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Quick! It’s time to get your Winter skin care in order. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the weather change already. My lips are dry, my skin looks dull, meanwhile I have a breakout in my chin area from wrapping my scarf around half my face, and I’m still using the products I bought three months ago when everything was sunny and warm. Now it’s time for me to replace what I’ve been using and make room for all my new Winter goodies.

If you are one of those people that walk around with tight dry skin and chapped lips and brave it thinking it’s all part and parcel of cold weather, then you deserve a slap on the wrist. You are neglecting your skin! In the cooler months, your skin has completely different needs than in the warmer months. For instance, when it’s hot, I’m much more focused on keeping skin clean and keeping oil at bay. Exfoliation is huge for me to prevent clogged pores and sun protection in your products is a must! In winter, we tend to be drier and our skin is more dehydrated, so oil is not a problem as much. Instead we are looking for heavier creams and hydration, hydration, hydration!

Now not all of us have the money to replace all our products halfway though the year, so at first, try replacing one or two items. Products typically last only a few months anyway, so when your moisturiser or cleanser runs out (as they will) replace it with one more suited to your skin in cold weather. If you find that your skin care is fine as it is, by all means, continue. It’s really about paying attention to what your skin needs and making sure you have the products to keep it looking good.

If you are feeling a little stumped then here’s a skincare guide that can point you into the right direction.

peter-thomas-roth-gentle-foaming-cleanserPeter Thomas Roth. Gentle Foaming Cleanser $39.95

I’m a big fan of the Peter Thomas Roth products, for one, they are extremely effective and two, they are sold at a great price point. This cleanser is foaming, which is fab for those of you who really need a lather to feel cleansed, but the formulation is gentle enough not to strip already dehydrated skin. This cleanser uses wheat amino acids to help leave skin hydrated, whilst it also contains antioxidants from vitamins A, C and E, which we all know is very important to protect skin and fight ageing.

Peter Thomas Roth is available at Mecca Cosmetica www.meccacosmetica.com.au

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Societe Clinical Skincare. Deep Thermal Cleanser $79.20

Wow what a product! Consider this deep cleansing treatment as your Winter miracle. The cleanser’s clay formulation self-heats which helps to go deep into removing impurities and exfoliating away all your yucky dead skin. Could you imagine anything better than getting home from the cold whacking a self warming clay on your face? AND it effectively keeps your skin looking soft and clear.

Even though skin is not producing as much oil in Winter, exfoliating is still extremely important in keeping skin looking youthful and clear of breakouts. We just need to be a little more gentle. This Deep Thermal Cleanser, is the perfect way to achieve that. This cleanser is best used once or twice a week depending on skin, so the infrequency of use is gentler than exfoliating daily. Regular use of this product and you will see your skin become brighter, less congested and the overall texture and tone of skin will be improved!

Societe is available at http://www.advancedskintechnology.com.au/

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Elemental Herbology. Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator $92.00

This rich hydrating cream contains large dose of antioxidants, helps reactivate collagen production in the skin and overall, helps hydrate and plump up skin, restoring a natural radiance to your complexion. This skin cream is perfect for those with sensitive or mature skin as well. It also contains SPF 8 which is extremely important. Just because it isn’t summer, doesn’t mean that we cut sunscreen. Infact, overcast and cloudy days can enhance the severity of UV rays on the skin. You see, it’s not an urban myth!

This product is perfect for the colder seasons, steer clear if you are prone to oily or combination skin even in winter as this product will be far too heavy.

Elemental Herbology is available at Mecca Cosmetica www.meccacosmetica.com.au

 

 

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Cosmedix. Eye Genuis Brilliant Eye Complex. $81.40

Now don’t forget your under-eye! It’s the most sensitive and delicate of all the skin on our body, therefore it must receive some special T.L.C in winter time. What’s special about this eye-cream is it not only protects the delicate skin under the eye, it utilises a whole host of powerful ingredients to hydrate, lessen signs of ageing and fine lines, firms, calms and reduces puffiness and dark circles. This is why the name Eye Genius is apt. Another reason this is my eye treatment of choice is the light-reflecting ingredient mica, gives the under eye area an instant boost of brightness.

Cosmedix is available at http://www.advancedskintechnology.com.au/

 

 

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Ella Bache. Detox Aromatique Extra-matifying cream $69

This detoxifying and matifying moisturiser helps to hydrates, minimises pores, smoothes skin and creates a flawless, silky finish. The great thing about this moisturiser is that the active ingredients are grapefruit seed extract, green zinc and lentil extract and work naturally to regulate sebaceous gland activity meaning your skin will always be looked after if the climate is too cool or dry. The micro pearls help to absorb excess sebum.

Ella Bache is available at www.ellabache.com.au or leading Ella Bache stockists.

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Elemental Herbology. Wind and Cold Therapy $35.00

So we’ve talked skin on your face but let’s not forget hands and other sensitive areas of the body that get particularly damaged by the cold weather, such as lips, or elbows or anywhere where skin can become dry, cracked or inflamed. Not only does this cream nourish and help heal overexposed skin. It also creates a protective barrier from the elements. Now I’m not meaning a snowstorm trekking to Mt Everest base camp, I mean your every day, walk to work/public transport/turning heaters on/dehydrated skin aliments. This rich cream is a godsend, and a little goes a long way.

Elemental Herbology is available at Mecca Cosmetica www.meccacosmetica.com.au

 

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REN. Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil $66.00

The scent of the Moroccan Rose Oil is to die for! I use the body wash and moisturiser at home religiously. However, in the colder weather we are more inclined to take warmer showers or baths and stay in there for longer. A little tip that I have learned a long the way is to use a body oil whilst bathing so you are putting back oils into your skin the hot water takes out. It is also a really effective way to moisturise the whole body without having to lift a finger or stand out naked in the cold whilst trying to rub cream in places you cant reach. The water disperses the oil all over your skin for you and if you’re like me and want a shower hotter than most can handle, then you need to be putting back into your skin.

REN is available at Mecca Cosmetica www.meccacosmetica.com.au

 

About The Author

Georgia Walsh

Georgia Walsh is a Melbourne based make-up artist, who is passionate about making women look and feel gorgeous through good practices of skincare and of course the art of makeup application. Georgia specialises in photographic, film and beauty makeup and her training and experience enables her to create a flawless look time after time. www.georgiawalshmakeup.com

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