This year we’ve learnt our lesson and are doing our winter skincare prep early.
As tans fade, most of us will notice our skin starting to look worse and worse by the week. So, to keep the summer glow rolling into the next few months, follow our top winter skincare tips to see you through the worst of it.
‘Nourishing your skin is even more important during the winter months because the harsh weather means your skin is regularly exposed to changing environments,’ Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia Skincare says. ‘Using a cream cleanser will lift impurities and make-up without stripping the skin of its natural oils. This is particularly important during winter when harsh conditions dry out the skin. It’s important to keep it healthy and nourished.’
The lighter moisturisers we used in the summer will need replacing for something richer come winter. Skin can appear dull during this season as the cold weather, coupled with indoor-heating, sap skin of luminosity and moisture. Getting skin up to full hydration now will help you avoid this issue once winter arrives.
To add a little boost to your night time regime replace your night cream with an oil three times a week. This will act as a mini facial for skin whilst you sleep and keep the luminosity you have over the summer months. Apply oil last thing at night to stop it competing with moisturisers and make-up. Essential oils penetrate to the deepest layer of the skin, helping to restore its natural barrier. Starting this now will strengthen and prepare you skin, making it more resistant to environmental aggressors come mid-winter. For best results, warm the oil in your hands first, and then apply.
Sun damage will weaken skin. Without improving the strength, as winter approaches skin will deteriorate quicker. To keep skin in its best condition, regular treatments will continually reconstruct the epidermis to boost moisture levels. Applying a face mask once to twice a week will help brighten the complexion and keep your glow after the summer season.
As soon as the sun starts to drop, we instantly start craving comfort foods. Incorporating a ‘rainbow diet’, provides you with the nutrients you need to fight off winter illness and keep you looking your best. For the skin in particular, yellow and orange foods are beneficial, so stock up on sweet potatoes, mango and red peppers, which contain Vitamin A which is linked to keeping skin healthy.
The best products to help winter-proof your skin:
Cleanser: Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, £25
Moisturiser: Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream, £38
Oil: Darphin Revitalising Face Oil, £24
Treatment: Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Glam Balm Multi Mask, £35