Heaters, hot showers, biting winds – your skin takes a battering during the colder months, which means it may look quite different too. A winter skin care change-up is required. Often skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dry and chapped lips and acne flare up when the days get shorter, and it can feel like a beauty sucker punch after the glowy gorgeous skin you flaunted last summer.
Unfortunately, that skincare routine you had nailed down won’t be serving you so well now that the weather’s turned. Lightweight serums and moisturisers are out; time to bring in creamy cleansers, face oils and rich, nourishing creams – as well as hydrating, vitamin infused facials and treatments perfect to repair the sun’s damage and shore up your skin against the winter, um, damage.
Cut down on shower time and temperature
While winter weather might sound like the optimal time for a long, hot bath, try to resist the urge. Prolonged contact with hot water can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving you even drier than you were before. Take brief lukewarm showers once per day, and immediately afterwards, while your skin is damp, apply rich moisturisers to lock in hydration. You should use enough to leave the skin feeling well hydrated, which means you may need to apply more than you do in summer months.
Switch from lotion-based moisturiser to a cream
The cardinal rule of winter skincare is keeping skin hydrated. A lighter lotion may have been enough to satisfy your skin in summer, but that’s not an extended guarantee into colder weather. Humectants (such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin) are low molecular weight substances that extract water from the air and into the skin. Emollients usually come in the form of creams and lotions that help in skin barrier function. And occlusives are oils and waxes that form a layer on the skin and physically block water from escaping. A great skincare routine involves all three, leading us to…
Layer your skincare
Think of your skincare application like outerwear for your skin: Just like you need to layer your clothing to keep your body warm in the cooler months, your skin needs the same to prevent overdrying. A good rule of thumb is to layer lightest to heaviest (serums first, facial oils second, moisturiser third). Some hot ingredients you should look out for in the cold are ceramides, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, bakuchiol and botanical oils. When used in conjunction, they can soothe inflammation, restore hydration and strengthen the skin barrier. And don’t forget the SPF, which yes, you do need during winter.
Repair sun damage
The absolute best time to address any pigmentation and sun damage is now, nailing those sunspots, freckles and melasma moustache before our supersonic sun has the chance to dial them back up. Cosmelan Depigmenting is a professional depigmentation method which has an intensive corrective effect on skin hyperpigmentation whilst regulating the overproduction of melanin in the melanocytes, inhibiting, and controlling the appearance of new dark spots. As it’s a peel treatment, your skin is extra sensitive to sunlight, which means slathering on the SPF50, and staying out of the sun – much easier to do this time of year than when the pool and pina colada crew are calling.
Get some light
Omnilux light therapy is a two-trick pony. Not only does all that delicious light plump and rehydrates tired, knackered skin, studies show red light can also help you sleep. The lack of natural light (shorter days, longer nights) in the winter means our circadian rhythms become out of whack, and we tend to need more, good quality sleep.
Use a sleep mask
Not that we needed any excuse to apply a face mask, but if you haven’t started yet, winter is the best time to do it. The world of skincare masks is pretty extensive, but don’t sleep—or do—on overnight masks. Designed to be the final step of your nighttime skin regimen, overnight masks help lock in all those serums, creams, and oils that were applied before.
Studies show that sleep is the most important time for cell reparation, and nightly regimens help skin restore, repair and rejuvenate from daily damage. Hydropeptide Hydro-Lock Sleep Mask blankets the contours of skin with a layer of intense, restorative hydration. Luxe ingredients like HydrO18 activated water, licorice root and royal jelly peptides go to work restoring balance and radiance to the skin while you sleep. Perfect for dry, dehydrated, dull skin – basically all of us right now.
We may all be bundled up in coats and boots, but laser hair removal is best considered in the winter months. Being smooth and razor free is the ultimate summer accessory, making pulling on those cut-off shorts or two-piece a no-brainer.
Laser hair removal has suffered a bad reputation in the past: painful, short term, ineffective for blondes… no longer. Introducing the Candela GentleMax Pro.
The Candela GentleMax Pro – the industry gold standard
The GentleMax Pro is a single consolidated system that delivers a range of treatments. The dual wavelength laser platform combines the fastest and most powerful 755 nm Alexandrite laser with the 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser. Impressed? We are. Basically, what it means is a wavelength of high energy light emitted by the laser is converted to heat energy and this damages the specific target area – in this case, hair. It can treat the whole body, from sensitive areas on the face such as upper lip and chin, to shoulders, back, stomach, underarm and of course bikini lines and legs.
What can I expect from laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal needs multiple sessions (3 to 6 sessions or more) for permanent hair removal. The number of sessions depends on the area of the body being treated, skin colour, coarseness of hair, underlying conditions such as polycystic ovaries and sex.
It’s generally recommended waiting from three to eight weeks between laser sessions for hair removal. Depending on the area, the skin will remain completely clean and smooth for around 6 to 8 weeks after treatment; it is time for the next session when fine hairs start to grow again.
Glenrose Beauty is offering 50% off laser hair removal when you buy six or more sessions. Start your hair free journey today.
Stuck for a gift for mum this Mother’s Day? Never fear, Glenrose Beauty Gallery’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide is here! We’ve curated the best beauty gifts for mum’s special day this year, and every single one of them is a steal. Whether it’s a half-price facial, or free full-size product, they’re all awesome beauty buys you won’t want to miss.
And if one or two of them end up in your cart… well, we won’t tell anyone.
Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Skin Mist
Purchase two products from our Ultraceuticals range in store (one being a serum) and receive a free 100ml Ultra Balancing Skin Mist valued at $44. The refreshing face mist contains antioxidants including green tea, provitamin C, combined with hydrating ingredients such as provitamin B5 and bisabolol to protect the skin from environmental aggressors,and condition and hydrate. Fantastic for both under skincare for better absorption, as well as after makeup application to help set powder and prolong wear.
Inika Kabuki Brush
Purchase any foundation, blush or mineral powder from our Inika range instore and take home a free Inika Vegan Kabuki Brush, valued at $59. It’s the perfect brush for applying liquid, baked and mineral powder foundation. It features a flat dense and firm brush head, giving that smooth airbrush finish. Inika’s beauty range uses high-quality all-natural ingredients to help protect your skin against irritants and pollutants. Some contain natural SPF and Kangaroo Paw to help strengthen the skin barrier, others harness Magnolia Bark protect your skin against free radicals and promote firm and wrinkle-free skin. All of it is formulates with Hyaluronic Acid, which helps nourish your skin all day long. This superhero ingredient can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, turning Inika makeup into super-hydrating products.
Spend quality time with Mum and come out glowing with our special mother/daughter facial deal – purchase a Classic Facial ($115) and book in a second one at half-price. The customised facial begins following an in-depth skin analysis, making sure both you and Mum get the most out of the treatment – no one size fits all when it comes to skincare. Start off with a double cleanse followed by an exfoliation to dissolve dead skin cells. Gentle extractions can be performed if needed, before your personal combination of products applied. Enjoy nourished, nurtured skin and blissful blissful massage on the décolletage, face and neck, and those hard-working arms and hands.
Still not sure? Try a gift voucher.
We’ve made it super easy for you – buy a $150 gift voucher for Mum to spend on whatever she likes, and receive a free LED Light Therapy. It’s a pain-free, non-invasive, soothing and rejuvenating skin treatment that uses varying wavelengths of light that helps regenerate the skin and increases the healing process. Its calming and antibacterial properties can help minimise age spots and sun damage, while brightening skin and stimulating collagen for a healthy glow.