Surviving The Elements
Don’t let the miserable winter weather give you the beauty blues.
Pucker-Up Avoid menthol or petroleum-based lip balms. They tend to dry your lips out even more than they already are, so that the more you apply, the dryer your lips become. Catch 22, anyone? Instead, look for balms or glosses with ingredients like shea butter and beeswax, both of which coat your lips with a layer that helps reduce trans-epidermal water loss and dryness.
Hydro Therapy Now is the time to swap your summer skincare in favour of winter hydration-boosters. You wouldn’t wear a bikini in December because it wouldn’t protect you from the cold, and the same goes for your skincare routine. Instead of a gel cleanser or toner, boost your skin’s moisture with a hydrating gel moisturiser. A drop in temperature often spells flaky patchy skin but, whatever you do, don’t peel it; spot-treat the area with a heavier moisturiser instead.
Protect and Perfect Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. UVA rays can age your skin even when it’s raining, so consider SPF application as important as brushing your teeth – you shouldn’t leave home without doing either. If you’ve already suffered damage, try Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector, €48 (left), which can help reduce visible wrinkles. Your skin won’t forget, but it can help forgive the visible effects of sun, stress and pollution.
For more on maintaining your gorgeous glow through winter, check out page 118 of this month’s STELLAR. Picture courtesy of Clinique