Winter Skin That Glows

Beating harsh winter conditions is effortless with the Beauty Garden at Eastland

Winter is incredibly harsh on your skin. Between Melbourne’s fluctuating temperatures, drying winds, and dehydration from artificial heating; it’s all too common to end up with skin problems towards the end.

We’ve talked to the resident skincare experts in the Beauty Garden to understand what our skin goes through in winter, and what we can do to help it glow.

To feel beautiful in winter, focusing on skin will do more than set you up for summer. It will provide TLC for the largest organ of the body when it needs it most. The skincare advice from Eastland’s Endota Spa helps us understand why our skin changes over winter, and tried and true methods to keep dryness and fine lines at bay. 

1. Prevention is key

According to the knowledgeable staff at Endota, it’s not the cool Melbourne temperatures that dry out our skin – it’s a combination of the associated factors. The air has a lower humidity level and we spend more time in artificially heated environments. And although we are covering up with stylish gloves, scarves and warm winter layers our body misses opportunities to absorb nourishing vitamin D from sunlight. For skin to thrive in winter, we must prevent damage from setting in. The answer to perfect winter skin is setting up  a routine of moisturizing before your skin can start drying out in the first place. 

Endota Spa’s go-to product for winter skin is the Vanilla & Macadamia Body Drink recommended for all skin types. Using certified, organic ingredients it’s formulated specifically for Australian skin so we’re prepared for the environmental conditions that affect us. 

2. Avoid hot showers

Hot showers in the winter may sound appealing, but the intense heat of a hot shower or bath breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, leading to moisture loss. It is best to shower in lukewarm water just above body temperature, and pat dry with gentle towels. If you can’t resist a steamy bath, make sure you are applying a good quality moisturiser or treatment oil after your shower to re-hydrate your skin afterwards. 

3. The inside counts just as much as the outside

Jacqueline Evans knows this more than most, as she has a background in nutrition as well as skin care. Dry skin is damaged skin. Fruits and vegetables contain substantial amounts of vitamins A, B and C – vitamins that will help your body produce new skin cells. A good guide to buying fruit and vegetables is to go for colour. The deeper the colour, the more health-giving nutrients are present. One of the other key factors is dehydration – you should aim to drink a litre of water for every 22kgs you weigh. If all fails, you can always rehydrate with serums such as her Rosehip & Argan Oil serum – plant based and designed to deeply lock in moisture at night time.

4. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Winter is a great opportunity to clear away dead skin cells and renew your skin with hydro-microdermabrasion. A great choice for this comes from the team at Crabtree & Evelyn – not only does their Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed Body Scrub smell absolutely divine, it leaves your skin feeling smooth, plump and hydrated.

For more skincare tips, visit the Beauty Garden at Eastland and discover a world of sensory stimulation that goes far beyond skin deep.