Top Tips For Winter Skincare
There is nothing better than winter to throw your skin into complete havoc. After all the lovely sunshine it’s been getting throughout the summer, all the light and hydrating products, all the SPF - the arrival of the cold can be a complete shock to the system and throw whatever you were doing so well out the window. Having the heating on 24/7 can dry you out, the shock of the cold from the warm causes chaos, it’s just not a good time for your skin.
Goodbye to light gels, hello to richer creams and layers and layers of hydration. Trust me, you’re going to need it.
As the nights draw in and it gets dark at 4pm and it’s so cold outside you want to do nothing more than curl up in blankets, winter also brings the perfect moment to dedicate more time to pampering your skin with luxurious products too. What else are you going to do when it’s absolutely pissing it down? Well, if you’re me you’ll be out at shows anyway. If you have any common sense, you’ll be sheltering inside in the warm. Take this opportunity, and you’ll have the most plump, glowing skin to step into spring with.
With that in mind, here’s a small list of things that are easy to change, and things to make sure you’re doing to keep your skin in tip top condition in this most harsh of weathers.
Step away from the foaming cleansers. Leave them alone. Don’t even think about them. Foaming cleansers are generally full of SLS, which is going to do nothing but dry your poor skin out. And that’s the last thing it needs when it’s been subjected to cold winds and hot radiators all day.
Stick to milks, balms, and oils. Much more nourishing, even for those of us who are on the oilier side. And continue to double cleanse, no skimping here. And absolutely no wipes.
Continue to acid exfoliate. If you’re finding the change in your skin isn’t coping with a stronger exfoliator like the Nip+Fab Extreme Night Pads or a P50, go for something a bit gentler. Switch to lactic acid instead of glycolic. REN do a lovely one in the form of Ready Steady Glow.
Whack out the salicylic to deal with spots. Do it only 3 nights a week instead of every day. Whatever you do, just don’t stop. It’ll keep your skin glowing, fresh, and ready to absorb layers and layers of hydration.
Speaking of hydration, this is key to keeping your skin fresh and happy. Now’s the time to really invest in a good spritz. A spritz that does something, not just sprays water all over your face. That’ll do nothing but dehydrate you. Keep it in your bag, and apply liberally throughout the day.
Something like Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator, or for those of us on a budget the Superdrug Calm Skin Spritz with chamomile and hyaluronic acid is lovely.
Facial oils. Even if you have oily skin. There are oils out there for you, and these oils will nourish your skin and keep it lovely and plumped in a way that nothing else can really do.
Massage them in at night after your night cream or moisturiser and treat it as a luxurious spa experience, pop a drop or two on under your morning moisturiser to nourish your skin throughout the day and help protect it from the elements. Clarins oils are particularly wonderful, and reasonably affordable. And they cover all skin types.
If you can, do your evening skincare routine as soon as you get in from uni/work/school/college/whatever you do during the day. Double cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treatment/serum, more hydration, oil, cream - whatever order you do it in, do it now.
This means that you can reapply the oil/hydration stages throughout the evening when it’s all absorbed into your skin. No such thing as too many layers. If your skin is still absorbing product, you can stick more on.
Above all, learn to listen to your skin. It will tell you what it wants and needs, and it will get straight in the hump mobile and go full humpty dumpty if you don’t treat it right. And this all can be done on a budget! It’s just a matter of learning what different ingredients do, learning how to read inci lists, and a little trial and error to find out what works for you.
If you do nothing else, cleanse with a balm or milk, acid exfoliate, oil, moisturise. Bare minimum. Anything else is an added bonus.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Face skin, hand skin, body skin, lip skin. It all needs the added boosts of hydration whenever you can. Keep a hand cream and lip balm in your bag, use overnight treatments, slather yourself in body creams after showering/bathing. You will feel so much better for it.
What are your go-to winter skincare products? How do you change up your routine in the winter?