Defeating Winter Dryness

“Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she’s going to come around and whack you.You’ve got to be prepared.”

Note to self:Define‘whack’. A klap hard enough to make my eyes water or a gentle reprimand? Surely not. But then again, if Mother Nature can rustle up bolts of lightning, floods, volcanoes and earthquakes perhaps challenging her to a game of Russian Roulette may be a bit like poking the bear. Besides, losing is demoralising so ‘be prepared’ it is!

Cold weather can be brutal on the skin because wind and artificial heating are moisture vampires. The solution is to increase water content and repair the skin’s natural barrier. This can be achieved internally by drinking water throughout the day, switching to caffeine-free beverages like herbal teas, and cutting back on alcohol consumption. Externally, the skin needs more intensive moisturization– apart from the discomfort, cracked skin represents a welcome mat for bacteria.

Without adequate moisturization, skin will look dull, chalky or ashen. When upping the amp to prepare for drier skin, be guided by degree of skin dryness, skin type, life stage and budget. Check out our suggestions per category for the pre-winter switch:

Face

Cleansers: Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, BioNike Defence Radiance Milk

Toners:BioNike Defence Refreshing Toning Lotion, Sensai Lotion II, Garnier Softening Toner or IQ Derma Quench Rose Blossom Toner.

Exfoliators:Nutri Women dermaceutics Exfoliating Scrub, BioNike Defence Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

Moisturizers:Coverderm Maxydrat Visage, Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Densifying Nourishing Balm (mature skin AM & PM)

Night creams:BioNike Defence Elixage Nuit R3, Eucerin Hyaluronic Filler, Clarins HydraQuench Rich Cream.

Masks:Gatineau Nutriactive Glycomasque Cream Mask, BioNike Rosys Soothing Mask or any one of the Freeman Feeling Beautiful facial masks.

Lips

Try using a very soft kiddie’s toothbrush to exfoliate lips twice a week.

BioNike Defence Elixage, Contour Eye-Lip Balm or Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

Hands

Exfoliate hands at the same time as you do your face.

Dermactin-TS Restorative Hand Cream, Bioderma Atoderm Ultra Repair Hand & Nailor African Extracts Rooibos SPF 15 Enriched Hand & Nail Cream

Body

Frequent or hot showers/baths strip the skin of natural oils so take shorter showers/baths in warm rather than hot water.

Palmolive Thermal Spa Skin Renewal Coconut Scrub Shower Creamand Epimax Lotion.

Feet

The Scholl Electronic Foot Fileis very useful for buffing heels.

Freeman Barefoot Foot Balm, Skin Republic Foot Active sachet, Beauty Treats Foot Care Cream or Eulactol Heel Balm.

Sunscreen

UV rays may not be as strong but they’re still present so keep up with the sunscreen daily. Try the BioNike Defence Sun 50+or 30, Eucerin Sun Lotion Extra Light or Nivea Sun.

BE PREPARED FOR FLARES

Eczema: Intensive moisturization using soothing, anti-itch products in flare areas and keep wool away from direct contact with the skin. Try the BioNike Triderm Alfarange.

Psoriasis: To relieve itchy, dry and painful scales, soak in warm oleated water for a few minutes, pat dry and moisturise – try Avène XeraCalm A.D.

Rosacea:Apply a soothing barrier cream to reduce flush, dryness and discomfort. Look out for the following specialist ranges – Bioderma Sensibioor BioNike Defence Rosys.

There’s absolutely no reason why anyone should suffer from the discomfort of dry, winter skin. There are so many excellent products formulated to defeat winter dryness.

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