As the weather gets colder, it is important for us to take care of our bodies both internally and externally. It is also very important for us to understand how prolonged exposure to air which is dry and cold can lead to flaky dry skin WHICH CAN ALSO spark other issues. One may ask how does winter really affect our skin’s wellbeing? Well cold weather can be harsh and tough on our skin. Low humidity levels and cold temperatures in the air tend to draw the moisture out of our skin. To fight unwanted dry skin, we will be focussing on our must haves in order to achieve ‘glass skin’ during the months of autumn & winter. 

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MUST HAVES:

1. Lip mask 💋:

It’s safe to say that dry, cracked lips are a common occurrence during the colder months. Thus a lip mask is a very beneficial product to add to your routine if you do not already have one. A personal favourite of mine is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Grapefruit as it is ultra moisturising, leaving your lips supple and smooth.

(Available here for R375)

laneige lip sleeping mask

2. Hydrating sheet masks 💦:

Sheet masks are an excellent way of bringing hydration back to the skin. The Shangpree Aroma Blend Moisture sheet mask is amazing as it works to hydrate the skin whilst keeping skin smooth and supple. The Beauty of Joseon Centella Asiatica Calming Mask is also a strong favourite as this mask contains 15% of centella asiatica extract which is amazing for soothing skin troubles. Apply whichever sheet mask of your choice for about 15-20 minutes. Thereafter remove mask and tap in any remaining product into the skin. 

(Shangpree Aroma Blend Moisture sheet mask available here for R60)

Shangpree aroma blend moisture sheet mask

(Beauty Of Joseon Centella Asiatica calming mask available here for R40)

beauty of joseon centella calming mask

3. Sleeping masks 💤:

Sleeping masks are a great way to achieve hydration overnight, let the product do the work while you catch up on your beauty sleep. The Dr. Oracle Blueberry Sleeping Mask is amazing as it is enriched with 2000ppm Blueberry extract containing anti-aging ingredient Anthocyanin, which offers intensive moisturizing and skin elasticity care to sagging, tired skin. Another favourite is The Pure Lotus Leaf Extract Sleeping Mask as the lotus leaf extract is amazing at treating stressed and irritated skin. Thus leaving you with brightened complexion and hydrated skin in the morning. Before sleeping, we recommend spreading a moderate amount across the facial area and leave it on for absorption and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water the next morning. 

(Dr. Oracle Blueberry Sleeping Mask available here for R480)

dr oracle blueberry sleeping mask

(The Pure Lotus Leaf Extract Sleeping mask available here for R560)

 

The pure lotus leaf sleeping o

4. Spot treatments for acne and blemishes:

What’s amazing about this step is that there are different options and alternatives. At night, a personal favourite of mine is the Mizon Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot. I especially love this product because it dries immediately so I don’t have to worry about product getting onto my pillow when I sleep. In addition I also love this product as it has been the only product to visibly reduce my inflamed acne breakouts nor irritate my sensitive skin. An alternative product could be the COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch. Otherwise known as ‘pimple patches’, these are amazing and convenient as the patches are translucent so you can apply them whenever (day or night 😏) We recommend first cleansing your face then applying the patches to your desired spots and thereafter proceeding with the rest of your routine. 

(Mizon Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot available here for R300)

mizon acence blemish out pink spot

(COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch available here for R80)

COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch

5. SPF ☀️:

A common misconception which many have is that if you can’t see the sun then you don’t need to wear SPF. ERRR WRONG! UV rays can penetrate clouds, thus it’s important to always be well protected from skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays. We recommend the Shangpree Phyto Essence UV Sunscreen as it is a great lightweight, non-greasy daily sunscreen which is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. As your final step, we recommend taking a moderate amount and applying to the skin, patting in to aid absorption. It is also recommended to reapply throughout the day. 

(Available here for R480)

Shangpree sunscreen

6. Face oils:

One of my absolute winter must haves has got to be facial oils. They are a great way at moisturising the skin at night as you go to bed looking like a shining disco ball and wake up with soft, hydrated skin. A strong favourite of ours is the Benton Let’s Carrot Multi Oil as the carrot-orange active ingredients awaken deep skin glow from head to toe. Meaning that this products can be used at many different stages of your routine. For example it can be used on your face as your final step, on your cuticles and even on your hair to prevent heat damage. This product is highly multipurpose which is why we adore it so much. For a guide on the various ways of now you can use this product, click here.  

(Available here for R380)

benton let's carrot multi oil infographic
benton let's carrot multi oil infographic

7. Internal Supplements 💊:

Lifestyle modifications such as adding various supplements into our everyday routines can effectively help dry skin during Autumn/Winter. Firstly, Fish oils are a great source of essential fatty acids which have powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties that are beneficial to the skin. Secondly, L-Glutamine as this amino acid helps skin cells function optimally for smooth, radiant, healthy-looking skin. It is also known to support the integrity of the skin, especially during times of physical injury or stress. 

vitamins

8. Purifying house plants 🪴:

through simple photosynthesis, indoor plants are able to convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen as well as remove toxins from the air. A few common plants which are not only purifying but also very aesthetic are the Philodenron plant which is the most common plant but is great as it thrives in dry air, thus meaning rather low-maintenance during colder months. The Devil’s ivy as it is ideal for maintaining clean air at home and lastly the spider plant as it works to remove harmful pollutants from the air.

indoor plants aesthetic

9. Humidifier:

Majority of heating units/devices release hot/dry air which in turn can leave your skin itchy, dry and sometimes even flaky. Thus by using a humidifier to add moisture, it may help reduce the occurrence of dry, flaky skin. Not only are humidifiers beneficial to your skin but it can also prevent static electricity from building up as well as your light account as the air will be significantly warmer than usual.

humidifier

We have an extensive range of products that have been carefully curated for all your skincare and beauty needs. Shop our wide array of products here on our website, on Take A Lot and in store at We Are Egg Cavendish!

Our products cater to whatever skin concern you may have but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us at info@luxeloft.co.za if you would like any guidance in curating and customising your skincare routine! 

All our products have been tested by us to ensure that only the best is available for you to try. Whether you are a skincare newbie or a self proclaimed skincare junkie, we are here to guide and assist you on this journey to glowing skin.

Salma Cassimjee

Salma Cassimjee