SKINCARE EXPERT BHAV MAHARAJ GIVES US THE LOW-DOWN.
Ski resorts, warm fire, red wine, and slow cooked meals—these are the delightful parts of winter. Dry skin, dullness, and blackheads are not. The very best moisturisers and facial oils are helpful, but unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all does apply here.
Some of us have dry to normal skin, some have dehydrated skin, and some have acne with dry patches and so on. You get the gist.
This is why we need expert solution to navigate us through this infuriating flaky period. Ughh...(can't wait for summer).
Anyways, we asked our readers to write to us and ask us about their winter skincare dilemmas. Senior Skincare Specialist (of About Faces) Bhav Maharaj answered some of them, along with her recommended ingredients to keep in mind for reviving parched skin.
facial oils that don't clog the skin ?
The best types of facial oils that are non-comedogenic (i.e don’t cause clogging) are Shea butter, Argan oil, and the good old Rosehip oil (that is popular in our department stores at the moment). They are lightweight and humectant, which means they attract moisture to the skin. However, some people may need to apply a moisturiser over it, as it may not offer enough hydration. Remember that dry skin is different to dehydrated skin.
BEST NON-COMEDOGENIC (GOOD) OILS:
Argan oil, hempseed oil, light rosehip oil, watermelon seed oil, shea butter, and black cumin seed oil.
OILS TO AVOID:
Cocoa butter, coconut butter, coconut oil, flax seed oil, linseed oil and palm oil.
A quick office Hour hydration fix.
Spritzing your skin with something natural such as rose water for dry skin and witch hazel for oily skin in the office is a good idea. It will instantly refresh your skin and give it a little moisture.
It's no surprise that the best thing we can do for our skin is drink lots of water. Try and avoid using electric blankets as much as you can in these cold months, as they can only dry out your skin even further. While showering or bathing, try and use cool or lukewarm water only.
INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR :
DRY SKIN :
Aloe and rose
NORMAL SKIN :
Ph balancing water
ACNE-PRONE SKIN :
Lactic acid, witch hazel and tea tree
the best solution for dry skin with acne problems
Everyone's skin is different, so I can't offer one solution for everyone. Remember that dry skin and dehydrated skins are different. Dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water. If you have acne, then you have an oily skin type with a dehydrated surface. But the worst thing people with dehydrated skin with acne can do is cleanse and exfoliate their skin too much or use cleansers that strip the oils on the surface even more. A gel or milk cleanser over a foaming cleanser would be good. Cleansing twice a day and exfoliating once a week is sufficient.
Moisturise your skin because this maintains the acid mantle balance of the skin. A moisturiser that is lightweight would be best instead of something heavy. Don't be afraid to moisturise your skin morning and night. Over time, your skin won't have to produce so much oil underneath to compensate for the dehydration on the surface.
INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR:
Hemp seed oil, camellia seed oil, alpine willow herb and calendula
White and green tea extracts, chamomile, calendula extract, oatmeal, chamomile and honey.
Q#4. How to deal with mild eczema during winter months?
One thing I find about people with sensitive skins is that they are afraid to use anything on their skin. Work on fixing your acid mantles first (oil and water balance) which is the skin's natural protection and how it prevents bacterial infections, etc.
Work on getting back into a basic routine twice a day, i.e. cleanse, tone, and moisturise. This will help build back a healthy epidermis and increase cell metabolism.
Don't forget to clean make-up brushes and use mineral make-up to prevent further skin irritations.
INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR:
Antioxidants, green tea extracts, bisabolol—extracted from chamomile, calendula extract, oatmeal, parsley seed extracts and chamomile.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID:
Sulphates, soaps such as sodium tallowate or cocoate, salicylic acid, willow bark (the natural version of salicylic acid), AHA acids, fragrance and alcohol.
SAUCE RECOMMENDS :
Whether you need suggestions for mild dryness or your skin needs a big boost of hydration to stop flaking, these products are going to give your skin a big boost of hydration - like Gatorade - but for the skin.
SENSITIVE SKIN :
Sukin Restoring Argan Oil
Trilogy Very Gentle Restoring Oil
Kiehl's Calendula & Aloe Mask
Eve Lom Cleanser
COMBINATION SKIN :
Estée Lauder Revitalising Supreme Anti-Ageing Wakeup Balm
WASO Matte Moisturiser Oil Free
WASO Clear Mega-Hydrating Cream
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate
DRY SKIN :
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Serum
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater
Drunken Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum
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