Winter Beauty Problems: Solved!

Winter's harsh winds and high-powered heating can give you skin like sandpaper, lips like a cracked riverbed and a nose like a shiny red Christmas tree bauble.

But fear not - experts have offered their tips on how to combat these assassins of winter beauty.

"My skin is dry and flaky"

Melbourne make-up artist Tanya Guccione says one of the most basic things to remember during winter is to keep hydrated.

"It seems simple but I would definitely say make sure you drink plenty of water."

Guccione says when skin is thirsty, the wrinkles around the eyes, nose and mouth will become more pronounced.
She also suggests a few household products that will help beat winter flakiness.

For a cheap, quick and light refreshing scrub, she recommends blending bicarbonate soda and olive oil.

"Bicarbonate soda is the perfect sized granule for exfoliating," Guccione says. For hands and body, use sugar and olive oil.

She also advises Lanolin moisturisers, which are a cheap but effective way to sooth and nourish skin.

"It is really quick in actually repairing," she says.

Polished Makovers artist Stephanie Foley says choosing a foundation with hydrating properties can help beat dryness in winter.

"Moisturiser should be part of your daily routine," she says. "Remember that even in winter your moisturiser should include a broad spectrum sun protection."

"My face is red and wind-bitten"

To soothe redness, Guccione recommends a light spray to refresh the skin.

"I like to mix lavender oil and rosehip oil and a little distilled water in a spray bottle. I spray that on my face to calm winter redness."

Foley says it's important for women to switch make-up during winter to ensure their look remains natural.

"Put away your summer foundation as you're generally paler in winter," she says. Foley recommends women use a foundation one to two shades lighter than their summer foundation.

"You can blend the two to find the perfect shade."

Guccione says women should choose a product to suit their age. For example, cream eyeshadows can crease so women worried about tiny lines around their eyes should stick to a powder. But for cheeks, a cream blush with give a fresh, dewey look, she says.

"On younger skin, it's free reign," Guccione says. "It's time to make mistakes and learn what suits you."

"My lips are cracked and sore"

"Dry, chapped lips are an unfortunate part of winter," says Foley. "So lip balm is even more important in winter. Apply lip balm throughout the day to replenish moisture in your lips, try a tinted lip balm for some added colour."

Guccione says exfoliating lips will clean away rough skin.

"A cool trick is putting a little olive oil and sugar on a toothbrush and rubbing it into your lips to exfoliate."

After exfoliating, add a lip balm to seal the lips. Guccione recommends another lanolin-based product, Lanolips, a rich moisturising lip balm that comes in five colours to bring warmth to the face.

By Genevieve Gannon

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