friends. They climb under the duvet with me and they are a far sweeter alternative to hot water bottles. 😍

  21. My favourite winter indulgence is being home in my pj’s – watching my fav series while doing my nails and having a whole lot of munchies – Just a plain simple pamper day [hair nails and facial]

  22. My favourite Winter indulgence is getting into pj’s early after a hot bath, then snuggling under a throw with a good book.

  23. My favourite winter indulgence is hot cocoa and a snooze in the garden when the winter sun is out 😎😎☀️☀️😀😀😁😁

  24. I like to spent the night doing the mini spa for my face,il wash,scrub,mask,steaming,and moisturizing it before i go to bed.Having pigmentation on your face it could br very every chance i get i try treat it.

  25. My favorite winter indulgence definitely is hot drinks! A day doesn’t go by when I don’t have a good cup of Rooibos or Hot Choco <3

    Also, can’t live without my electric blanky! 😍

  26. My winter indulgence is really hot showers. Also hot stone massages. Most imprtantly ..I love using ultra moisture rich creams and body washes and products in winter for the super luxury feel of my skin. Summer on the coast unfortunately doesnt allow for those much loved creams and products. (I lived in the dry inlands for many years n moved over to the coast so here i can only enjoy these luxuries in winter)

  27. Sweet Red Wine around a nice cozy little fire with my favorite people ❣️🔥🍷(luckily I live in Durbs and being outdoors in the evening is still somewhat bearable)

  28. My favorite is cooking a nice dinner, having a nice glass of wine with that. A creamy hot chocolate for dessert and then spending the rest of the night cuddled up while watching a good movie.

  29. An electric blanket.My cats on the bed with me and a Lindt chocolate.When it rains I have to make pancake with cinamin sugar and cream.

  30. A cup of hot chocolate and watch series in bed. Would love to try these products as I have dry sensitive eczema prone skin

  31. Listening to quiet. The solitude of a winter walk allows you to hear your footsteps and listen to your breathing without the interruption of life. Stillness is the key to serenity and ultimate indulgence.

  32. I am fortunate enough to lie in later most mornings when it is cold. I also enjoy my swimming in an indoor heated pool 3 times a week.

  33. Hey, my favorite indulgence is gettin to use my suave coats and knits🤗 as well as moisturizing since I barely need it in summer♥️🌸💛

  34. A cup of hot milo and a chocolate biscuit is my favourite after dinner treat. Watching telly and the munchies hit and popcorn and coconut marshmallows are yummy! Then a long, hot bath and lathering body lotion on afterwards. Love Bioderma!

  35. Would love a long luxurious soak in the tub and after putting my Bioderma mask nd creams for the night, pray nd get into bed nd catch up with all my soapies. This is my relaxing time after stressing with my matriculant my 4 other children nd my 6 grandchildren. Hmmmm.

  36. Winter is not my favourite season of the year,but I keep it warm and entertaining by always cooking nice and chllie food to keep me warm through out the season, drinking lots of tea or coffee in the morning or evening,hot chocolates and always having hot baths. 😍😍

  37. A warm cup of something 🙂 (Horlicks, Milo, Hot Chocolate or coffee) especially after our family went snowhunting! Wintertime=familty time=board games=cosy blankets=A-nice-cup-of-something-warm

  38. My favorite winter indulgent is to take a warm bath, with moisturizing oils, milk, salts. Nothing beats the feeling of a relaxed bath!

  39. My favourite Winter indulgence is soaking in a nice hot bath, 🛁 and then cosying up on the couch watching series! 🎥

  40. Winter is truly the time to rejuvenate & it’s the perfect time to don that super cute onesie! So my indulgence is having a pamper party with my daughter.. we jump into a Lush bubble bath and then jump into our cute onesies. Then it’s a nourishing mask whilst we sip on hot chocolate. Yummy! And we then give each other manis and pedis! So whilst it’s brrr cold outside, these two divas are getting smoking hot inside! The best part is my hubby would give anything join our pj winter party!

  41. My ultimate winter indulgence would be snuggling up with my children, watching movies. With the June holidays being in the middle of winter, I get to spend lots of indoor family time with them. Them eating lots of popcorn and me with my flavored cappuccino’s.

  42. I just love to sit on the couch with my blanket and water water bottle, drinking warm water with lemon juice watch my favourite movies on glow TV

  43. my favorite winter indulgence is a hot hot bunny chow with carrot salald and weirdly a hot cup of black tea… my skin routine is extra moisturizer and a slather of vaseline on my feet and neck area at night… does wonders

  44. In bed under warm blankets after a lovely bath with a hot mug of coffee, good book and my precious cat lying on my legs covered in a blanket

  45. My favorite winter indulgence is wrapped in a warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and whipped cream!

  46. My favourite is to sit all cuddled up in a blanket with my boyfriend infront of the heater, drink hot chocolate and watch a movie.

  47. My favourite winter indulgence is the comfort food that goes with a good winter – creamy soups, baked bread, tasty stews, warm puddings and lots of wine (“,)

  48. Am I the only one obsessed with “Onesies”?? 😰
    A good vintage of vino, keeping warm with a onesie from my collection and great conversation is always the cherry on top! 👌😊

  49. My favorite in winter is milo but specially now that I’m pregnant. Every winter my skin needs hydrating products even tho I try to drink as such water as I can. I would love to win this. I’m currently 7months pregnant, some skin tlc with be nice. Fingers crossed.

  50. Definitely hot chocolate with little marshmallows inside. Warms me up and I have a sweet treat right at the end.

  51. Watching a movie in my pj’s by the lounge by the fire place with a big mug of hot chocolate or coffee with popcorn, chocolate and chips.

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