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Winter skin survival tips

02:00 Wed Aug 1 2012
Leni Andronicos
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Winter is one of our favourite beauty seasons (think warm tones, pastel hues and tame hair), but its harsh weather can also wreak havoc on our skin. So, if your pallid winter complexion is crying out for a revamp, take note of our essential survival tips for this chilly season.

While hydration is generally key in winter, purifying the skin is also important as diminished cellular turnover can result in dry, congested, skin. Introduce a facial detox mask to your routine, looking out for a product that contains mineral-rich clay and skin brightening ingredients.

It's best to switch your moisturiser to a richer product during winter as the cold and wind can be extremely drying. Pump up the moisture and rebalance your skin with a product that contains hyaluronic acid; a miracle ingredient. Honest!

Rich oils are our top secret here at Beauty Clique — or they were until now! Massaging them into the skin on your face and body is great for circulation and blood flow.

As tempting as buffing away those dry flakes may be, it's important to be gentle with winter skin. Granule-based scrubs have a knack for irritating the skin further — causing breakouts and even scarring. For a gentle alternative to scrubs, ask your dermatologist to prescribe a chemical exfoliant.

In order to achieve healthy, glowing skin in winter, a balance of oil and moisture is crucial. The water found in skin cells is the element that keeps them plumped-up and youthful-looking. However, there needs to be enough oil to prevent the excessive evaporation of this moisture. Supplements may just be the answer.

Marine collagen (a fibrous protein extracted from the scales or skin of saltwater fish) has antioxidant properties proven to prevent, and even repair, the damage caused by environmental factors such as UV rays and humidity.

Researchers at Beijing University School of Public Health reported that oral doses of marine collagen peptides showed a significant thickening of the skin's epidermis and a sharp increase in the number of fibroblasts (the cells that play a key role in the creation of new tissue) in the skin.

Take them daily and you'll notice softer, firmer and more durable skin. Oh, and they also improve pore size and radiance. Voilà!

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