Complexion perfection: the hydration edit
From the drying chill outside to those radiating indoor heaters, winter brings with it a flurry of moisture depleting environments that can leave your skin dry, itchy, flaky and downright lacklustre. But never fear! If it's complexion perfection you're craving, here's our round up of pro tips and the best thirst-quenching ingredients around to give you that hydrated, plump and oh-so dewy skin you've been dreaming of.
1, 2, 3 GLOW!
Just as we insulate ourselves by slipping on a few warmer layers during the colder months, your skin may also need a few extra layers of TLC. The cold snap presents a good time to shake up your skincare routine and try something new, as you may need to arm yourself with a heavier moisturiser before braving the conditions. The secret to keeping winter skin happy and healthy is to tackle hydration at 3 levels. Let's go!
1. Create a barrier to retain moisture
The key role of a moisturiser is to seal the epidermal layers of your skin to prevent moisture loss. Look out for products featuring emollients such as botanical oils - we recommend looking for parsley seed, jojoba, argan, olive and rose hip oils, as these also contain powerful antioxidant properties. Pro tip: add a few drops of one of these oils to your regular moisturiser to seal in that hydration this season.
The Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate from David Jones or Farmers or the Sukin Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil from Chemist Warehouse, Life Pharmacy or Farmers are both nourishing facial oils that will help you lock in that glow throughout the day.
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A lesser known ingredient making headlines in Korean beauty is niacinamide. Also called nicotinamide, it's a form of vitamin B3 which not only improves acne, hyper-pigmentation and redness but creates a ceramide or lipid barrier to prevent further moisture loss from the superficial layers of your skin. Supercharge your skin with the Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial™ overnight mask from MECCA, The Ordinary Niacinimide Serum from Farmers or the OLAY Mist Niacinamide & Aloe Vera Calming Essence from Chemist Warehouse or Countdown to reap the amazing benefits of niacinamide.
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2. Infuse your skin cells with hydration and nutrients
The next step is to introduce hydrators into your skincare routine which deliver water directly to the cells. These ingredients are also hailed by oily and combination skin types as a gamechanger, as they provide relief from the harsh winter air without clogging the pores. Touted as the holy grail of hydrators, hyaluronic acid is a humectant with the ability to hold and bind moisture to the skin. Try the most raved about products in this group, including Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum from MECCA, the Clinique Moisture Surge™ 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator from MECCA or the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel from Chemist Warehouse or Countdown to reap the amazing benefits of niacinamide for a hyaluronic acid boost. Keep an eye out for other coveted hydrators like aloe, lactic acid and snail mucin which also accelerate the skin's moisture levels.
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3. Feeding your skin from within
Finally, healthy, hydrated skin comes from the inside, so here's some of the very best skin-glowing foods to help combat that dry, cold weather complexion. The skin is the largest organ of our bodies, so eating well and drinking plenty of water goes hand-in-hand with a great skincare regime. If you need a little extra help, chat to the experts at MECCA, Farmers, The Cosmetic Clinic, Life Pharmacy or Chemist Warehouse for the best skincare supplements to suit you. Get glowing, ladies and gents!
- Oily fish for essential fatty acids (such as salmon, mackerel and tuna)
- Nuts and seeds for healthy fats, vitamin E and zinc (such as almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds)
- Fruits and vegetables containing beta carotene (such as sweet potatoes, oranges, spinach and capsicums)
- Avocados for healthy fats, vitamin C and E
- Coconut oil for healthy fats, vitamins E, K and antimicrobial properties
- Matcha green tea for catechins, vitamin A, C, K and B-Complex
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