For all of winter's season highs - cosy knits, hot chocolates and fireside gatherings - there are a few less pleasant side effects. Cue the onslaught of dehydrated, red skin that's currently settling in for the long haul. While switching to a good moisturiser at the first sign of icy chill proves helpful, there is a slate of tried and tested beauty hacks ready to nix your skin woes. Here, 7 editors break down their foolproof remedies for beating the winter blues.
Hannah Crawley, Digital Content Manager
“As part of my Sunday self-care ritual, I’ve been multi-masking – and honestly my skin has never felt better. To combat a dull winterish complexion, I first use an exfoliating mask and follow with a deep moisturising one. This power combo gives me fresh, nourished skin that lasts the week.”
Karuna Exfoliating Face Mask ($12; at mecca.com.au)
Arielle Tsoukatos, Senior Digital Beauty And Lifestyle Editor
"There are few items more essential to your handbag than a multipurpose balm, especially during the winter months. This skin-saving hero can double as a lip balm, cuticle cream, cheek highlighter and a nourishing salve for cracked dry skin.
"According to beauty folklore, Miss Arden named the product after a loyal client used it to treat her child's skinned knee and eight hours later the skin was all better. No wonder this apricot coloured balm has earnt a rep as a miracle cure-all."
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant ($28; myer.com.au)
Francesca Wallace Senior Digital Fashion Editor
"I love this Kiehl's night serum, it works its magic while you sleep and I honestly feel like I wake up with better skin that I went to sleep in. And it’s hydrating enough for my oily skin without being overbearing."
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($68; kiehls.com.au)
Grace Back, News and Entertainment Editor
"In winter I’m all about the warm baths, but I know it can take a toll on my skin. Adding a Lush Butterball Bath Bomb to the mix leaves me feeling smooth and replenished. The bomb also uses essential oil ylang-ylang to aid in the relief of stress. Win-win!"
Lush Butterball Bath Bomb ($6.95; at au.laush.com)
Natalie Mell, Fashion News Editor
"As someone who has experienced eczema, winter is not kind to my skin! I started using Aveeno body cream on the advice of a doctor years ago, and nothing else matches its soothing power when the cool weather causes irritation and itchiness."
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion ($13; at priceline.com.au)
Carli Alman, Editor Beauty Crew
"As much as I know that sitting on top of a heater and boiling showers are going to dry out my skin, I still do it BUT I make sure I’m on top of my daily moisturising game to compensate. My current fave is the Jergens Oil-Infused Skin Firming Moisturiser. The formula is really rich and nourishing, but absorbs super quickly, so I don’t have to worry about struggling to shimmy on my jeans after my morning application. I’m also a huge fan of the pump packaging!"
Jergens Oil-Infused Skin Firming Moisturiser ($13; at priceline.com.au)
Iantha Yu, Beauty Editor Beauty Crew
"I’ve got one in my handbag, on my work desk, in my car… needless to say, I’m pretty much addicted to this sweet-smelling stuff. Layer this onto lips for a gorgeous glow, massage it into cuticles to rescue chapped skin or apply a thin layer onto lids for a modern take on the glossy eye."
Lanolips 101 Fruities in Peach ($15; at priceline.com.au)