Beauty and Skincare Essentials for Winter

It’s that time of year again; its windy, its rainy and your skin is likely paying the price for the change in weather (and maybe that increase in comfort food? No judgements here!). Giving your skin the attention it deserves is essential during these colder months, but where do you start?! We put it to our knowledgeable makeup tutors to give you some tips, tricks and product recommendations for all skin-types throughout this chilly spell.

Nick says…

  • Lip balm is a godsend during the colder months as dry, cracked, wind burnt lips are super common! MAC Lip Conditioner is great. Super moisturising but not sticky or tacky in the slightest!
  • Avoid taking too long in the shower under the hot water (as tempting as it is!). I’m also guilty of this as the mornings are so cold! Too hot water can actually dry the skin out and dehydrate you.
  • When in doubt, face mask! 

Jordan says…

  • Wear SPF, probably not what you thought I’d start off since UVB rays are less present but UVA rays still are and strong enough to continue aging the skin. Even if the skies are grey and gloomy, block up and protect that skin!
  • Stay hydrated. It’s great to make sure the skin is hydrated outward but it’s in vain if 8 glasses of water a day aren’t being consumed.
  • Adding Hyaluronic acid to a skincare regime regardless of skin type will be beneficial. It’s a lightweight serum that holds x1000 its weight in water. Perfect for adding hydration on its own or laying underneath a creamier moisturiser.
  • Winter/Autumn is one of the better times of year for laser or chemical treatments for the skin.

Our Tips…

  • Battling with heat-pumps during this season can play havoc with your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Try opting for a calming cleanser such as The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser or the Superfood Cleanser by Youth to the People to fight and prevent the build-up of nasties.
  • Exfoliation is your BFF. Exfoliating products containing AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy/salicylic acid) are great. As Paula’s Choice puts it, “Our skin naturally exfoliates dead cells every day, but over time—primarily as a result of age and unprotected sun exposure—this shedding process slows and may stop altogether. This results in dull, dry, or flaky skin; clogged, enlarged pores; bumps, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and uneven skin tone.” https://www.paulaschoice.com.au/skin-care-advice/exfoliants/difference-between-aha-and-bha-exfoliants
  • Don’t forget that skincare is a 24/7 task, so don’t slack off at night time! Using a night oil or serum is another important step in a good skincare routine, especially if you’ve been wearing makeup all day. There’s a huge selection of these products on MECCA, including brands such as Drunk Elephant and Clinique.

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