Meteorologists will tell you that here in Aotearoa, winter officially begins on the first of June.
Conversely, those who follow the astronomical seasons believe that the cold season does not start until the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. I’m here to tell you that there is a much more visible sign of winter that we should use.
For me, and for many corporate employees, winter isn’t delineated by a date on a calendar or the Earth’s position relative to the sun – rather, it begins the first time I put on a pair of tights. opaque blacks while getting dressed. Today is that day.
Once your winter outfit is in rotation, it’s time to swap out some winter skincare as well. For most people, the steps and order will stay the same, but it’s wise to switch up some of the products you use because dry, sensitive winter skin needs a little extra love, in the form of emollients. softeners, moisturizing humectants and occlusive ingredients.
Look for products containing elements like ceramides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, squalene and shea butter, which will rehydrate and restore skin struggling with the change of seasons.
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Biossance Oil 100% Squalene, $78
Squalane oil is a superb emollient, an ingredient that smooths and protects your skin barrier by filling in dry cracks that can make your skin rough.
This versatile oil, derived from sugar cane, can be rolled into your face, body, nails and hair to help keep you hydrated from head to toe. Warm a pump in your hands, then pat into skin and hair.
Glow Recipe Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Serum, $65
Salicylic and mandelic acids work to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and smooth rough skin texture while hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in moisture, gives your skin a bounce bounced back.
Bondi Sands Serum for Thirsty Skin, $21
I only use exfoliating products a few times a week, so on the days I’m not using the Glow Recipe Serum, I use something purely restorative and soothing instead.
Lately, the Bondi Sands Thirsty Skin serum has given me this good dose of hydration. I apply it right after cleansing and toning, while my face is still damp and my skin coats this product, which makes its relatively affordable price all the more appealing.
Emma Lewisham Skin Reset Eye Cream, $125
Maybe it’s because the sun is setting by the time I get home and there’s only so many episodes of The Great British Bake Off you can watch in one night, but the longer nights of winter mean I can easily find the time to do that little extra diligently patting eye cream around my peepers.
A brand new addition to the local beauty brand’s skincare range, Skin Reset Eye Cream uses technology to deliver antioxidants and active ingredients deeper into the skin, and aims to reduce water loss from your skin and support collagen production.
I’m generally less concerned with keeping fine lines at bay (don’t get me wrong, it’s great for that too), but the real draw is the thought of a brighter, plumper under-eye area.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $27
A childhood of rubbing in thick ointments for eczema left me with an aversion to most rich creams, but even I must admit this cream is a very effective moisturizer for the depths of winter when my skin begins to flake off.
Developed with dermatologists, the gentle hypoallergenic formula is paraben and fragrance free and should be well tolerated by particularly sensitive skin.
Dermalogica Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist, $83
I am a fan of misting all year round. In the summer I mist my face throughout the day mostly for coolness and a brief respite from the sweltering heat, but when winter comes I’m more fond of the mists that give the red, cold skin on my cheeks and from my nose a boost of soothing hydration. .
Recently, I used this ceramide mist from Dermalogica, in place of a toner to give the wind-whipped skin barrier a little boost. I also use it during the day whenever I need a little refresher, it’s great for replenishing a face full of swirling makeup.
Organic Henna Lip scrub, $44
In the dead of winter, lip balm alone probably isn’t enough to keep your lips looking their best. Add a physical lip scrub into the mix to get rid of any dry flakes and follow up with a balm to lock in that freshly smoothed pout.
DUIT Plus Foot & Heel Balm, $17
Not a glamorous product, but necessary nonetheless. Feet really go through the bell during the winter (mine are still recovering from the year I worked in an unheated warehouse and got frostbite) and while there are definitely more products care on the market, often all that’s really needed is a utility balm like this to reset the clock.
The podiatrist-approved formula contains an intensive cocktail of urea, vitamin E and glycerin. Lather it up before bed, put on a pair of cozy socks and let it work while you sleep.