Winter has a way of sucking moisture from your skin. Even worse so when you’ve had a cold like I’ve just had. Every year around May, my skin starts feeling tight and uncomfortable, sometimes even a little flaky. It’s clear that it needs more moisture, but I don’t want to throw out my current products and replace them with more moisture rich ones. Here’s my personal trick to extend my summer products’ life – I buy one extra product, a facial oil to help boost my skin’s moisture levels.
ADD FACIAL OIL
All of us are trying to stretch our budget, and skincare can be super expensive. So, before you dump your summer moisturisers and replace them with richer products for winter, consider adding facial oil to your routine to help boost oil and moisture to your skin while still using your current products.
Method: For super dry skin, layer the oil directly onto your skin and follow with your moisturiser. For a slight moisture boost, mix a few drops of your facial oil into your moisturiser.
Here’s an example, I’m currently testing the brand new Prisma Protect SPF 30 by Dermalogica (so far I’m loving it, full review to follow), this product will be absolutely perfect for my skin during summer when it’s a little more oily, but in winter, personally, I feel the product needs a slight moisture boost. So, I add the Phyto Replenish Oil as a layer underneath. Facial oils are generally more affordable than moisturisers, and by adding an oil under (or to) your moisturiser, you’ll be able to finish your summer moisturiser and not waste it.
Here are a few of my favourite facial oils.
1. Kudu Squalane, 30ml, R369 BUY ON KUDU COSMETICA
An ultra moisturising oil (made in SA) that’s perfect for extra night-time hydration.
2. Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil, 30ml, R1379 BUY ON DERMALOGICA
A fragrance-free, feather light oil that’s great under makeup.
3. Pyunkang Yul Oil, 26ml, R320 BUY ON GLOW THEORY
An anti-oxidant rich oil that can also be used on dry hair.
4. Skin Creamery Jojoba, Melon Seed and Boabab Facial Hydrating Oil, 30ml, R295 BUY ON FAITHFUL TO NATURE
This (SA made) oil smells heavenly and provides deep hydration.
DON’T FORGET TO EXFOLIATE & DO MASKS
I find exfoliation just as important in winter as in summer. It helps keep the flakiness to a minimum and my skin smooth and healthy-looking. I do however find that some exfoliators can dry out my skin even more. So, after exfoliation I add extra moisture to the skin.
1. SKOON. Papaya & Pineapple Enzyme Exfoliating Mask, 100ml, R495 BUY ON FAITHFUL TO NATURE
Papain and Bromelain, as well as white kaolin clay gently exfoliate the skin and remove deeply embedded impurities to give you smoother, clearer and more radiant skin. Made in SA.
2. Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer, 35 doses, R1129 BUY ON DERMALOGICA
One of my all-time favourites! A leave-on treatment that comes in convenient single-dose “finger mitts”. Seriously worth the investment. Can be used 2-3 times a week or even daily.
3. Juice Beauty Green Apple™ Peel Full Strength Exfoliating Mask, 60ml, R972 BUY ON FAITHFUL TO NATURE
Feel the tingle as the apple enzymes go to work. A vegan product.
4. Delarom Exfoliating Pink Clay Mask, 50ml, R660 BUY ON METROPOLITAIN
This Exfoliating Pink Clay Mask with softening and purifying properties transforms itself into a gentle peel to eliminate dead cells and impurities.
In summer I use masks to deep cleanse my skin and keep oil and breakouts at bay, but in winter I switch to nourishing masks that help elevate the moisture levels.
1. Lindsay Vitamin Modeling Rubber Mask, one application, R80 BUY ON K-BEAUTY AFRICA
I love this mask. It has instant effects! It is infused with a blend of vitamins including Vitamin C, as well as Niacinamide, which help brighten and renew skin. It also contains Lactococcus Lactis, a probiotic that helps soothe irritated skin.
2. Leegeehaam Hyal B5 Moisture Mask, one mask, R70 BUY ON K-BEAUTY AFRICA
A sheet mask containing Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 is exactly what you need for deep hydration.
3. Dr Sebagh Rose de Vie Hydrating Mask, 100ml, R1990 BUY ON METROPOLITAIN
I find this mask ultra calming in the middle of winter when my skin is irritated and sensitive. Its ingredients work together to regenerate, moisturise and purify the skin, leaving it replenished and radiant.
Do you have any tips on how to keep your skin happy during winter? We’d love to learn more! Leave us a comment below this post.
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