The days are getting shorter, it’s getting colder and the air is getting drier. While this is the best season for oversized sweatshirts, hot chocolate and movie nights in bed, this is the worst season for your skin. Although it gives your skin a much-needed break to repair any damage caused by summer, you may have already noticed your skin seems to have lost its glow, and is looking dry or dull.
This is when the importance of a good, regular skin care routine becomes more important than ever. A face wipe and a day cream may have done the job over summer but getting your skin to stay hydrated will be more of a challenge as the temperatures continue to plummet. Thankfully, brands recognise your skin care regime needs to change with the seasons, and there are specially designed products to keep you glowing and fresh all winter long.
When your skin feels dry your first instinct may be to exfoliate but this can actually lead to dehydrated skin. Harsh exfoliation strips your skin of its natural oils which causes dry skin and even breakouts. So, cut back to once a week with a softer more sensitive product. My recommendation is The Body Shop’s aloe range for sensitive skin. Aloe is a winter saviour, not only does it rejuvenate while gently removing impurities, it doubles as a calming agent for delicate skin.
Switch to a hydrating cleanser, not only will this improve your dry skin but it will prevent the development of skin conditions such as eczema. Avoid foaming cleansers and instead opt for thicker lotions and oils to help your skin keep the nutrients it needs. Liz Earle Cleans & Polish is available for around £16, its formula enriched with cocoa butter, rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus will leave your skin comfortable and renewed.
Face serums are one product we should all invest in this season, used at the stage between your cleanser and your moisturiser, the serum creates an extra barrier of skin loving goodness to protect against the cold. These are available to all skin types from as little as £5 from Boots and Superdrug.
Invest in a thick and creamy hydrating moisturiser that is rich in nutrients and vitamins. Creams with barrier-repairing ceramides and fatty acids are good at preventing water loss. There are benefits of having a separate day and night cream. Your day cream should prepare your skin for the harsh weather in the day ahead, while your night cream should focus on repairing any damage to your skin.
My latest love is Botanics The Power of Plants 81% Organic Hydrating Day cream, a little goes a long way and it’s available for less than £10. My top tip for avoiding dry skin is that bedtime is the best time to lather up on your moisturiser and thoroughly hydrate your skin.
You may think facemasks will be the solution to your problems, right? However, they can actually be harmful. Avoid any foam or any harsh ingredients such as charcoal, which may leave your skin vulnerable, and instead use a gentle repairing peel with a mild exfoliation.
Chapped lips are a pain none of us need. While products such as Carmex and Vaseline will do the job, investing in the right balm is key. Your lips don’t have the same protective layers as your skin and therefore they are more sensitive to moisture loss. Burts Bees is a personal favourite of mine, they use 100% natural ingredients, and selective balms are included in their ‘bring back the bees’ campaign.