Friday, 04 November 2016

Skincare 101: Winter skin heroes

Winter (and Christmas!) is fast approaching and this week we are looking at products you can add to your routine to help your skin to cope with the change of season.

Written by Amy Cosgrove
The constant changes in temperature from the chilly commute to work contrasting with central heated offices and homes can take a real toll on our skin making your skin feel dry and sensitive.

One of the first places to suffer the effects of winter is our lips. It is possible to exfoliate your lips in just the same way that you do your face- I prefer to use a lotion rather than a scrub. I also regularly apply lip balm, having tried many over the years my favourite still remains Carmex as I have always found it to be the most effective and great value for money. Of course, having smooth, chap-free lips is especially important if you're looking forward to rocking a red lip over the festive season!

I am a big fan the whole year round but in the winter months cleansing balms and oils are a much gentler choice than scrubs and foams and will help to lock in precious moisture. Your skin is particularly sensitive at this time of year so watch out for harsh ingredients such as alcohol which can cause irritation. It also important to keep up with exfoliating as this will help your products to absorb and rehydrate your skin.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the best way to combat dry skin is to layer up moisture in your routine. I find oils particularly useful at this time of year; they can be used both in the morning and evening and really help to improve the skin's texture. Moisturising serums such as Indeed Labs Hydraluron which contains hyaluronic acid help the skin to retain water and prevent dehydration. I also like to introduce a more heavy duty moisturiser which helps to protect the skin from the cold temperatures; Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream is a great option. Masks can also be really useful as long as you stick to moisturising formulas rather than clay, Origins do a really great overnight mask which reduces the signs of dehydration on the skin and leaves your skin feeling plump and comfortable come the morning.

Although it is not technically a skincare product many women choose to wear some form of foundation or tinted moisturiser which of course will also have an effect on your skin. I tend to find that high coverage, long wearing bases can leave my skin feeling dry which in turn can leave my make-up looking cakey. I have found that Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue works almost like a skincare product in the way that it keeps my skin hydrated and always keeps my base looking fresh and natural. This product also has SPF30 which helps to protect you against the winter sun.

Winter Skin Heroes:

Carmex Original Pot Lip Balm, £2.69, Superdrug 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask 100ml, £24, lookfantastic 

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, £24, John Lewis 

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, £70, Space NK 

Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate, £37, Feelunique 

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, £27, Boots

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