How a Beauty Editor keeps her skin in check all winter long

Sitting face-first in front of a fire, or just switching from air-conditioning to outside temps can leave skin feeling triggered and tortured. Keep your winter skin regime simple by investing in ingredients and formulas that nourish and restore, come summer you’ll be plump and radiant with no flakes insight.


A quick rinse before hitting the gym is fine, there’s no need to cleanse your skin properly until after a workout. On the days I stay in bed I often only do a rinse and apply my next steps – I don’t want to strip all the good stuff I put on my face the night before, especially when the active ingredients are still hard at work in the morning.

In winter skin is super thirsty, so my main focus is hydration and a serum or moisturiser loaded with hyaluronic acid is a no-brainer. You’ve heard about it before, it’s that ingredient that retains 1000times its weight in water so is basically a big drink for your skin, keeping it bouncy and hydrated all day.

Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum, $154, and The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $12,

After some water-binding action, I apply a Vitamin C cream. My skin is sensitive and super dry so I prefer layering lotions upon potions to trap moisture. However, if you’re into multitasking or don’t have time to do a multi-step regimen, go for a formula with Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in one handy bottle.

Vitamin C should be a staple in your kit, it’s a great all-rounder that does everythingfrom evening skin tone, protecting against pollution and can even reduce fine lines.

Sunday Riley C.E.O Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturiser, $99, and This Works Morning Expert Hyaluronic Serum, $73,

To finish off my face I apply sun protection. Yep, even in winter. If you only apply one thing make itsunscreen. You (and your skin) will thank me.

There’s a bountiful amount of slippery serums and lightweight lotions with no-nasties out there, so there’s no excuses for not wearing it anymore.

Ultraviolette SPF 50+ Queen Screen SPF 50+ Luminising Sun Serum, $47, and La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Tinted SPF50+, $29.95,


Since I didn’t cleanse in the morning I double cleanse at night. When the air is dry and you’re more likely to have sensitised skin go for a hydrating formula like an oil or cream over foam which can be too astringent. This’ll save you having to correct dehydration later.

Exfoliating is important too, but if you’re like me and you’re worried you’ll flare up, choose a gentle powder or lactic acid to gobble up dead skin. If you’re not, go for something with more horsepower like glycolic acid.

Herbario Antioxidant Cleansing Oil, $46, and Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $88.50,

After cleansing, I get into actives a la acids. I have a few on rotation depending on how my skin is feeling.

A retinol or Vitamin A should be another staple for youth-boosting results, the natural alternative being bakuchiol – which is a gem for my sensitive skin.

If it’s hydration I’m after I douse my face with oil. A 100 per cent pure plant oil promises no dirty ingredients, either. I massage it into my décolletage and chest, working up towards my face in long, sweeping motions and then dab around my eyes and onto lips.

Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème, $88, and Best Skin Nourishing Face Oil, $48,

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