Winter is pretty awesome – what with Christmas, the potential for snow days and the opportunity to wrap up warm in cosy A/W knitwear – but on the whole, our skin doesn’t really agree with this sentiment.
Between freezing cold winds, radiators, comfort food and blasts of air conditioning, more often than not our skin is left feeling frazzled during the winter months, so it’s important to give it lots of love and attention at this time of year.
Here are just a few ways you can tweak your skincare regime to suit the cold weather…
While light moisturisers are ideal during summer, at this time of year your skin can handle a denser, richer moisturiser or night cream. If you want to keep it light in the day that’s fine, but make sure you apply a hard-working moisturiser rich in soothing ingredients such as green tea and chamomile at night, as this is when the skin repairs itself.
A face mask is a real treat for skin and, coupled with a soak in the tub, can be a great excuse for a little ‘me’ time, too. Opt for a product that best suits your skin type and don’t go overboard with it – once a week is plenty. Remember that even though it might not feel like it, the sun is present all year round so any day creams you use should still contain a minimum SPF of 15.
The skin on our lips is so delicate that it doesn’t take much to unsettle it. Give your lips lots of love at this time of year by regularly exfoliating them and applying lots of soothing lip balm to avoid dry, scaly lips. Use a soft bristle toothbrush (ones for babies and young children are ideal) and add a small amount of your preferred lip balm. Gently buff the brush in circles across your lips once a week to keep them soft and chap-free.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream acts as a great protectant for face, body and lips, and if you want to use colour on your lips, opt for moisture-rich formulas or tinted lip balms instead of your usual lipstick, which can sometimes lead to dry lips.
Your décolleté (the area of skin between your neck and boobs) is one of the most likely culprits to suffer during winter, as it is often exposed to the elements all year round thanks to the various necklines we like to sport in the name of fashion!
This sensitive slice of skin needs its own skincare regime altogether, so look for moisturisers rich in avocado oil, aloe vera or algae extracts. When working the product in, it’s important not to drag your skin as this can cause premature aging. Stick to gentle upwards strokes instead.
To protect this area long term, wear a SPF 15 product all year round and make sure your coat, scarf or snood covers up any exposed skin when you’re outside.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!
If you suffer from dry, flaky winter skin, you probably already know that you need to moisturise inside and out, but all the lotions and potions in the world won’t work if you haven’t primed the base of your canvas (that’s you, in case you were wondering)! Regular exfoliation will slough off dead skin cells to reveal the new cells waiting patiently at the back. Couple this with a potent moisturiser and your skin will glow on even the darkest winter days.
Exfoliating twice a week will help your moisturiser penetrate your skin better, and a DIY version can is simple to make – just add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to a small bowl of granulated sugar, mix and apply. Areas that might need more attention than others include elbows, knees and heels.
Those are my tips for making the most of your skin this season – do you have any others to share?
Susannah Perez is a fashion and beauty addict who writes for Triactol in her spare time, retailers of natural bust enlargement creams. She loves winter and is crossing her fingers for a snow day, which she would spend making snowmen in the park!