Going to Australia? Skincare Tips to Treat Dry Skin in Winter

You might be decked out in layers of jackets, sweaters and scarves in the winter but keeping your skin protected is still a priority, especially in Australia. With strong UV rays, a high percentage of Australians suffer from skin cancer each year. While UV rays aren’t as strong during the winter, it’s still important to bring along a few more skincare products if you’re heading to Australia in winter (meaning now).

Here are some great ways to protect your skin from Australia’s dry climate and strong UV rays:

Bring along a gel or oil cleanser

If you’re used to using foam cleansers, perhaps it’s time to switch out. It’s important to make sure you don’t strip off too much oils from your skin during winter because of the dry climate. Gel and oil cleansers make a great option because they get rid of dirt from your skin without being too harsh on the skin. You don’t want to come back from your holiday having tired, dehydrated skin from over-cleansing.

Use skin oils

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A great way to lock in moisture for your skin: Applying skin oils. There are lots of skin oils in the market and some may suit you better than others. In general, if you’re looking for something that can soothe and moisturise your skin, go for argan-rich or rosehip oils. These are great during the night and are more long-lasting than most cream-based products.

How to use: Put two to three drops of skin oil on the palm of your hands and gently massage it all over your face. Then, seal it off with your favourite moisturiser.

Put on a hydrating mask

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Consider bringing a few hydrating masks with you especially if you have dry skin. To keep your skin from peeling, pamper your skin with a hydrating mask every two days.

Don’t have dry skin? It’s still a good idea to keep your skin hydrated. After all, pampering your skin can be a relaxing way to end off the day.

Avoid showering in (very) hot water

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When it’s cold, a nice hot shower could be just what you’re thinking of. Make sure you’re not running a shower that’s too hot, though. Hot temperatures can strip oils and moisture from your skin. After your shower, make sure you lather up some body lotion as well to keep your skin from drying up. Pay extra attention and TLC around dryer areas like the elbows, knees, and heels.

Don’t skip the sunscreen

While you may not feel as much sun when temperatures are chilly, it’s still important to lather up some sunscreen. Although UV rays may not be as strong during winter, these harmful rays can still cause damage to your skin. Before you go out, remember to put on a generous amount on your face and neck, or any exposed skin.

Wear a sunhat

An effective way to shield yourself from the sun is wearing a hat when you’re outdoors. Sunscreens usually last up to an hour and sometimes, it’s easy to forget when you should reapply them. Wearing a hat is great to block out harmful rays and give your skin some protection even after your sunscreen wears off.

Drink up

When it’s chilly, it’s easy to forget that your body needs to be hydrated. One of the best ways to hydrate your skin is to hydrate it from within. Make sure you drink plenty of water — perhaps consciously drink an extra cup after each meal. No amount of skincare products can replace the wonders that water can do for you.

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