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Have dry skin in Australia's chilly winter season? Here's how to deal

Asian model applying Zen Botanics Dream Cream moisturiser to dry skin during winter

Winter's harsh winds and cold temperatures can wreak havoc on dry skin, leaving it tight, flaky, and uncomfortable. But fear not, winter warriors! This guide unlocks the secrets to a winter skincare routine that combats dryness and keeps your skin radiant. 

Why Winter Wrecks Dry Skin (and Why Summer Skincare Won't Cut It)

Dry skin lacks the natural oils needed to retain moisture. Winter's double whammy of low humidity and strong winds dries the air further, pulling moisture away from your skin. This weakens your skin barrier, leaving it vulnerable and even more dehydrated.

However, several factors conspire against us during winter:

  • Low Humidity: Winter air is significantly drier than summer air. This sucks the moisture right out of your skin, leaving it feeling parched and uncomfortable. Imagine a sponge left out in the desert – that's what happens to your skin!

  • Harsh Elements: Cold winds and even central heating can be incredibly drying. The constant assault strips away natural oils, leaving your skin vulnerable and irritated. Think of it like a delicate flower exposed to a blizzard.

  • Hot Showers: Sure, a steaming hot shower might feel amazing after a chilly day, but it can be disastrous for dry skin. Hot water disrupts the skin's natural barrier, further exacerbating dryness.

Summer skincare, often lightweight and focused on oil control, just won't do in winter. It lacks the power to provide the deep hydration and protection your dry skin craves. 

The Winter Skincare Heroes for Dry Skin

The key to surviving winter with healthy, glowing skin is to adapt your skincare routine. Here are some hero ingredients and practices to incorporate: 

Focus on hydrating and strengthening your skin barrier:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: This humectant magnet attracts and holds moisture in your skin for long lasting hydration your skin needs in winter. Apply a water-based hyaluronic acid serum like Clearing Rescue Serum after cleansing on damp skin before sealing in with your favourite moisturiser or face oil for a deep hydration boost. Because they are lightweight on skin and non-greasy, this makes them a great layering product to boost extra hydration under heavier moisturisers that battle the chilly forst. 
  • Niacinamide: This superstar soothes and strengthens your skin barrier, reducing redness while promoting hydration.  Studies show niacinamide can help can repair and improve your skin barrier for healthier, hydrated skin. Applying niacinamide topically can support the production ceramides, which are natural fats in your skin that are necessary for strengthening and maintaining a healthy skin barrier to prevent water loss and defend against potential irritants.

Nourishing Powerhouses:

  • Face Oils: Squalane and prickly pear oil are rich in emollients that soften and smooth your skin. Look for these in your winter skincare routine.
  • Shea Butter: This luxurious ingredient adds a protective layer, locking in moisture and preventing further dryness.

Look for these hero ingredients (conveniently all present in our amazing product range!) to transform your winter skincare routine.

Bonus Winter Skincare Tips for Dry Skin

  • Gentle Cleansing: Ditch harsh cleansers that strip away natural oils. Opt for an oil cleanser or cleansing balm followed with a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser that removes impurities without disrupting your skin's balance.
  • Double Down on Moisturising: Upgrade your moisturiser! Choose richer creams with shea butter and ceramides for long-lasting hydration, both day and night.
  • Seal the Deal: Layer a face oil after your moisturiser to create a protective barrier and prevent moisture loss.
  • SPF for Life: Sun protection is crucial year-round. Choose an SPF moisturizer to shield your skin from damaging UV rays, even in winter.

By understanding how winter affects dry skin and adjusting your routine accordingly, you can keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and protected throughout the cooler months. 


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