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How To Winter-Proof Your Skin, According To A Skincare Expert

With temperatures plummeting, central heating blasting and biting frosts causing everything to dry up and crack, it’s no wonder that skin is craving something a little richer.

When winter comes around, there’s no denying that our skin suffers. That's why we've teamed up with Anna Schu Salon to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to visit the award-winning salon and winter-proof their skin via the means of their recently launched Platinum Hydrafacial worth €120.

When the seasons change, so should your skincare. For all the perks that come with winter (mulled wine, beauty advent calendars and fireside gatherings), there are a few less than pleasant side effects that come with this time of year: dry, itchy skin. 

Now that the temperature has officially plummeted, our skin has tightened, dried up and that summer glow is long gone leaving nothing behind but sheer dullness.  To adjust to the change in season, our bodies naturally begin to produce less oil therefore leaving our complexions imbalanced and unstable. Plus, trekking around outside and weathering the frigid temperatures and harsh wind chills can further contribute to dull and dehydrated skin.

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The worst part? Staying indoors can be just as bad—if not, worse. That’s right, you have nowhere to hide. The super-dry, heated spaces that we sleep, work, and function in all day and night also contribute our winter woes. Dry air means less humidity, which means our skin is losing even more moisture than usual, and some chronic skin conditions can get extreme in the form of rashes, eczema, and rosacea.

But thankfully, there is something you can do about it. To halt the beauty nightmare that is the winter months, we called upon Anna Schu, owner of Anna Schu Salon and overall skincare guru, to get her top tips for weather proofing your skin for winter.

stay hydrated

Ask any celebrity, runway model or just someone whose skin you'd admire what their secret is and nine times out of ten, they'll tell you at all comes down to simply drinking water. But can upping your water intake really have that big of an impact on your skin? In short, yes. "Water really is the elixir of life," says Anna. "Drinking the recommended amount helps plump out fine lines, keeps you from looking tired and gives you a natural glow."

start using an eye cream 

Dry skin is never welcome but when it appears on one of the most delicate areas of the skin, it can seem even more bothersome. Dry eyelids can lead to irritation, flaking, redness which is usually counteracted by a good exfoliator followed by a rich moisturiser. However, this cannot be used on the eye area given its delicacy. Instead, "quench your skin with a hydrating eye cream and apply all over the eye area," advises Anna. 

invest in a serum

Now's the time to consider adding an extra step to your skincare regime: a serum. Pat 1-2 drops before your moisturiser or night cream for added radiance and suppleness. "Serums provide an added hydration boost whilst penetrating deep into the dermis," explains Anna. "Be sure to layer your moisturiser with a hydrating serum - especially one containing hyaluronic acid which can help increase moisture in the skin."

moisturise, moisturise, moisturise 

Of course, the most obvious answer to prepping our skin for winter is providing it with plenty of hydration and moisture. However, any old moisturiser won’t really do the trick when we're dealing with frigid temperatures and icy winds. "If you suffer from particularly dry and/or dehydrated skin, consider changing to a thicker rich cream for the winter months," says Anna. "The reason being, the thicker texture of a rich moisturiser seals in the hydrating ingredients into dry, cracked flaking skin. It also helps the skin heal."

Yes, you still need SPF

Despite the fact that once November rolls around it feels as though we have never even seen sunlight, SPF is still a must. "In the morning, when applying your moisturiser, make sure it contains sun protection – a minimum of SPF 30 – as even on the most wintery days, the sun's UVA and UVB rays are capable of damaging the skin," explains Anna. "SPF needs to be applied 365 days a year." 

start using a night cream

At the end of a long day, completing a multistep skin-care routine may be the last thing you want to do — but if you reach for just one product (after washing your face, that is), let it be a night cream. "At night time, make sure to apply a moisturiser that gives you nighttime repair," says Anna. "Your skin repairs itself best at night and to help speed up the skin's process of self-repair, night creams counteract the damage that accumulates over the day and provides intense hydration and nourishment." 

don't over-Exfoliate

No matter how many serums and creams are applied, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Emphasis on the word light. "Once or twice a week, use a gentle facial exfoliation. Choose one with small beads or mild acids that gently abrade and remove the top layer of dead skin cells to help promote cell turnover," tells Anna. "Not only will this reveal newer, smoother and more radiant skin but all other products you use will absorb more efficiently to exfoliated skin. 

wear Lip Balm, always

While you may have a stockpile of them scattered throughout your home and in various handbags, chances are you're not applying lip balm nearly as much as you should. "Lip balm is your first defence against chapped, weathered lips - so apply it often," says Anna. "Use a lip balm with a good SPF rating and nourishing ingredients to keep your lips crack free."

treat yourself

Facials are one of the most misunderstood beauty rituals out there. Often seen as unnecessary or ineffective, the treatments are rarely thought of as part of a healthy skincare routine. But regularly seeing an aesthetician should be thought of as an essential part of any glowing skin regimen. "We have just launched a brand new Hydrafacial. It uses patented technology to cleanse, extract and hydrate the skin - it really is the best way to protect your skin this winter.," says Anna. 


To celebrate 10 years in business this year, we've teamed up with Anna Schu Salon to give one lucky Irish Tatler reader the chance to visit the award-winning salon and winter-proof their skin via the means of their recently launched Platinum Hydrafacial worth €120. This a 60-minute facial which has 7 treatments in 1! It includes lymphatic drainage, deep cleanse, exfoliation, acid peel, extractions, booster treatment, LED and hydration infused serums. Hydrafacial is a technology-driven rejuvenating skin treatment that delivers instantly noticeable results with less treatment time.

To be in the chance of winning a visit to Anna Schu's award-winning salon and experiencing the recently launched Platinum Hydrafacial worth €120, simply answer the question below:

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