Winter is coming (I see you GOT fans), and along with it, plenty of skin problems that usually include chapped lips, dry skin, dullness, and more. And we know, your skin is the last thing you want to deal with while trying to brave the colder days. The cooler temperatures, the aircon set on high, and that extra glass of red wine to warm you up aren’t doing you any favours either.
GLAMOUR is here to help and we’ve come up with the best tricks for handling those cold-weather skin upsets.
The harsh weather conditions alone may be responsible for your flaky lips, but other offenders include that pesky aircon and even applying your lip ice to frequently throughout the day. The best cure is an extra-gentle exfoliation with a sugar scrub or a soft face cloth that can assist in wiping away the dead skin cells. Follow with a moisturizing lip balm application before bed. And hard as it may be, resist the urge to lick your lips, saliva has an acidic pH, which can cause more irritation than hydration.
Lush Chocolate Lip Scrub R105
the main culprit of puffy skin is fluid retention (a.k.a., what happens when you’ve overloaded with salt, sushi, canapés, and those delicious cheese straws from Woolies). But lack of sleep and overindulging on alcohol can also bring it on.
If you’re looking for a quick fix to undereye bags is the classic tea bag trick. Lightly dampen two green tea bags with cool water and place them under your eyes for 10 minutes. For a more long-term fix, a caffeine-based serum like Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair will tighten and firm all over if your whole face feels puffy. And start downing water like you’ve just discovered it in the desert. Staying hydrated means you’ll excrete out all the excess salt and alleviate puffiness.
Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair R1480
Similarly to those dry lips, having that aircon up on high 24/7 is a primary culprit, but so are the long, hot showers you’re taking (except Cape Townians, we see you!)
Your first impulse might be to scrub all the dry skin away. If you’re going heavy on the exfoliation and your skin is patchy and dry, this might be a sign you may be disrupting the skin’s protective moisture barrier. Instead of exfoliating, try hydrating. Swap out your regular face washes for a creamy and nonfoaming cleanser or a micellar water.
Garnier Micellar Sensitive R79.95
Then look for moisturizing creams and serums with ceramides. Keep showers short and lukewarm—and apply your hydrator within five minutes of exiting the shower, while the bathroom is still steamy.
Advanced Anti-Ageing Moisturiser Serum – Oil Free R515