The ultimate winter skin survival guide. How to keep your skin health and happy this winter

Winter Skin Survival Guide

Winter in Australia is notorious for bringing out the worst in our skin. As the temperature drops, the air becomes drier, and indoor heating sucks the moisture out of the environment, leaving our skin parched and vulnerable. Understanding how our skin functions and the impact of cold weather is essential for maintaining a healthy complexion during the colder months.


Understanding Winter Skin Concerns

Our skin is a remarkable organ, acting as a protective barrier against environmental stressors. However, winter's harsh conditions can disrupt this barrier. Cold air, low humidity, and indoor heating strip away the skin’s natural oils, leading to dryness, flakiness, and irritation. The skin’s ability to retain moisture diminishes, causing dehydration. Dehydrated skin not only looks dull but can also lead to increased sensitivity, redness, and even breakouts - making it crucial to adopt a comprehensive skincare routine that addresses these unique challenges.


Combatting Winter Blues: The Importance of Hydration

Hydration is the cornerstone of healthy skin. Our skin maintains hydration through a balance of water, lipids, and natural moisturising factors that keep the barrier intact and functional. When this balance is disrupted, the skin struggles to retain moisture, leading to dryness and a compromised barrier. Hydrating the skin involves more than just slathering on a moisturiser; it requires a multifaceted approach to restore and maintain this delicate balance.



The First Step to Hydration

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin's surface. It’s a crucial step in any skincare routine, especially in winter. Dead skin cells can accumulate, creating a barrier that prevents hydrating products from penetrating effectively. If you're using various hydrating products but still experiencing dryness, an exfoliant might be the missing link.

By sloughing off these dead cells, exfoliation enhances the efficacy of your skincare products, allowing them to penetrate deeper and work more efficiently. The term efficacy refers to the ability of a product to produce the desired effect. Regular exfoliation can prevent dullness and breakouts, promoting smoother, more radiant skin.

What to use for a gentle yet effective exfoliation experience.

AHA Power Exfoliant


Targeted Serums

Deep Hydration and Repair

Serums are a powerhouse in any skincare routine, particularly in winter. Unlike moisturisers, which often sit on the skin's surface, serums have a lipid-soluble base that allows active ingredients to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin.

Vitamin A Corrector

This serum accelerates skin renewal by exfoliating at a cellular level. It stimulates collagen and elastin production, essential for maintaining skin firmness and elasticity. This serum is particularly beneficial in winter as it helps repair and rejuvenate the skin, leaving it clarified, refined, and brighter.

Usage: Apply 0.25ml (1 pump) to a cleansed face, neck, and décolletage 2-3 times a week, followed by a moisturiser.

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Vitamin B3 Complex

Also known as niacinamide, Vitamin B3 enhances skin clarity, hydration, and illumination while boosting collagen and elastin production. It strengthens the skin barrier, making it more resilient against harsh winter conditions. It also helps reduce inflammation and improve skin texture.

Usage: Apply daily to cleansed skin. Massage 0.25ml (1 pump) onto the face, neck, and décolletage.

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Vitamin C Serum

This is the ultimate antioxidant hydration serum. Vitamin C targets free radicals and environmental damage, which can be more pronounced in winter. This serum brightens the skin, reduces pigmentation, and enhances overall radiance.

Usage: Use twice weekly. Massage 0.25ml (1 pump) onto cleansed face, neck, and décolletage.

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Upgrade Your Moisturiser

Moisturisers are vital for replenishing the water your skin loses throughout the day. Look for moisturisers containing hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which attracts and retains moisture, and Vitamin B3 or Zinc, which help restore and enhance skin health. Even if you have oily or combination skin, moisturising is essential as dehydration can lead to increased oil production and clogged pores.

So which moisturiser ticks all of those boxes?

All Day Hydration

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Further enhance your moisturiser by adding a few drops of Miracle Facial Oil Complex. Rich in essential fatty acids, this oil nourishes the skin, boosts hydration, and supports the skin's natural barrier.

Use a Humidifier

Indoor heating systems can create a dry environment, exacerbating skin dryness. A cool mist-style humidifier helps balance the ambient humidity levels, preventing your skin from becoming parched. Enhance your bedroom with a humidifier and an essential oil diffuser to create a spa-like atmosphere, ensuring you wake up feeling and looking refreshed.


Don't Skip SPF in Winter

Many people tend to forgo SPF during winter, thinking the sun's rays are less harmful. However, UV radiation can penetrate through clouds and still cause damage. Wearing sunscreen daily protects your skin from premature aging and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF that suits your skin type and apply it as the final step in your morning skincare routine.

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Additional Lifestyle Tips for Winter Skin Care

  • Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help maintain skin hydration from the inside out.

  • Fuel your body

Consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and flaxseeds, to support skin health.

  • Avoid hot showers

While it might be tempting in the cold weather, hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils. Opt for lukewarm showers instead.

Winter skincare doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By understanding the unique challenges your skin faces during the colder months and adopting a tailored skincare routine, you can maintain a healthy, radiant complexion all winter long. Focus on hydration, incorporate exfoliation, and use targeted serums to address specific concerns. Small changes like using the right moisturiser, investing in a humidifier, and never skipping SPF can have dramatically beneficial effects on your skin. With these tips in mind, your skin will not only survive but thrive throughout the winter season!

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