James Vivian reveals exactly what products you need to deal with winter skin dryness


How to banish winter dryness FAST: Top facialist reveals exactly what products you need for your skin, how to fight a pimple and heal chapped lips

  • Dermal therapist James Vivian, 38, has recently launched his own skincare line
  • Viviology is a six-piece cosmeceutical range that is backed by science 
  • James, who works out of Melbourne, has offered his best winter wellness tips
  • He recommends switching up your moisturiser in winter and exfoliating
  • The help fight a pimple he simply acknowledges it’s best to leave it alone 

A top dermal therapist has shared exactly what products he uses to stave off winter dryness and his foolproof plan for reducing the size of pimples in a day.

James Vivian, 38, runs his eponymous skincare clinic out of Toorak in Melbourne and has just successfully launched a six-piece cosmeceutical range called Viviology in partnership with Adore Beauty.

The business mogul – and beauty buff – got into the industry by accident after studying music at university before taking a part-time sales role at Aesop. 

‘On my first shift I received a facial from Maria Vovos, one of Melbourne’s best facialists. I rose from the treatment bed and said “I want to make people feel like you’ve just made me feel,”‘ he told FEMAIL.

James Vivian, 38, runs his eponymous skincare clinic out of Toorak in Melbourne and has just successfully launched a six-piece cosmeceutical range called Viviology in partnership with Adore Beauty

James Vivian, 38, runs his eponymous skincare clinic out of Toorak in Melbourne and has just successfully launched a six-piece cosmeceutical range called Viviology in partnership with Adore Beauty

‘You could say it was a life-changing facial. I then went on to study a Diploma of Beauty Therapy and a Bachelor of Health Science (Dermal Therapies).’

During winter when the temperature goes down, we naturally turn the heater up. This can lead to dehydration, skin sensitivities and breakouts. 

To help counteract this, Mr Vivian recommends switching up your usual moisturiser for a richer formulation, ideally containing ingredients such as ceramides and squalene. 

Alternatively, if you have a moisturiser you can’t live without then add in a drop or two of an oil to boost its hydration and decrease dehydration, such as jojoba or avocado oil.

Exfoliation is another way to ensure that your skin is absorbing as much hydration as possible, and opting for an exfoliant containing hydroxy acids helps to not only gently refine the skin but also activate natural hyaluronic acid and ceramides in the skin which make for a healthier skin barrier and hydrated complexion.

To help counteract this, Mr Vivian recommends switching up your usual moisturiser for a richer formulation, ideally containing ingredients such as ceramides and squalene

As for a rogue pimple, Mr Vivian claims leaving it alone is best

To help counteract this, Mr Vivian recommends switching up your usual moisturiser for a richer formulation, ideally containing ingredients such as ceramides and squalene (his clients pictured)

HOW TO HEAL CRACKED LIPS:

A stylist has hailed a $6 balm from an Australian beauty brand the ‘best’ on the market for soothing chapped lips.

Sydney fashion blogger Dani, who posts on social media as ‘Luxe and Lemonade’, raved about Dermal Therapy lip balm in her latest TikTok video.

The Australian-made product, which is sold in pharmacies like Priceline and Chemist Warehouse, is designed to soften ‘severely dry lips’ with nourishing ingredients such as lanolin and seed butter that hydrate and seal moisture beneath the skin’s barrier.

Dani, who ‘constantly’ suffers from chapped lips, said the budget-friendly balm left her pout softer and smoother than any other product she has tried after just one day of use.

Dermal Therapy's $6 lip balm (pictured) has been described as the 'best ' on the market for chapped lips

Sydney fashion stylist Dani (pictured) said the budget-friendly balm left her pout softer and smoother than any other product she has tried after just one day of use

 

‘Trust me when I say I will be trying this for years to come,’ Dani added. 

Her endorsement, which has been viewed more than 75,000 times since it was uploaded online on Tuesday, drew dozens of supportive responses.

‘Can’t live without it. The hand cream is also amazing,’ one woman replied. 

‘Anyone on Accutane knows the holy Dermal brand,’ said a second.

Accutane is the commercial name for isotretinoin, a potent treatment for chronic acne which causes a host of side effects including severely chapped lips.

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As for a rogue pimple, Mr Vivian claims leaving it alone is best.  

‘And if you cannot do that, look for the ingredient salicylic acid and use it as a spot treatment to help calm the inflammation and reduce the infection,’ he said.

‘Attacking a pimple can often result in longer healing times and potential scarring. Repeat after me: a pimple will heal, but a scar can last forever.’

Mr Vivian’s new skincare brand features products formulated with active ingredients and include a foaming cleanser, liquid exfoliant, retinol serum, niacinamide + HA serum, vitamin C serum, and a ceramide moisturiser, with prices ranging from $35 – $59. 

Mr Vivian's new skincare brand features products formulated with active ingredients and include a foaming cleanser, liquid exfoliant, retinol serum, niacinamide + HA serum, vitamin C serum, and a ceramide moisturiser, with prices ranging from $35 - $59

Mr Vivian’s new skincare brand features products formulated with active ingredients and include a foaming cleanser, liquid exfoliant, retinol serum, niacinamide + HA serum, vitamin C serum, and a ceramide moisturiser, with prices ranging from $35 – $59

‘Since the inception of cosmeceuticals in recent years, I’ve seen clients and consumers faced with an overload of products and information that can leave them and their skin feeling confused and overwhelmed,’ he said.

‘I was driven to create a brand that made one look and feel great, was straight forward, full of active ingredients and didn’t break the bank. 

‘Skincare should never be boring. We want everyone to look forward to using skincare that they love and understand, which is why I’m very proud of what we’ve created with Viviology and can’t wait for the range to find a home in bathrooms everywhere.’

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