Between the colder temperatures, extreme weather and central heating, our skin can lose its lustre over the winter months. In fact, you might already be starting to notice the first signs of the season – lips a little more chapped, skin that feels tighter and more easily irritated, not to mention that we all look a little paler without our regular dose of sun!
Many of my clients have asked me what they can do to keep their skin glowing over winter, and the good news is that just a few easy tips can keep you looking radiant throughout the festive season. Here are my top recommendations for winter skin care:
Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly
One of the best things you can do to keep your complexion looking merry and bright is to buff away dead skin cells. During the winter months our skin becomes drier as moisture is sapped away by the wind and cold; this can lead to a build up of dry skin and those dreaded flaky patches.
Slough off old skin cells with an exfoliating product that is right for your skin type. For the body, I recommend using a physical exfoliant, such as a body scrub. The combination of sugar and oil is the perfect weekly treat your skin is crying out for.
For the face, I find many physical exfoliators can be too abrasive on the skin. For this reason, I’ve designed a Gentle Apricot Face Scrub which will be launched in early 2021. Another great option is to try an acid exfoliator that contains naturally occuring AHA or BHAs. My personal favourite is the Enzyme Peel I use in my treatments, which is perfect for all skin types.
Use The Right Moisturiser
Moisturising should be a core part of your daily skin care routine, but did you know that you should change your moisturiser to suit the season? During the harsher months of autumn and winter, opt for a heavier moisturiser which is oil-based. Water based moisturisers can actually damage your skin during the colder months as the molecules can freeze when exposed to cold temperatures.
Instead, look for “rich” formulations that have a heavier consistency. I highly recommend the Skindividuality Shea Butter Moisturiser, which has been formulated to trap in moisture and create a protective barrier without being greasy.
A monthly facial is also a must over winter. Tailored to your unique skin needs and any new skin issues you may be experiencing with the change of season, regular facials give your skin a new lease of life.
A Note On Night Cream
If you’re not already using one, consider adding a night cream to your daily routine in winter. Designed to repair and replenish your skin overnight, these creams tend to sit heavier on the skin but can do wonders for tired, dull and dry skin.
Nourish Your Body
My final tip for this time of year is to remember that your skin is influenced by your diet. ‘Tis the season for excess, but moderation can play a vital role in the health of your skin. Make sure to stay hydrated and take vitamins daily, particularly Vitamin D which many of us become deficient in during winter.
For extra nourishment, be sure to get plenty of fatty oils in your diet from fish, nuts and seeds, and try to avoid too much dairy, sugar or alcohol, all of which can create additional skin issues.
With these tips, we’ll be ready to face the festive season head-on, no matter what the rest of the year throws at us