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Three ways to revamp your winter skincare regime

Smart skincare is essential all year round to maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin. During the colder months, it becomes especially critical as temperatures, humidity and air quality are in flux – not to mention your calendar, which is sure to be packed with seasonal festivities.

By upgrading your skincare regime this winter, you can protect your skin more effectively and maintain a healthy glow. Whether you’re getting glam for a gathering, hitting the ski slopes or holiday shopping, taking care of your skin is key to looking and feeling your best.

The secret to maintaining healthy-looking, dewy skin is to find products that help refine the appearance of pores. While cold air visibly shrinks pores, lower humidity levels can actually increase excess oil production and cause irritated, clogged pores.

When choosing your skincare products, look for those designed to improve your skin’s texture. Formulas with ingredients like oat extract can help you exfoliate. Lentil seed extract, which is high in antioxidants, can reduce the appearance of pores. Additionally, java tea extract is known for its oil control properties. Ingredients such as these are used in products like Artistry Advanced Skin Refinisher, which is a great addition for your skincare regime.

Always remember to moisturise skin and stay hydrated. This goes for every climate and season, as skin cells require water to stay healthy and resist environmental damage. In the winter, harsher climates often see lower humidity, which requires extra hydration.

Moisturise at least twice daily. In the morning, moisturisers are the perfect base for your makeup to avoid flaky skin. Complement it with nourishing foundations for smooth, flawless coverage, and toss a compact foundation with moisturiser in your bag to reapply when you’re on the go.

For intensive hydration, consider denser moisturising creams like Artistry Supreme LX Regenerating Cream and Eye Cream, which also have anti-aging benefits.

“These formulas contain multi-phase technology to replenish, energise, repair and protect skin so it looks and performs more like it did when it was younger,” says Dr Sumita Butani, global product innovation lead for Artistry by Amway.

If moisturising creams feel too heavy on your skin during the day, opt for a lotion for a light and refreshing boost.

Then, as you’re unwinding at night, reapplying moisturisers after removing makeup and cleansing is a great way to revitalise the skin for the day ahead. It’s like giving your skin a big glass of water!

Of course, don’t forget to drink water as well. Eight glasses, which equals about two litres, gives your skin a refreshing reservoir. Coffee, tea and pop have a diuretic effect that counteracts hydration so try to limit your intake of those beverages.

In addition to your daily skincare regime, pick a day or two each week to pamper your skin even further, with a revitalising mineral-based mask or peel. Try moisturising masks and soothing fragrances, like cucumber and lavender.

Every now and then, take time to indulge yourself. Make yourself a cup of herbal tea, soak in a hot bath or dive into that book you have been putting on hold, for example.

“The holidays are all about focusing on quality time with family and friends but it’s also so important to invest energy into my own physical and emotional wellness so I can feel my best,” says Amway Independent Business Owner Carrie Bohlig.

By taking care of yourself from the inside out and investing in high-quality skincare, you can look and feel great as you enjoy the winter months and make memories to cherish.