Yes, winter’s here again. Forget hot cocoa and cozy Netflix nights. It’s well and truly the time of rough, dry, flaky skin. When temperatures plummet, winds bite, and the heating is on, our complexion bears the brunt. But no matter how parched, tight or uncomfortable your skin is, these tried-and-tested practical tips will get you back to soft and glowing.
Cleanse gently once a day
A less-than-ideal cleansing routine can make things worse. Winter skin needs ultra-gentle, hydrating cleansers that remove all the things you don’t want (impurities, SPF, makeup) without stripping away the protective lipid barrier. Avoid soap-based face washes and foaming agents like SLS and SLES, and cleanse in the PM only. Rinse with skin-friendly tepid water (never hot) and pat skin dry. Tip: skin should never feel squeaky clean or tight after cleansing. Apply moisturizer or serum while’s skin’s still damp to seal in that much-needed hydration.
Packed with hydrating glycerin, magnolia berry, and burdock, Six Gldn’s Botanical Cleansing Gel soothes dryness and transforms skin to soft, supple and nourished.
Keep skincare simple
When dry, flaky patches hit you might be tempted to reach for multi-step actives and powerful exfoliators. But the key to a plump, happy, luminous complexion is a strong barrier, which is stressed by harsh ingredients. Less is more in winter – ease back to the essentials that calm, soothe, and boost moisture and hydration. Exfoliate very gently just once or twice a week to lift dead skin cells and remove flakes.
Six Gldn’s Botanical Toner, infused with antioxidant ginseng, licorice and burdock, is a powerful skin-soother. It sweeps away dulling dead cells and allows hydration to work even harder.
Get even more moisture from hyaluronic acid
Flaky, tight, or red skin needs a moisture boost, followed by nourishing, oil-based occlusives to trap it in. Hyaluronic acid is one of our favorite humectants that draws water from the environment into thirsty skin and makes it lovely and plump. But in colder months, when the heating’s sucked the air dry, there’s not much humidity to be found – and this moisture-magnet is so effective it’ll draw water from your skin. Here’s how to make the magic happen: apply hyaluronic acid when skin’s still wet after cleansing. Follow up with a nourishing moisturizer or face oil rich in fatty acids (the building blocks of the barrier), antioxidants, and nutrient-rich plant oils and butters. This protective veil seals in all that quenching water and keeps thirsty skin soft and comfortable.
Six Gldn’s multitasking Essential Moisturizer restores a healthy glow and keeps skin soft, strong, and luminous with hyaluronic acid, fatty acid-rich hemp seed oil, argan oil, glycerin and astragalus.
With a unique blend of deeply hydrating oils and antioxidant-packed superherb extracts, Six Gldn’s Nourishing Face Oil restores radiance and replenishes the natural barrier for velvety-soft, plump skin.
Eat your way to better skin
Of course, the state of our skin isn’t always down to what we slather on it. It starts with what we eat. The right fuel – food packed with skin-loving nutrients – can have a major impact on a dull, dry, radiance-zapped complexion. For a healthy glow, up your intake of omegas from oily fish such as herring, sardines, and salmon. Don’t eat fish? Chia, hemp, flaxseeds and walnuts are all excellent sources of fatty acids. Vitamin A helps keep skin moisturized – pack your diet with yellow, red and orange fruit and vegetables like carrots, squash, bell peppers, sweet potato and mango. A compromised barrier and dry, cracked skin and lips can be a sign that your body lacks B vitamins. Top up from chicken, beef, eggs, cheese, avocado, broccoli and bananas.