Just as our wardrobes change with the seasons, so should our winter skincare routine change to keep our skin protected, nourished and radiant. Say no to dry, flaky or itchy skin by making a few switches this winter.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of what you need in a winter skincare routine:
1. Keep it clean
Winter is a dry time of year so you should be laser focused on getting as much moisture into your skin as possible! Swap your gel or foam cleanser for an ultra-hydrating cream or oil-based cleanser.
Cream cleansers, like Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, make sure that your skin stays moisturised while removing all traces of product build-up and dirt. For something a little different, massage some Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil into your skin – it will dissolve make-up and impurities, and then rinse right off.
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Our Beauty Editor’s winter cleansing tips:
- That ‘tight’ feeling you get after you wash your face does NOT mean it’s squeaky clean, it means it’s extra dry. If your face wash leaves your skin feeling tight, you definitely need to switch to a cream cleanser!
- Never wash your face with very hot or cold water, as this can irritate skin and cause damage. Always use warm water.
- Face cloths are difficult to keep clean and germ-free, and that is why they’re notorious for depositing dirt back onto your face. A better option is usually just to use your hands, taking extra care not to apply too much pressure to the sensitive skin around your eye area.
- Once or twice a week, treat your skin to a double cleansing. Start with an oil-based cleanser, then follow up with a cream cleanser. Double cleansing helps remove dead skin, make-up and excess oil. It also helps to prep your skin so that it can respond better to the ingredients in your moisturiser.
2. Get heavy
A light moisturiser might be fine for your skin during summer, but come winter, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Cold, dry air when you’re outside and warm, dry air when you’re inside can leave skin feeling tight, dry and irritated.
Protect your skin’s barrier by using a rich, heavy-duty moisturiser to soothe irritation and nourish your skin. If your skin really needs a boost, try a facial oil to keep skin soft and hydrated for longer. We love Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream, The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream – your skin should get more than enough hydration with one of these three gems.
3. Less is more
Dry winter skin needs exfoliation, but not as often as it does in summer. Dial back the number of times you exfoliate to once a week, and use an exfoliator that has no harsh granules.
Johnson’s Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Wash contains micro-beads that will leave your skin deeply (yet gently) cleansed. Got some extra time? Try on the Filorga Scrub & Mask for smoother and refreshed skin.
4. Winter skincare while you sleep
Upgrade your winter skincare cupboard with an overnight moisturising treat. Skip your usual night cream and use an overnight mask or treatment that delivers an extra boost of hydration while you sleep. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleep Mask will work on your skin’s texture, L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Radiance Cream Mask will leave your skin feeling silky smooth, and Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum will stimulate cell renewal and boost collagen production while you’re far away in lala land.
5. Your winter skincare routine shouldn’t just focus on your face
While you’re looking after your face, don’t forget about your body! We love using body oil in winter as it’s quick to apply and absorbs rapidly. Apply it immediately after a bath or shower to really lock in moisture.
If you don’t want to ditch your body lotion, then mix in a few drops of body oil. We dare you to try Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body oil – not only is it a perfect winter skincare switch, but it also firms your skin and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. Yes please!
If you don’t have time to slather on some body oil after a shower, then you definitely need to change your soap or shower gel for a cream-based cleanser like Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash.
6. Be hands-on
Hands can really take a knock in winter. And they often show signs of ageing before any other part of our bodies because they’re so hardworking (and often neglected). In winter, our strategy to keep hands soft is to keep tubes of hand cream everywhere. And we do mean everywhere – the car, all your handbags, your office drawer, and even next to the sink – basically, wherever you are, you should have a bottle of hand cream nearby. This stringent strategy will also help keep your nails strong.
Our secret weapon is to apply some SBR Repair Cream at night before bedtime. Developed to repair your skin’s barrier, it’s an incredibly rich cream that transforms skin overnight. But we don’t recommend using it during the day because it does tend to sit on top of the skin and will make everything you touch slightly greasy.