Be gentle and use a product with alpha-hydroxy acids to encourage cell turnover. Manual exfoliators (scrubs with beads or grains) should be used less frequently and just on the T-zone for all but the oiliest skin types. After cleansing, moisturise with a super-rich face cream while your skin is still slightly damp. Creamy make-up formulas are dry skin’s best friend. Look for moisturising foundations or tinted creams and cream blush. Use powder sparingly; when cream formulas are applied over powder, they can end up looking cakey.
If your skin has taken on a Kermit-like tinge, counteract it with bronzer or self-tanner (don’t forget to apply self-tanner to your ears and neck). The reddish-brown tones in these products will neutralise the yellow-green tones in your skin and give it a healthy, warm tint. Skip orangey-yellow shades of blush and go for shades of pink and rose, which help brighten skin.
RUDDY NOSE AND CHEEKS
Use a hydrating face mask to help calm red, blustery skin. Ingredients to look for are cucumber, chamomile or calendula, which are naturally soothing. To neutralise the redness, use a yellow-toned (not pink) tinted moisturiser or foundation. Your usual blush may now make you look a little like Bozo the Clown, so switch to a softer shade such as sandy pink.
PURPLY-GREEN UNDER-EYE CIRCLES
Under-eye circles tend to look darker and purply-green this time of year, especially against your now pale skin. Use a combination of two shades of concealer to correct this. Apply a layer of pink-toned concealer, blend it, then layer a yellow-toned concealer over it.
Use waterproof mascara and avoid panda eyes altogether. If you want to line your eyes, line the upper lashline with a long-wearing gel liner or a pencil liner with dark powder shadow on top. Skip liner on the lower lashline to eliminate the chances of make-up creeping downwards when you wipe away at teary eyes.
DRY, CHAPPED LIPS
Don’t lick your lips. When the saliva evaporates, it will take with it any natural moisture. To get rid of dry skin, smooth eye cream on lips then use a toothbrush or washcloth to exfoliate. Smooth on a heavy-duty lip balm that has ingredients such as avocado and shea butter. Stay away from matt lipstick formulas, which can be drying. Stick to lip gloss or a tinted lip balm.