A celebrity facialist who has Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham as clients has revealed how to take care of your skin in the colder months, as well as the lockdown DIY facial you need to know about.
Melanie Grant — who has studios in Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and LA — said winter can be a tough time for your skin because when the mercury drops, our complexion can become “dry, dehydrated and dull from a lack of moisture in the skin.” the skin’. sky’.
“As I head into the colder months, I like to adjust my skincare routine to match the seasons by adding nourishing, moisturizing ingredients to keep skin dewy and glowing even when the temperature drops,” Melanie writes. Instagram.
A celebrity facialist who has Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham as clients has revealed how to take care of your skin in the colder months (pictured by Melanie Grant)
Melanie Grant (pictured) – who has studios in Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and LA – said winter can be a tough time for your skin because when the mercury drops, our complexion becomes ‘dry, dehydrated and dull’
1. Increase Hydration
The first thing Melanie said you should definitely think about in the colder months is boosting your moisturizing elements in your skincare.
“Exposure to icy winds and indoor heating robs the skin of moisture and strips it of its vital oils,” explains Melanie.
To combat this, look for nourishing ingredients to rehydrate the skin and help restore its healthy barrier function.
Good options include a hyaluronic acid serum, squalane, ceramides, and oils like jojoba.
“You should also swap out your water-based gel cream for a richer, more nourishing formula, or your foaming cleanser for a cleansing balm, oil, or milk,” Melanie said.
2. Keep Exfoliation Gentle
The second thing to think about is gentle exfoliation.
Melanie said you don’t want to do anything too hard when winter wears out your skin, but you do need to boost cell turnover by making sure to exfoliate gently two or three times a week.
“Skin barrier function slows down in winter, which can cause a build-up of cells after the sell-by date on the skin’s surface, leading to dry, flaky skin,” Melanie said.
‘Regular exfoliation helps buff out these unwanted cells and also improves the penetration of products you apply afterward, such as serum and moisturizer.’
If you have sensitive skin, Melanie recommends opting for a chemical exfoliator, which is actually gentler than physical exfoliators.
She loves Biologique Recherche’s P50 lotion for this reason and said you should look for products that contain lactic, glycolic, or polyhydroxy acids.
Melanie (pictured) religiously adds a facial oil to her skincare regimen in the winter as it is one of the best and most luxurious ways to nourish your skin
Melanie’s favorite winter skincare products
* Royal Fern Skincare Cleansing Balm
* Biological research lotion P50W
* Author Hyaluron Activator
*Victoria Beckham Power Serum
* Vintners Daughter Active Botanical Serum Ser
* BioKiss Research Biologist
* Augustine Bader The lip balm
* Chanel Beauty Jasmine Oil
* Mesoestetic nourishing anti-aging oil SPF50+
* Augustine Bader The Rich Cream
* Biologique Recherche Cream Mask Vermix
* Chanel Beauty L’Huile Rose Body Oil
3. Add an oil
Third, Melanie religiously adds a facial oil to her skincare regimen in the winter, as it is one of the best and most luxurious ways to nourish your skin.
“Take a moment to massage the product into the skin and encourage the fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to do their magic,” she said.
Melanie said oils work for all skin types, even oily skin, as they help lock in hydration and prevent moisture loss.
4. Take care of your lips
Our lips famously get dry and cracked when it’s cold.
Melanie said you can keep this at bay by gently exfoliating your lips with a homemade honey and brown sugar scrub, then applying a lip mask or heavy lip balm at night.
“Always keep a lip ointment with nourishing ingredients like beeswax, shea butter and vitamin E on hand to reapply during the day,” Melanie said.
This should mean your lips look and feel better, even if it’s cold.
5. Avoid Hot Showers
While it’s tempting to take a piping hot shower when it’s cold and you’re just inside, Melanie said doing so is actually detrimental to staying healthy in the winter.
“Prolonged contact with hot water can actually strip the skin of moisture, so try to keep your water lukewarm or keep your showers short,” Melanie said.
You can also swap out your body wash for a nourishing shower or bath oil, and you should also apply a rich body cream or oil right after stepping out, ideally while your skin is still slightly damp to lock in hydration.
Finally, the facialist (pictured) said that you should never forget sunscreen, even if it is winter and cloudy or cloudy
6. Don’t forget sunscreen
Finally, the celebrity facialist said you should never forget sunscreen, even if it’s winter and cloudy or cloudy.
“Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather, and this will help prevent unnecessary damage,” Melanie said.
Previously, Melanie shared the facial treatment in six steps you need to do at home to see results.
“A do-it-yourself facial at home once a week is the best way to boost your complexion between treatments, when you can’t get a real facial,” Melanie told FEMAIL.
Her regimen includes a double cleanse, exfoliate, massage, mask, mists and serum and a finishing cream.
The six-step lockdown facial at home you must try
STEP ONE: DOUBLE CLEANING – Melanie recommends something milder like a milk or an oil to break down the day’s SPF, oils and pollution first, before following it up with something more ‘active’ that contains acids and ‘will thoroughly clean your pores’.
Melanie (pictured at work) shared the six-step lockdown facial you need to know
STEP TWO: EXFOLIATE – The second phase of any home treatment should be exfoliation, which Melanie says is “the key to achieving a clearer, more radiant and fresher complexion.” “Depending on your preference and skin type, choose a manual, chemical, or enzymatic formula to remove and metabolize dead, damaged cells so that actives can penetrate more effectively,” she explains.
STEP THREE: MASSAGE – Melanie’s third step is one that many facials and dermatologists swear by – facial massage. “A simple, targeted massage is the easiest way to improve blood flow, move stagnant lymph, relieve tension, and lift and tone the skin,” she said. “Your massage can take anywhere from two minutes to ten minutes, depending on how much time you have.”
STEP FOUR: MASK – If you only add one thing to your regimen, it should be a mask. “Mask is a great way to provide the skin with essential nutrients, with very little effort.” When choosing a mask, she advocates focusing on what your skin needs, or mixing and matching to address a few issues at the same time.
STEP FIVE: MIST AND SERUM – Melanie said a hydrating mist can work wonders by “plumping up, replenishing and moisturizing” your skin. She likes rose water squeezed into the face, followed by a serum on the face, neck and décolleté.
STEP SIX: FINISH CRME – “This will retain all the vital lipids, antioxidants and actives you just administered,” Melanie said. If you didn’t have time to do the massage phase, Melanie said now is the time to combine the two with your moisturizer.