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Those of us who go head-to-head with our oily skin daily will relate to the eternal struggle of wanting to have hydrated skin, but trying not to look like a high-shine mirror throwing out spotlight reflections from our faces. IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK, PEOPLE?

It’s fine. I’m fine. The shine show must go on.

Now that it’s Winter, the game is changing. We’ve put together a Beauty Bible of sorts on the Great Oily Skin Battle of 2018. It’s a thing.

Our skin of course is more than just dry, oily, acne-prone etc. We are nuanced beings, and this is no different when it comes to our skin.

The question is, why do some of us suffer more from oily skin in the winter, and others suffer with dryness?

It seems unfair, between having to glue ourselves to our hot water bottles and getting up when it’s still dark, why should our skin be causing us problems on top of that?

Michele Farber of Schweiger Dermatology Group claims that: “Skin can become more oily as a mechanism to compensate for excess dryness. The skin will overcompensate in sebum or oil production to moisturise itself.” 

Rude much? Never fear, we're here to save the shiny day. Here are our top tips for combating oily skin during winter, thank us later…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. Prioritise and Moisturise

You might think that moisturising skin which is already oily is a mistake, how ever oily skin compensates for excess dryness, so keeping it hydrated is KEY.

The right moisturiser for you is like getting a bra fitting, it can be a hassle but so worth the results if you’re patient enough. Each and every one of us has unique skin cells, so it can be next to impossible to find the skin regime for us.

There are dozens and dozens of moisturisers on the market, but our personal recommendation is to use one with Vitamin E.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Watch your Tone

Yon-Ka ESSENTIALS have the BEST lotion on the market – it’s an alcohol free invigorating mist for normal to oily skin and contains five essential oils. Their ESSENTIALS range start your beauty regime the right way- with cleansing.

They work to gently purity and optimise the effectiveness of your everyday care regimen, and leaves your skin soft and hydrated.

Use after cleansing and spray onto the face as a mist in the  morning and at night for best results.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Avoid using petroleum jelly
According to make-up artist Katey Denno, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) can create the illusion of granting us moisturised skin, but actually the substance suffocates your pores.

It’s water-repellant and not water-soluble, so it actually just seals the barrier so that moisture cannot leave the skin.

Basically you're actually drying out your pores by keeping out the air and moisture, while it's thick texture makes it tricky to cleanse the skin. It's literally a lose-lose, gals.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Tea Tree Oil

Hot showers in the winter are widely recognised as stripping your skin of it’s essential oils, thereby preventing it from achieving moisture.

By using tea tree oil with warm water, this makes up for the loss of moisture and brings your skin back to its supple self in no time.

5. It’s all about keeping the pores happy

Changes in the weather make our pores hella cranky.

Environmental causes are some of the major factors in skin issues, meaning that our pores have a bit of a ‘mare in the winter especially. Our skin has its own survival techniques which can be the bane of our facial lives, but really it’s just trying to do it’s job.

6. Don’t let it dry out

Farber also claims that “If your skin is dry, it’ll often feel tight and have a white-ish flaking more diffused all over the face. Oily skin will often concentrate around sebaceous areas, like the T-zone, and pores in this areas may be visibly larger.”

Dry skin translates to an overproduction of sebum and oils, most likely because of the extreme temperate changes from freezing cold outdoors to overheated indoors.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. Keeping your skin cleansed is a MUST- no matter what type you are.

Yon-Ka ESSENTIAL Masque 103 is a purifying, clarifying mask which may actually save your skin, become the love of your life and have your kids all at once. A bold claim for a bold product.

This detoxifying mask contains three types of clay which purify the skin, tighten pores, brighten the complexion and leave it with an exceptional glow.

Glow up, shine down. It's ideal.

8. Stay THURSTY

Drink as much water as you are physically capable of every day, and your pores will thank you for it- guaranteed. Everyone needs different amounts, the two litres per day ‘fact’ is most likely a myth but if your body is dehydrated then so is your skin, that math adds up.

9. Use a clean towel whenever you are washing that lovely face of yours!

You don’t want any bacteria present in the towel to be transferred right back onto your face. Pat your skin dry instead of roughly trying to rub the make-up or skin cells off.

Clean towels prevent oily skin and breakouts, so they’re essentially your undercover guardian angel. Wash them at LEAST once a week, folks.

There you have it, nine core tips for surviving the winter with oily skin.

Remember that each person is totally unique, and research and discover what products feel right for you. Treat your skin with the care and calm it deserves, you’ll be radiant and glowing in no time without the unwanted shine.

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Most of us don't get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night – and as we all know, there can be major repercussions on the way we look as a result.

We wish we could wake up bright-eyed, with dewy skin every morning, but that's never going to happen… unless you follow these quick fixes that will have you looking fresh in a shorter amount of time than you spend in the line for Starbucks. 

Moisturise it

When you don't get enough sleep, you body – mostly your skin –  misses out on its nightly repairing.

By not allowing it to rejuvenate, you'll be more prone to breakouts, redness, patchy skin and dehydration. Thankfully, the latter can be solved by doing what we should be doing anyway: moisturising. 

It'll help you achieve that radiant glow we all sought after, but as well as that it will help fight long term symptoms of not getting enough sleep, like enlarged pores, wrinkles and under-eye circles. 

 

Massage it 

Now we're not talking about a full-on massage here, just a quick face one. If you're to be ready in under five minutes, you're going to need a good multi-tasker – and this one is perfect. While using your finger to moisturise, give yourself a small face massage. 

It will help boost circulation and brighten the complexion. Not only does it feel amazing with cold moisturiser, but if you practise the right routine, you will give your face an instant boost in a minute flat. 

 

Highlight it

In the morning, especially on days where you've gotten little sleep, a good highlighter is like saviour in a tube. When you've found the right one for your skin tone, it'll be your go-to for brightening and defining your features in a flash.

The best places to apply this is the inner corners of your eye, under the brow bones, and across your cheekbone to fake that eight-hour sleep look. 

 

Cool it

When it comes to the dreaded puffy morning face, rely on one thing – cold temperatures. Cold temperatures shrink capillaries and stimulate drainage (in other words, de-puffs).

Whether you press your face with a cold cloth or store your moisturiser in the fridge, take every opportunity to give your face a zap of coolness. Pro tip: Place two spoons in the freezer for a couple of minutes and place them over your eyes (curved sides inward) for 10 – 15 secs to get rid of puffiness in that area.

The best part is, it will not only make you look more awake, but you'll feel more awake too. 

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We all know just how awful a bad hair day is – it can ruin your mood and all you want to do is go back to bed and cover your head until it’s better.

Follow these top tips and you’ll never have a bad hair day again…

Moisturise
This is the best way to stop your hair becoming frizzing and lifeless, especially if you use a lot of styling products.

Don’t wash your hair too much
Washing too often can rip your hair of its essential oils. So, unless absolutely necessary, only wash your hair every second day.

Wear a hat
Seriously! A hat can protect your hair from the harsh elements so pop one on whenever you go outside.

Give your hair a detox
Drink plenty of water, cut back on caffeine, eat foods rich in iron and zinc and take supplements. Your hair will thank you for it.

If all fails, tie it in a pony tail and pop on a fancy hairband – tomorrow will be a better day.

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The winter can play havoc with your lips, causing them to become hard and cracked – not good if you have a hot date coming up, especially in Valentine’s season.

Stick with us and you will be irresistibly kissable in no time at all.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

By writing it three times, we’re hoping you’ll understand the importance of it. The skin on your smackers is prone to drying so it is vital that you keep them well moisturised. Keep a lip balm handy and apply regularly.

Exfoliate

Use a soft toothbrush and gentle circular movements to gently remove any dead or flaky skin. You can give your lips a lift while recycling your old brush.

Keep hydrated

Drink plenty of water to prevent your skin becoming dehydrated. Coffee or tea doesn’t count towards you daily fluid intake.

To keep your pout perfect, avoid licking, picking, peeling and biting the skin.

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