The temperatures are finally starting to drop and the outdoors will be friendly again. And while this change in season probably requires a change in wardrobe, it also requires a change in our skincare regimen. As the weather starts to cool down, it becomes less humid and the indoors become especially dry and stuffy, depriving you of natural moisture. This new dryness can lead to flakiness, red patches and excess dead skin cells that clog pores and cause acne. So what’s needed? A skin care regimen tailored to specific skin types. Here’s a ready reckoner.
Winter and dry climate is actually quite a blessing for those with oily skin that otherwise poses to be a problem for most women.
The reason is simple: the lesser humidity and drier weather help with preventing breakouts and also reduces flare ups. The skin’s natural oils work hard to compensate for the loss in moisture. And while dry breeze will remove excess oils naturally, the skin will still need hydration, exfoliation and moisturising. So take care!
What to use:
Lush Catastrophe cosmetic mask, Dhs 75
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Dhs 194
Lush’s Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask, packed with fresh blueberries, is perfect for cleansing the skin and soothing redness and irritation, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Dry oils like the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil are perfect for this weather and oily skin.
Dry skin struggles with winter. With lesser moisture than usual, skin needs a heavy-moisturiser, soft exfoliator and hydration. Hot showers may sound alluring, but they strip skin of natural oils and make it flaky. Instead, take showers with lukewarm water. And drink lots of water. Use a lighter Facial cleanser to clean skin without excessive scrubbing.
What to use:
La Prairie white caviar illuminating serum, Dhs 2,151
Kiehl's ultra facial cleanser, Dhs 100
Reine Michi beauty moisturising sugar scrub, Dhs 50
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser cleans your face and removes makeup. Using a moisturizing scrub like Reine Michi Beauty’s Moisturizing Sugar Scrub helps clear dead skin and keep it hydrated. La Prairie’s White Caviar Illuminating Serum helps in reducing the appearance of lines and spots, followed by La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe cream for strengthening and lifting the skin.
Change in weather often gets confusing for combination skin, i.e when you have an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and your cheeks are dry. It starts to flake because of dehydration and excess buildup.
What to use:
Neutrogena Hydro boost water gel
Lush, tea tree toner tab
Starskin foaming peeling perfection puff, Dhs 39
OTHER SKINCARE ESSENTIALS
updating your seasonal skincare products, stock up on the sunscreen, lip scrub and lip balms. While it might not be as sunny anymore, but the sun is still prevalent, and you will still need SPF for protection. Lip scrubs like Glamglow’s POUTMUD Fizzey Lip Exfoliating treatment exfoliates the lips, leaving them softer, and free of dead skin, and Sephora Rouge Balm will keep your lips moisturised and lightly layered with SPF 20.
Sephora Rouge Balm 01, Delicate Pink, Dhs 69
Sephora Rouge, Balm 08, Subtle Poeny, Dhs 69
Sephora Rouge, Balm 06, Soft Red, Dhs 69