Even the most well cared for, balanced skin can be thrown off by dry, winter air. Just as our wardrobes change with the seasons, so should our winter skincare routine change to keep our skin protected, nourished and radiant. When skin becomes dehydrated, it often leads to dullness, flaking or itchy skin. Get ahead of the game and prepare your skin for the coming winter by making a few, easy preparations.
Here, we explain what you can do right now to prevent common beauty issues as temperatures start to drop.
Keep it clean
Winter is a dry time of year and cleansers (for the face and body) should be milder to combat the harsh elements. Swap your gel or foam cleanser for an ultra-hydrating cream or oil-based cleanser. Cream cleansers make sure that your skin stays moisturised while removing all traces of product build-up and dirt. For something a little different, massage an oil-based cleanser into your skin, it will dissolve make-up and impurities and then rinse right off.
Polish it up
The outer layer of your skin needs regular polishing to glisten, so exfoliate regularly. A build-up of dead skin cells can dull your skin’s radiance and clog follicles, often leading to congestion and breakouts. In addition to contributing to these skin issues, dead skin cell build-up can interfere with the performance of your skincare products. Exfoliating your face regularly, about 1-3 times a week, helps keep your skin free and clear of debris, while also aiding in the penetration of your skincare products.
Amp up your moisturiser
Dry skin, especially those flaky patches that tend to go hand-in-hand with a drop-in temperature, will dull your complexion. Protect your skin’s barrier by using a rich, heavy-duty moisturiser to soothe irritation and nourish your skin. If your skin needs a boost, try a facial oil to keep skin soft and hydrated for longer.
Vitamins are your new best friend.
During the winter, your skin tends to get less vitamin C, so we recommend using a serum in its place. It’s designed to restore and protect your skin, while also neutralising free radicals, defending against environmental damage, and helping to prevent accelerated ageing.
Sunscreen is a year-round necessity, even when the temps cool down. We recommend that all our clients wear sunscreen daily to prevent cumulative sun exposure and the resulting fine lines, wrinkles, discolouration, and even skin cancer.
Your winter skincare routine shouldn’t just focus on your face.
While you’re looking after your face, don’t forget about your body! We love using body oil in winter as it’s quick to apply and absorbs rapidly. Apply it immediately after a bath or shower to lock in moisture.