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The Best Skincare Routine for the Australian Climate

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We live in a picturesque environment that’s often the envy of the world, but the Australian climate is harsh and can change at a moment’s notice. One day it’s beautiful sunshine and then it’s weeks of torrential rain and flooding. These extreme conditions can have an enormous and telling impact on your skin.

You should adjust your skincare routine with the season but as we can experience a few seasons in one day, it’s important that you listen to your skin. Your skin is as individual as you, so there in no one size-fits all 12-step routine that’s going to suit everyone and it doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the countryside, your skin still needs different products at different times.

If you want to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant all year round, this is what you need to do to achieve your ideal skincare routine in the Australian climate.

Step 1: Cleanse + Exfoliate

A cleanser and exfoliant are the two most important products that you need in your Aussie skincare routine. During the hot and humid months, sweat and excess oils build up on your skin which can lead to congestion and breakouts. Cleansing your skin morning and evening becomes a pivotal step in your routine. Not only is a cleanser important during times of humidity but also during the cooler months. Using a gel-based cleanser is going to provide your skin with hydration without adding excess oils or drying your skin out and stripping it of moisture.

During windy or cold weather your skin barrier functions slows, and dead skin cells are more likely to build up, giving your skin a dry, flaky appearance. In more humid conditions, your skin is producing more oil so it’s important to remove these oils that can lead to breakouts. An exfoliant can be used all year round to remove dead skin cells, flaky skin and draw out excess oils, leaving your skin feeling smooth, soft, and looking brighter. Best practice is to use an exfoliant twice a week in either the morning or evening.

Step 2: Serum

The key advantage of using a face serum is to target a specific skin concern and help repair your skin from the harsh environmental elements. Serums deliver extra nutrients deep into the layers of your skin through high concentrations of active ingredients. As serums are lightweight, they can be used all year round no matter what’s going on outside.

With our love of the sun in Australia, we can often experience sun damaged skin. Sun damage appears in the form of hyperpigmentation, dryness, redness, lack of elasticity, fine lines, and wrinkles. Look for serums that contain Niacinamide as it’s going to help even out dark spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also look for ingredients that are going to help increase elasticity and brighten your skin such Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, Curcumin and Vitamin C. Use a serum morning and evening after cleansing or exfoliating and before a moisturiser.

Step 3: Moisturiser

When the weather is windy and cold our skin barrier becomes more fragile due to the lack of moisture in the air, your skin will feel tight and red, all signs of dehydrated skin. A moisturiser helps protect your skin barrier by creating a seal on top of your skin, locking in moisture and hydration. Even though it can get cold in Australia, we don’t experience anything like the cold winters of the northern hemisphere, so opt for a lighter moisturiser than a heavy, thick one. Lighter moisturisers will protect your skin barrier from the harsh elements and give your skin a light veil of moisturisation as you sleep in the humid months. Look for ingredients that are ultra-hydrating and that will seal in moisture, ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter are ones to look for in the ingredient list.

Step 4: Sunscreen

As sun loving Australians, wearing sunscreen should be apart of our daily skincare routine all year round, no matter if the sun is shining or not. Using a sunscreen every day is a sure-fire way to protect your skin against UV radiation and help you look younger. Even on gloomy, rainy days, clouds only block out visible light, not UV light. When 80% of skin ageing is caused by the sun, sunscreen not only protects you from skin cancer and but helps you look younger. By incorporating a day cream with SPF into your routine each morning you’re protecting your skin from harmful UV light. If you’re planning a day at the beach or long periods outside, reach for a SPF 50+ to give your skin that added protection.

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