How To: Reboot and Replenish Tired, Winter Skin
As the days get shorter and we adjust to cooler mornings, it’s time to reassess our Winter skincare regime. We show you how to beat the dryness and irritation that go hand in hand with the chilly season.
Along with cosy comforts and delicious home-cooked meals, the Winter season spells added stresses for your skin. As temperatures cool outside you may notice skin changes such as dryness and tightness or red, itchy or flaky skin. Changes like these are to be expected when you mix cold, dry air with intense indoor heating and those too-hot showers we are all guilty of taking. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to reboot, replenish and hydrate tired Winter skin. To help you navigate the winter chill, our in-house skin specialists have created a simple 3 step skincare kit to combat seasonal skin concerns and rehydrate and transform your Winter complexion.
WHAT CAUSES SKIN DRYNESS AND IRRITATION IN WINTER?
A combination of cold dry air, reduced humidity outside and extreme indoor heating from the home or car means we lose protective oils from the skin, increasing water loss from our skin cells and causing inflammation. Throw in a hot shower or bath and you have a recipe for very dry, tight, flaky skin. Unfortunately this dryness and irritation doesn’t just affect the face, but can affect the entire body, in particular hands and cuticles. Winter hand cream, anyone?? The good news is a few simple changes to your regular skincare routine can give you the increased hydration boost your skin so desperately needs.
HOW DOES STRESS AFFECT MY SKIN?
This Winter you may notice your skin is even more dry and irritated than usual, and stress could be a factor. The Australian bushfires and effects of COVID-19 have made 2020 an incredibly stressful year for many, and those events have taken their toll both mentally and physically. When we are feeling stressed it increases inflammation in our skin, causing skin to become hypersensitive and reactive. This can make Winter dryness worse and aggravate existing skin conditions like dermatitis, rosacea, eczema and acne which typically flare up in cold weather. Another unfortunate result of stress on skin is premature ageing, as dry, inflamed skin also ages faster.
WHAT CAN I DO TO TREAT DRY, WINTER SKIN?
The simple answer? Moisturise! Moisturisers provide instant relief to that dry, tight feeling we know so well and help to reduce water loss. However, a great moisturiser is only part of the solution. In order to restore the delicate balance of the skin, gentle exfoliation and a hydrating serum is also key. With this in mind, our expert team at The Clinic have developed The Winter Reboot Kit, a simple 3 step skincare regime to care for your skin this Winter.
OUR 3 STEP WINTER REBOOT SKINCARE REGIME
Suitable for all skin types, The Clinic Winter Reboot Kit will reboot, replenish and hydrate your skin, helping you to maintain a healthy and supple complexion throughout the harsh Winter months. Available exclusively at The Clinic or from our online store, the Winter Reboot Kit contains three of our must-have products – a gentle exfoliating cleanser, our signature moisturiser and a rich serum, the ideal evening treatment. The products are medical grade and contain no parabens, preservatives or other nasties that can aggravate and irritate the skin. This handy skincare kit is all you need to maintain healthy, hydrated skin this Winter. Read on to discover our Winter essential products, and how to beat those Winter skin blues using our 3 step cleansing routine.
THE CLINIC WINTER REBOOT KIT $195
Best for: All skin types, except very oily skin. Pregnancy & breastfeeding safe.
STEP 1: CLEANSE AND EXFOLIATE
No matter how much moisturiser you apply, dry skin will stay that way without some gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin build up. For this reason, the first product in our Winter Reboot Kit is the PCA Skin Daily Exfoliant, a gentle exfoliating cleanser which can be used twice a day. The ideal cleanser for dry, dull, rough skin, The PCA Skin Daily Exfoliant contains ingredients like green tea extract and aloe leaf juice to protect, soothe and rehydrate dry, irritated skin. It also contains cellulose acetate - a biodegradable wood pulp that gently polishes away dead skin cells, instantly smoothing away that rough skin texture and enhancing the absorption of serums and moisturisers.
HOW TO USE: Apply to damp skin morning and night, gently massage, rinse and go!
PCA SKIN DAILY EXFOLIANT RRP $79
Best for: All skin types, particularly normal to oily skin. Pregnancy & breastfeeding safe.
STEP 2: REBALANCE WITH A SERUM
The second essential product in our Winter Reboot Kit is Cosmedix Reboot Serum, our secret remedy for stressed winter skin. Ideal for dry, sensitive or inflamed skin, the Cosmedix Reboot Serum contains a probiotic that restores balance in the skin and reduces inflammation, with aloe and chamomile to help soothe and calm. Peptides help to firm and plump the skin to restore that healthy, hydrated glow. Use Cosmedix Reboot at night to provide an extra boost of nourishment while you sleep and help combat the dry, irritating effects of cold weather on the skin each day.
HOW TO USE: Apply 1 x pump of this hydrating serum to cleansed skin each evening. Follow with our cult product "The Moisturiser".
COSMEDIX REBOOT SERUM RRP $59
Best for: All skin types, particularly dry and sensitive skin. Pregnancy & breastfeeding safe.
STEP 3: HYDRATE WITH MOISTURISER
Our final step to restore tired Winter skin is – you guessed it – moisturise! No Winter skin regime would be complete without a rich, hydrating moisturiser, which is where our signature product “The Moisturiser” steps in. Intensely nourishing yet lightweight, dry skin feels instantly hydrated and smooth with The Moisturiser. Ideal for all skin types including sensitive skin, it contains a range of high-quality ingredients including Sea Buckthorn to minimise redness and Aloe to help soothe and calm. The Moisturiser also has amazing anti-ageing properties from peptides which help firm the skin, and plant stem cells which strengthen and support collagen fibres.
HOW TO USE: Apply after your morning cleanse or nightly serum for a rich boost of much-needed hydration. Follow with SPF for daytime.
THE MOISTURISER RRP $88
Best for: All skin types, except very oily skin. Pregnancy & breastfeeding safe.
For a limited time you can purchase The Clinic Winter Reboot Kit in Clinic or online and save, receiving all three of these must-have winter skin products, which are also sold separately. For those who are after a little extra winter pick-me-up, we’ve put together the following list of super nourishing winter essentials.
OUR WINTER SKIN WISHLIST
REVITALISE WITH A FACE AND BODY OIL
Highly concentrated, face and body oils offer an intensive boost of hydration, a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants and help to repair the skin’s barrier function, not to mention leaving you with a radiant glow. Our pick? Cosmedix Remedy Oil.
COSMEDIX REMEDY OIL $75
Best for: Dry or dehydrated skins. Pregnancy & breastfeeding safe.
Suitable for all skin types, particularly dry dehydrated skin, this multitasking face and body oil is the ideal product to revitalise your skin as we head into the cooler months. Containing a unique blend of natural oils such as safflower, avocado and grapeseed fruit oil, this wonder product provides all-over protection against the elements, nourishing and supporting your skin barrier with a rich supply of omega fatty acids, antioxidants and Vitamin E.
REJUVENATE WITH A HYDRATING MASK
The ultimate skin indulgence, we love a hydrating face mask. Not only will it replenish a thirsty complexion and help to create plump, dewy skin, a moisture-rich face mask also provides some much needed self-care with its required treatment time.
ASPECT HYDRATING MASK $62
Best for: All skin types, particularly dry or mature skin. Pregnancy & breastfeeding safe.
Rich and nourishing, this moisturising face mask is perfect for those in need of additional hydration. The Aspect Hydrating Mask is packed with vitamins like A, B, C and E to protect the skin and reduce inflammation, while shea butter and Sodium Hyaluronate nourish and rehydrate dry, dehydrated skin. Apply generously at night for a rejuvenating moisture hit while you sleep.
COSMEDIX RESCUE INTENSE HYDRATING BALM AND MASK $99
Best for: Dry, irritated or inflamed skin. Pregnancy & breastfeeding safe.
Cosmedix Rescue is the ultimate saviour for skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis, or for those suffering from dry, flaky and irritated skin. This rich hydrating balm provides instant relief from irritation and contains natural cherry extracts for their antioxidants and sweet fruity fragrance. Key ingredients like Canadian Willowherb work fast to heal and minimise redness, while essential fatty acids, panthenol and shea butter help to restore barrier function and replenish much needed hydration in the skin. Pro tip: Cosmedix Rescue can also be used as a lip treatment to help soothe dry, chapped lips.
COSMEDIX DEFENSE MICROBIOME SHEET MASK $30EA OR $120 BOX
Best for: All skin types, particularly dehydrated, sensitive or mature skins.
The latest innovation from Cosmedix, the Cosmedix Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask is a serum-rich mask which protects, plumps and firms the skin, giving it a beautiful radiance and a bright healthy glow. Key ingredients like prebiotics and almond oil reduce inflammation and restore balance, while Sodium Hyaluronate draws water into skin cells leaving skin instantly plump and hydrated. This moisture rich mask offers the perfect pick-me-up for tired, Winter skin. Available in convenient single use sachets, or stock up for the colder months with a handy box of 5!
Our final pro tip to protect your skin this Winter is to book a Free Video Consultation at The Clinic. Our experienced team of Registered Nurses will provide a skin assessment, expert advice and product recommendations tailored to your individual skin concerns, ensuring your skin stays bright, healthy and hydrated all season long.