When it comes to winter, changing your wardrobe is pretty normal – away goes the shorts and summer tops, and out comes the knitwear, long boots and extra layers. The change in temperature means you need to change what you wear to stay warm… but do you change your skin care routine to keep your skin in good condition in the colder temperatures too?
If you don’t – you’re not alone.
Not many people change their skincare routine when the weather changes, but it’s super important.
In the winter months your skin is exposed to a completely different environment than in the summer – the most obvious difference being the cold. But also artificial heating indoors and a lower humidity also have an effect on the skin too.
It’s super important to keep your skin hydrated to prevent sensitivity, irritation and dry skin. Keeping your skin protected from these harsh conditions isn’t too difficult – some simple changes to the products you use is all you need.
Which Products Should You Switch?
When your skin is feeling a little dry, applying more of your usual moisturiser might seem the obvious option. However, opting for a thicker, creamier moisturiser containing ceramides (to repair the skin and prevent moisture loss) can be much more effective (and your skin will thank you for it).
If you’re adding a serum to your skincare routine, apply this before applying your moisturiser.
Recommended Products: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Clinique Moisture Surge or Clarins Super Restorative Dry Cream.
Cleanser is a product that is often overlooked – I mean, if you’re smothering your skin in moisture and goodness after it’s clean… does your cleanser matter? The answer is yes.
Foaming cleansers work to remove excess oils and sebum from the skin which makes them the perfect cleansers for summer when your skin is more oily. However, in winter, foaming cleansers strip the skin of moisture and can lead to dryness and irritation.
Switching to gentle skin cleansers that hydrate (those no exfoliating or foaming formulas) can minimise loss of moisture and irritation.
The cleanser you choose will often depend on your skin type, but if your skin allows it, opt for a creamy cleanser to cleanse your skin without sacrifycing the skin’s barrier.
Recommended Products: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
ADD A TONER
If a toner is part of your skincare routine – keep it there for winter. Opt for an acid toner which contains low levels of acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid.
These acids work to remove dead skin cells, promote collagen production and even out the skin tone. It’s also safe to use on a daily basis.
Recommended Products: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner, Pixi Glow Tonic
AND… A FACIAL OIL
A facial oil is the perfect addition to your winter skincare routine to keep your skin hydrated and protected against the harsh weather. Either apply the oil before your moisturiser or add a couple of drops to your moisturiser.
Recommended Products: Decleor Rose D’Orient Soothing Comfort Oil Serum, Arromatherapy Associates Mattifying Refining Facial Oil, Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil
DON’T FORGET SPF
You can guarantee SPF is a product which is automatically thought of in the summer as an essential product to protect your skin from the sun. But in the winter it’s often forgotten about.
Just because it’s a little chilly outside, it doesn’t mean the sun isn’t there. The UVA rays (which are believed to cause aging and cancer) are still there and can be just as harmful in the winter as in the summer. These rays come through clouds, windows and can even penetrate layers of your skin and cause damage.
So make sure SPF is still an essential in winter. If you don’t fancy smothering yourself in suncream all winter too, opt for a tinted moisturiser which contains SPF.
Recommended Products: Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery, Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield, Origins Ginzeng Energy Boosting Tinted Moisturiser
EXFOLIATION IS STILL IMPORTANT
Exfoliating your skin in the winter should still be up their on your skincare musts. It’s still super important to remove dead skin cells and keep your looking glowy and fresh, but the method you use to do this must be a little gentler on the skin.
It’s best to use a scrub, textured cloth, liquid peel or a creamy enzyme mask rather than a physical exfoliant. This ensures the skin is exfoliated effectively without excessive scrubbing or peeling which could damage your skin.
If you don’t already exfoliate your skin, add exfoliation into your night time routine so your skin won’t be exposed to UV rays straight afterwards. After you’ve exfoliated, use a vitamin serum or moisturiser (or both!).
Recommended Products: Caudalie Glycolic Peel, Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, Eve Lom Muslin Cloths.