The skin on your entire body needs some extra TLC at this time of year, so it makes sense to have a smart hydration strategy. “Dryness is especially common in the winter as the humidity levels drop drastically,” says dermatologist Dr Marina Peredo. “During these months, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly than in the humid summer months.” Use these tips from Dr Peredo and other experts to get smooth and silky from head to toe.
Prep in the morning
Wake up your skin
A few times a week, use a dry brush to exfoliate your body and stimulate your lymphatic system. “Starting at your hands and feet, brush skin upward toward your heart in short, firm strokes,” says Erica Parker, a celebrity aesthetician.
“For your chest, back and stomach, use a circular counterclockwise motion.”
Prevention pick: The Body Shop Cactus Brush (RRP $19, thebodyshop.com)
Shield your kisser
“To protect your smile from the drying effects of a hot shower, swipe on lip balm before turning on the water,” says celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada.
Prevention pick: Mavala Lip Balm
Use hydrating cleansers
Go with an oil
If your skin flakes even after you’ve applied lotion, it’s time to take a closer look at the products you’re using. “Avoid cleansers that contain harsh detergents like ammonium lauryl sulfate, which
can make your skin dry out faster,” Dr Peredo says. A better option? Use washes enriched with oil, such as argan, jojoba or sunflower seed, which both cleanse and moisturise.
Prevention pick: Nivea Shower Cream and Oil Pearls
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Moisturise twice every day
Lotion up after showering
“To fight dryness, look for a body cream formulated with ceramides or fatty acids to bind skin cells and prevent scaly skin,” says dermatologist Dr Ted Lain. “Also look for humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, since they bring in moisture.”
Prevention pick: QV Intensive with Ceramides Moisturising Cream
Soften skin overnight
“Constant exposure to cold, dry air and moisture-zapping indoor heat will leave your body parched by day’s end,” Dr Peredo says. To the rescue? A dose of body oil. It will quickly sink in to calm tight, itchy skin before bedtime.
Prevention pick: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Oil
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First published: 1 Jul 2019