These luxurious products and treatments will have you looking peachy again, says Sarah Brooks-Wilson.
There’s only one way to embrace the cooler change in season, and that’s by treating yourself with a little bit of luxury — or even a lot if that’s your thing!
Follow this grooming regimen to treat your hair, skin and body to a bit of well deserved pampering, and to help you feel a whole lot better when the temperatures begin to plummet.
The main thing to consider during these windy winter months is that your skin needs extra help with hydration. Windy weather when you’re outside and drier air from indoor heating when you’re inside really take a toll on your skin.
Winter is not your skin’s friend. The lower temperatures and humidity, combined with indoor heating, can compromise your skin’s delicate balance, meaning you get a dry, red, irritated and sensitive complexion. Oily skin will get oiler and dry skin will get drier. Up your game with quality ingredients in your cleanser and wash your face twice a day to clear your skin of oil and pollutants. Look for hydrating solutions in your face wash, because as the temperature drops, so does your skin’s ability to retain moisture, which means your summer wash won’t deliver. Try Mankind Sodashi Clean Skin Cleanser and Shaving Emulsion, $69, which contains high quality jojoba, macadamia, apricot and almond oils, clay and cedarwood to balance and re-mineralise the skin.
A hammam is a Moroccan body treatment for cleansing, detoxing and relaxing the body. The treatment uses black soap, a healing cleanser to help detox the skin, applied with a rough glove to deeply exfoliate the whole body. A hammam operates at 30-40°C so the warmth releases toxins and relaxes your muscles. The treatment usually takes 2-3 hours and finishes up with a full body and scalp massage. Enjoy the luxury pampering while you can. Prices start from $250 for 90 minutes.
Not all moisturisers are created equal, so it pays to know what delivers. The most effective ingredients for maintaining the protective barrier function of your skin are ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Cold, wind-blown faces need extra hydration, so swap out lightweight summer solutions for thick winter creams for intensive results. Try Clarins Men Line Control Cream, $65 and Kiehl’s Soothing, Nourishing Face Cream for Men, $28.
04 Book a facial
Go see what all the fuss is about and book in for a luxurious facial to kick off the new season, your skin will thank you for it. Not only will it repair the damage from too much beach time and summer sun, but it will give your face a deep clean, allowing the intense products you use in winter to be more effective.
There’s nothing more luxurious than shopping for a new fragrance, and now is the time to shelve your summer scent and try something a little darker. Look for intense woods, ouds, leather and rich spices. Try Tom Ford Noir Anthracite EDP, $185/50ml and Armani Code Colonia, $140/75ml.
Combating winter isn’t only about what you put on your body, but what you put in it too. Eating foods that are rich in healthy fats and protein like fish, Greek yoghurt and almonds can help maintain your skin’s natural barrier. Good gut health will also reduce acne, rosacea and keep your skin looking fresh. Including a supplement of vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids can help maintain good skin and reduce inflammation. Try The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder, $59.95/150g, which contains 24 organic, bio-fermented and probiotic superfoods for good gut health and glowing skin.