Written by Catherine Collins
Winter is here… and that doesn’t just mean cosy nights in by the fire, fleece blankets, fluffy socks, boots, scarves and sweaters – the cold, crisp, dry air, along with central heating, can play havoc with skin, leaving it dry, chapped, cracked and prone to breakouts.
Winter skin needs a little extra care.
But fear not, our winter skincare tips will keep skin in tip-top condition, without breaking the bank, and a few simple changes will ensure your face and body stays hydrated and glowing right through ‘til spring.
1. Drink more water
Never underestimate the power of water to keep skin hydrated. You may not feel as thirsty as you do in the summer, but your body needs water and it doesn’t have to be complicated – an extra glass every time you eat a meal, or a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon when you wake will soon give you results.
2. Use sunscreen
Even though the winter sun may not seem as strong and you’re probably covered from head to toe in what feels like a hundred layers of clothing, skin is still being exposed to harmful UV rays, whether it’s 26 degrees or 12. Incorporating an SPF sunscreen or moisturiser into your winter routine is essential to prevent premature ageing, starve off wrinkles and keep you looking younger for longer – trust us, you’re skin will thank you for it.
3. Swap lather for layer
Soap can strip natural oils from your skin and dry it out, which is the last thing you need if you’re already suffering – swapping your usual gel or foaming cleanser for an oil or cream based one for the winter months is a great base layer to your new skincare routine. Try a moisturising mask every now and then for an extra hydrating boost.
Moisturise, moisturise and, then, moisturise again to stop the winter weather depleting your skin and drying it out. Adding a serum to your daily routine will keep skin supple and bright, and if your regular moisturiser feels like it isn’t lasting through the day switch to a richer version that will see you right through ‘til night time.
5. Night time counts
We’ve all been guilty of falling into bed exhausted at the end of the day, but it’s just as important to have a night time routine that gives your skin time to replenish itself, especially when the winter nights are longer than the days. Be sure to cleanse before slathering on a night time serum or moisturiser and allowing it to soak into your skin while you sleep.
Be sure not to neglect your body, hands, feet and lips. Apply lip balm regularly, and body butter or lotion straight out of the shower or bath while skin is still damp to lock in moisture – a pair of socks on your feet overnight after moisturising will help to avoid cracked skin and keep skin soft.
A few of my winter skincare favourites
It’s not the cheapest, but I love Lush’s Gorgeous moisturiser and it does last a long time. Containing fresh fruits and orange blossom water – it soothes and moisturises leaving my skin soft and velvety, £42.50 for 45g. Their Celestial is a close second at a more reasonable £16.95 for 45g.
Never one to turn down cake, Lush’s Key Lime Pie Lip Balm means I can get my fix without the calories throughout the day, £7.50 for 12g.
There are so many of the Body Shop’s body butters’ scents that I love so it’s really hard for me to pick my absolute favourite, but this winter I’m using Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Butter, £6 for 50ml or £15 for 200ml.