The nights are drawing in, the days getting shorter and summer clothes are starting to get packed away, scarves are making a come back. Clearly the season are on a cusp and change is in the air. Pretty soon, the central heating will creak back to life and hot/cold temperatures will start to play havoc on skin.
So just like your wardrobe changes as we move into winter, so should your skin care. I’m always amazed by the amount of people using light summer products on their skin in the dead of winter, when their skin is crying out for some much needed care and attention as it tries to battle changes in the temperature and climate.
I tend to replace light face washes with more intense cleansing balms and make even more of an attempt to ensure I am properly double cleansing from hairline right down to the neck area. With skin battling the elements and temperatures, it’s even more important to pay closer attention. Even with my oily skin I tend to hydrate more. For example, in winter I always do two face masks. One to cleanse and draw impurities followed straight after by a hydrating mask. Works for me to keep oil under control, but also to deep moisturise.
In winter, as skin can get clogged up with dead skin cells as cell turnover slows down, I also advocate incorporating a muslin cloth or flannel in any cleansing routine a bit more, especially if you aren’t doing so already. This can serve as a gentle exfoliation process as your wipe off cleansers. Use in small circular motions paying close attention to the bridge and sides of nose and chin as blackheads tend to congregate there. You could even throw in some glycolic to help with getting rid of dead skin cells that dull skin. Glycolic helps give more glowy skin and help products penetrate more into skin because the dead skin cells are out of the way. Alpha H is my absolute favourite for glycolic products and I love their Liquid Gold range.
Skin may also suffer from some dryness in winter months and there’s nothing wrong with adding a few drops of face oil to your regular moisturiser. I don’t subscribe to day or night moisturisers. I have a selection that I use depending on how my skin feels. Face oil can be as simple as rosehip oil or something more advanced like Bodhi’s Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Serum. There are tons out there to choose from. If used overnight, I find them more effective and can really help to balance skin.
Also don’t sleep with the central heating on and leave a window open if you can manage it. The heat sucks moisture out of the skin as its dry heat and doesn’t benefit the skin in any way, plus it gives you a headache! If you can’t but sleep with it on, using a hydrating serum too. Ark Hydrating Serum (£39)is excellent if you’re on a budget but Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (£59) is also amazing if money is no object.
If its affordable to your pocket, throw in a few facials. The deep cleansing does a world of good and gets the skin healthy and glowing in the drab winter months.
Talking about facials and things being affordable, top London facialist Una Brennan has developed amazing range of affordable but targeted skin care products called SUPER FACIALIST that give great results. I have the Neroli Facial Oil AND Cleanser to give away this month to kick start a special readers winter cleansing routine. The facial oil is not only firming and anti ageing, but also lifts and hydrates the skin. The cleanser helps to brighten and contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin. Can’t get a better kickstart to clean skin than that!
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