Winter is coming. Is your winter skincare routine ready?
We reached out to three of our AlburyCBD skin and beauty experts, Erin Ryan from Luxe Skin Clinic*, Kellie McDonald from Bliss Skin & Body* and Desiree Gerogiou from Fashion Fingers Nail & Beauty Salon* and MODE Skin & Body to get their tips, tricks and best advice for men and women on taking care of your skin during winter.
The days are getting cooler and the nights longer, which can only mean one thing – winter is on the way.
This usually means swapping the shorts and sandals for jeans and boots and pulling the coats and scarves out from the back of the wardrobe. We might also shake up our weekly meals, adding hearty soups, roasts and bakes to our regular menu. Some of us may even change out the décor around the house and put the heavy doona on the bed.
The change in season is always a great excuse to change up our regular routines and do something new. While some of these might be obvious – like warmer clothes and comfort food – one not so obvious change that should take place is your skincare routine.
Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and it needs to be nourished and protected so it can function properly. The right skin care routine can maintain the delicate environment on the skin, fight aging signs and help the general health of our skin.
AlburyCBD: Why is it important to have a skincare routine?
Erin/Luxe Skin Clinic: Prevention is better than a cure! Changes in our diets and lifestyle has influenced many common skin conditions and concerns such as acne, rosacea, premature ageing and many other inflammatory conditions. Adopting a simple skincare routine may ensure healthy, glowing skin…. And save you a lot of money in the future!
Desiree/Fashion Fingers: A skincare routine is important to maintain the delicate environment on the skin, fight aging signs and help the general health of our skin. Your face is always exposed to the sun, wind, rain and temperatures and all of these things can cause our skin to prematurely age, dry out and be susceptible to different diseases and infections.
Kellie/Bliss Skin & Body: As our body’s largest organ, our skin needs to be protected and nourished. Just by following a basic skin care regime it is possible to protect the skin from everyday wear and tear and assist in combating environmental stresses such as pollution, sun and wind, exposure, lack of sleep, poor diet choices and work or lifestyle pressures.
AlburyCBD: Are there any differences for men and women? And why should men have a skincare routine too?
Erin/Luxe Skin Clinic: Men and women have different types of skin which may mean different skincare is needed but it is just as important for men! A skin consultation is the best place to start, and we can recommend a simple skincare routine or ensure you are using the right products for you skin.
Desiree/Fashion Fingers: Generally speaking, the makeup of the skin is the same for everyone regardless of gender. There are some superficial differences like pore size and oil production, but these can be also genetic and related to age. Everyone should have a skin care routine (even if it’s just a really good cleanser and sunscreen).
Kellie/Bliss Skin & Body: Men and women have different types of skin which may mean different skincare is needed, but it is just as important for men! A skin consultation is the best place to start, and we can recommend a simple skincare routine or ensure you are using the right products for you skin.
AlburyCBD: Is there a difference between what your skin needs to stay healthy during the winter compared to other seasons?
Erin/Luxe Skin Clinic: In general, winter weather and our indoor heating tends to dry the skin and reduce the water content so nourishing products are required like heavier moisturisers and oils.
Desiree/Fashion Fingers: Absolutely there is a difference between winter and summer skin and how we need to take care of it. It’s obviously colder in winter and we often find ourselves blasting the heater and neglecting our water intake making our skin dry and flaky. We also tend to skip the SPF, but the UV still comes through in winter.
In summer, we sweat a lot which dehydrates us and washes away our natural oil that protects our skin. We also pack on the SPF, great for protecting from the UV but also clogs our pores.
Kellie/Bliss Skin & Body: As the cooler weather sets in, our skin changes. Spending more time indoors and in heating and the cold air outside can cause the sebaceous glands to produce less oil, therefore making our skin feel dryer. It’s important to counteract this by adding in some essential fatty acids into your skincare regime as well as through diet.
Dermaviduals has 7 super oils that can be custom blended into your daily moisturiser which will help keep your skin protected over winter.
AlburyCBD: What’s one easy tip men and women can follow during winter for their skincare routine?
Erin/Luxe Skin Clinic: Add a hydrating mask into your routine once a week, giving your skin a big drink of water will prevent dehydration in your skin.
Desiree/Fashion Fingers: DRINK ALL THE WATER, dehydration is something that every single face I’ve ever seen has been battling against and we really do lessen the water intake during winter making this problem worse. Your skin is an organ, and it’s thirsty.
Kellie/Bliss Skin & Body: Keep skin nourished! The addition of a hydrating serum or nourishing oil is your skin’s best defence against the cool temperature.
AlburyCBD: What are your favourite skincare products to recommend to clients?
Erin/Luxe Skin Clinic: We work with DMK which is a cosmeceutical, prescription only range and we also stock Maeemo which is an organic, natural range.
Desiree/Fashion Fingers: My current go to products are the Mode Renew Milk Cleanser and Moisturiser. They don’t dry you out or leave you feeling too heavy or sticky and they have an amazing smell. The Repair and Nourish Oil is the best for a light but long wearing cover on top of the moisturiser and makes a great base for makeup once it soaks in.
Kellie/Bliss Skin & Body: Winter is the best time to embark on some skin rejuvenation. Our favourite winter treatment is Microneedling or Collagen Induction Therapy. A rejuvenation treatment where microscopic punctures to the epidermis stimulate healthy new collagen production and epidermal growth factors to restore and rejuvenate skin.
Finally, wear your sunscreen!
*Bonus – these businesses are part of our AlburyCBD Gift Card program!
Thanks to Erin Ryan from Luxe Skin Clinic, Kellie McDonald from Bliss Skin & Body and Desiree Gerogiou from Fashion Fingers Nail & Beauty Salon and MODE Skin & Body for providing the information for this article. Answers have been edited for length and clarity.
Produced by Rhiannon Veness in partnership with AlburyCBD