Winter can wreak havoc on your skin but there are many simple ways to combat the causes of dry winter skin and help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all season long, including some easy changes to your everyday routine.

Cold, dry air can leave your skin itchy, red, and dry. Not to mention the added irritation of wearing a mask all day. 

Combat dry winter skin with these tips for retaining your skin’s natural moisture.

Avoid Harsh Cleansers

The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, wash with a fragrance-free, moisturising cleanser or gel. A really gentle cleanser, like Dr Grandel Cleansing Milk (R365, Deluxe Shop), is a great option that won’t strip skin of its natural oils.

Modify Your Facial Skin-Care Regimen for the Season

What keeps your skin happy during summer can make it sad during winter. And that’s why you need to change your skin care products accordingly. The key to healthy and glowing winter skin is using mild skin care products. Choose cleansers that contain moisturisers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. If you have acne or breakouts, use products containing ceramides or hyaluronic acid such as Skin Functional’s Hydration Juice (R230, Skin Functional) or Filorga’s Time-Filler Intensive Serum (R870, SkinMiles). The same plumping hyaluronic acid contained in Time-Filler is combined with two plumping peptides for a complementary action and complete treatment of the ageing dermis.

Slather on an Antioxidant Serum

While most summertime products get swapped out come winter, serums are the one exception to that rule. As long as it’s alcohol-free, an antioxidant serum is perfect for year-round usage. No matter the climate, skin gets attacked by free radicals causing sun spots, the breakdown of collagen, and premature fine lines. To prevent the damage, apply a vitamin C formula as a first layer in the morning, before layering on heavier products. Try Dr Grandel Vitamin Infusion Serum (R815, Deluxe Shop) or the La Naturel Vitamin C Face Serum (R267, Le Naturel).

Vitamin C Face Serum (30ml) - Le Naturel

Switch to a Heavy Face Cream

Perhaps one of the most important and commonly overlooked steps in the dry skin game is changing to a seriously hydrating moisturiser. Look for creams, rather than lotions, that are made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Ceramides aid in the prevention of the skin’s barrier, which is easily broken down during the winter. Try Dr Grandel Beautygen Renew III (R1255, Deluxe Shop) or ZERO Night Cream 50ml for overnight regeneration (R399, Superbalist) a plant-powered night cream that nourishes and rejuvenates while you sleep. Enriched with naturally healing Shea Butter and regenerating Green Tea Extract, this powerful blend of all-natural ingredients restores and hydrates your skin to leave it looking fresh and well-rested every morning.

ZERO by Skin Academy - ZERO Natural Night Cream

Consider professional skin treatments

Winter is a great time of year for skin treatments. We always worry about peels and microneedling treatments in the summer months. With sun exposure before or after such procedures there is a higher risk of unwanted post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Try a series of Dr Grandel Express Peels or microneedling treatments available to purchase online on Deluxe Shop with an option to pay in interest free instalments with PayFlex.

Protect lips from ‘lick eczema’

Licking sore lips will only exacerbate dryness and can cause what is referred to as ‘lick eczema’. Make sure your lips are sealed with an effective ointment at all times, particularly before eating and drinking as some foods like tomatoes which can irritate chapped lips. Try Letibalm Nose & Lip Repair balm (R79.95, Dischem). The top-selling lip balm in Spain and the only nose and lip balm in SA. See bottom of post to see how you can win!


Apply Sunscreen — Even on Gray Winter Days

Whether you’re out on a walk, or just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it’s just as important to apply sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer. Try Dr Grandel UV 30, an intelligent UV protection with LSF 30 (high). A modern, light serum that protects the skin effectively from the sun. Or Cetaphil Sun Lotion Spf50+, (R259,95, Dischem).

Cetaphil Sun Lotion Spf50+ | Dis-Chem

Stay Hydrated

When skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil. For the most part, however, it is important to help the skin moisturise from the outside. Drink lots of water and use moisturising skin care products from top to toe.

Use Lukewarm Water

It is very tempting to go for hot showers when the temperature dips. But if you love your skin, avoid them. Instead, use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face. Hot showers dry your skin quickly, and if you do not moisturise it immediately, your skin can develop cracks and winter eczema. Once you have taken a lukewarm shower, apply a moisturising body cream such as Skin Affair’s Organic Body Lotion (R295, Skin Affair) or a moisturising body oil such as Cocogold’s CocoRose Bath & Body Oil (R299, Cocogold).

Moisturise Frequently, Especially Your Hands

Constant washing and sanitizing because of the pandemic will cause the hands to take a beating. Maintain healthy skin by moisturising after washing up. It’s best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates. Try the amazingly nourishing Essentology Skin Repair Balm enriched with cannaboids. R390, Essentology.

CBD Skin Repair Balm


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