With winter approaching it’s time to start thinking about changing up your skin routine. The colder weather can dry out your skin and the lack of sun can make your complexion appear dull.

For facial skin care, hydration during winter is key! It’s vital to use products that provide and retain moisture in the skin, gently exfoliate your face and keep your lips from chapping. Ditch the lightweight moisturisers for thicker creams that lock in moisture, calm and soothe the skin. Dermatologist Dr Adam Geyer says “the hierarchy of hydration goes gel, lotion, cream, oil, ointment”. He also recommends applying moisturiser to damp skin as soon as you step out of the shower because you’re prone to dryness at this time.

Using a serum under your moisturiser is also beneficial as it hydrates skin cells in the lower layer ensuring that they are healthy when they come to the surface of skin. In terms of exfoliating, you only need to do this one to three times a week. Over exfoliation will leave you with dry, flaky skin exacerbated by harsh winter weather. Gentle exfoliating will get rid of dead skin cells and leave you with a glowing radiance.

The key ingredients to look out for include glycerin, aloe and vitamin E as they help lock in moisture, stimulate circulation and soothe the skin. Products containing antioxidants are perfect for boosting collagen production.

Couturing brings you our top 5 products for superb facial skincare this winter.

Darphin Hydraskin Light Gel Cream










 Intensely nourishing yet also light weight, this gel cream is ideal for normal to combination skin. The cream helps to give you hydrated, dewy-fresh looking skin using powerful hydra-structure technology. Ingredients include butterfly lavender and kiwi fresh cells that produces a luminous glowing complexion. As well as providing intense moisture, the cream smells divine!

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask











 This radiance mask is ideal to brighten your complexion during Winter! The peel mask aims to leave you glowing, reduce fine lines, improve skin tone and firmness. The mask is effective on congested and mature skin but is also quite gentle. With a beautiful citrus scent, leave on for 10 minutes before washing off and see some great results on post acne scarring, blemishes and blackheads as well!

Peter Thomas Roth: Viz-1000 serum

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For intense hydration during winter, this serum works wonders! It is a highly concentrated 75% hyaluronic acid complex that achieves hydration by attracting 1000 times its weight in water from moisture in the air. Wear the serum under your moisuturiser for increased hydration during winter. The serum aims to particularly assist ageing and environmentally damaged skin and increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious:











Don’t neglect your lips during winter! To help keep your pout kissable, Lip De-Luscious is incredibly hydrating, conditioning lips with a botanical rich formula including pomegranate seed oil, vitamin E and SPF 25. For even more nourishment, the lip balm contains evening primrose, calendula, avocado and jojoba oils with a slight pink tint that means you can even leave off wearing lipstick sometimes!

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask:

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Finally make the most of your beauty sleep by indulging in Kiehl’s Hydrating Mask! This gem works its wonder while you sleep. It increases your skin’s ability to retain water producing intensely hydrated and youthful looking skin.

Start implementing your winter facial care today and protect your skin during the harsh weather!

About The Author

A Melbourne city girl through and through, Olivia is a Communications student at RMIT. After dreaming of crossing international waters her entire life, she has spent the last six months studying in Leeds, England. As cliched as it is, she believes travel really is the only thing that makes you richer and intends to spend the rest of her life exploring and discovering the world. A lover of the arts, good food and quality wine she realises the importance of being an enthusiast in life. Because honestly, lukewarm is no good for anything. Twitter: @oliviawindsor Blog: http://exchangeonaplatter.wordpress.com

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