5 Things Women With Perfect Skin Do in Winter
No matter how much we learn about what it takes to achieve "flawless" skin, we're always hungry for more information. Whether we're creeping the night-time routines of celebrity skin therapists, sussing out model secrets (see: women who get paid to look perfect, 24/7) or brushing up on makeup techniques, obtaining an impeccable complexion is never far from our thoughts.
As we head into winter, we've got unlocking the secret to sublime skin on the brain. A task made slightly more difficult by cold, windy weather. (Because wind-chapped skin doesn't just happen to hands and lips.) If you too are never *not* striving for skin so luminous even JLo would be jealous, keep reading.
Ahead, we've got 5 things women with perfect skin do in winter.
Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner ($12)
I recently learned that the mineral content of the water you bathe in can be dehydrating. Add in the moisture-zapping temperature of your bath or shower—hot, hot, hot—and your skin can really come off worse for wear. Swisse's skincare expert, Jason Buesst, suggests spritzing a mineral-rich mist on your face (and body) afterwards to replenish hydration. Believe it or not, adding this one simple step can make a world of difference to the appearance of fine lines.
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser ($51)
Frosty weather can suck the life out of skin, which is why women with perfect complexions take steps to keep theirs flawless *before* winter gets into full swing. One easy way to ensure skin remains plump and nourished is by adding an oil to your usual skincare regime. There are a few different ways to do this depending on your type; for combination to normal skin try using an oil cleanser (like the Algenist one above) to add nourishment in a way that's less likely to make you break out. Normal to dry types can experiment with adding an oil at the end of their routine (post-serums) to lock everything in overnight. (You can also add a drop to your serums or creams for a custom mix.)
Paula's Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster ($69)
The old advice to switch up your skincare for options with heavier textures in winter doesn't always stand true. If your skin is oily even when it's cold, adding an overly rich moisturiser is likely to do more harm than good (hell-o, breakouts). Instead, consider adding lighter products that boost hydration by way of humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. A serum slots into any routine with ease.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque ($53)
Being on a permanent quest for perfect skin doesn't mean you have to freeze all winter. Yes, heaters zap the moisture from skin (in the same way air-con does), but that's where overnight masks come in. The one from Kiehl's above is a perfect pick for most skin types—it contains hyaluronic acid and plant extracts that replenish skin's moisture levels. Apply a healthy layer on clean skin before you sleep (we recommend dabbing off any excess after ten minutes to avoid ruining your pillows), then hit the hay. You'll still wake up toasty, but with better hydrated skin.
The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost ($40)
Any woman with amazing, what-are-you-using? skin knows that general health and wellbeing play as important a role as skincare products. Noshing on foods shown to enhance skin (read all about them here) is great, but beauty supplements represent the next level in the quest for a flawless visage. This liquid probiotic from The Beauty Chef boosts collagen production to support healthy skin, hair and nails. (Plus, it makes your daily dose H20 a whole lot tastier.)