Winter is well and truly here and it’s ruining my skin! When the cold weather approaches, my face becomes so dry and dull, I’m always looking for ways to nourish it.
Scarlet Gratton, a writer and contributor at highstylife.com, has written a handy guide to looking after your skin in winter…
If only hot chocolate was all we needed to look after our skin in winter. Alas, our complexions require a more refined approach in order not to suffer during the colder months.
We all know what dry air, harsh winds and cold temperatures can do to our pores, so let’s think prevention! The following list includes a simple yet detailed guide for a winter-friendly adaptation of your daily skincare routine.
Hydration with a twist
Unlike your lipid-rich moisturiser, which is still a handy asset in cool times, a hydrator is designed to be less heavy in texture and to penetrate the superficial layers of your skin more efficiently.
A hydrator is often confused with moisturiser, although they help combat skin dryness differently. Hydrator increases the water content of the skin by absorbing the water from the air and binding it to the skin, while moisturiser seals already present moisture into the skin by forming a layer over the skin surface. Hydrators can fix the root of your problem, while moisturisers only mask it.
Try: SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel – £61.95 here
Find your favourite facial oil
If you’re tempted to skip this segment because you already have oily skin, take a moment to read it anyway, you’d be surprised how many of these nourishing bottles are perfect for any skin type, especially during winter. It’s enough to add a few droplets to your moisturiser or give yourself a five-minute facial massage a few times a week.
Lavender oil can do wonders for acne-prone skin, coconut is good for dryness, eczema and dermatitis issues, while jojoba is so similar to our skin’s natural oil that, when applied in the right amount, it leaves no greasy trace!
Try: Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Oil – £180 here
Pamper yourself with a skin treatment
Your skin deserves an occasional healthy pampering to bring out its natural radiance. There are numerous treatments in cosmetic medicine that can help you up your skincare game and combat the dull effects of winter. For example, peels are exceptionally useful for removing the buildup of toxins and revealing the fresh, youthful layers of your skin.
Certain types are designed for sensitive skin prone to breakouts, while others are ideal for reducing the fine lines, and are guaranteed to smooth your skin imperfections and restore your glow.
Try: Hydrafacial at Elite Aesthetics in Kent – £110 here
Smooching with a flavour
They can be tasty, smell divine and perk up your pout in an instant – it’s no wonder they are ladies’ favourite beauty asset!
We’re talking lip balm, of course, and you can take your pick depending on your flavour and content preference, as long as it has ample ingredients that nourish and prevent chapped lips and dryness.
Once again, coconut oil is among favourite picks for keeping your lips safe if you like all-natural alternatives, but there are other, butter-based balms ideal for the winter blues.
Try: La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips – £7.50 here
Indulge in some creamy goodness
Your skin needs all the moisture it can get, and the perfect way to achieve this balance is to opt for a rich moisturiser cream instead of your lightweight lotion you’ve used all summer-long.
Sneak a peek at their ingredient list – they should be enriched with vitamin E, contain one or several skin-friendly oils and perhaps something soothing such as aloe vera which is ideal for irritations caused by weather changes.
Try: Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream – £47.63 here
Scarlet is a writer and contributor at highstylife.com interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health.