Your skincare guide for winter

Winter really takes its toll on our skin, so we need to take some extra precautions and put a bit more effort into our skincare routines in order to keep it protected and nourished. The cold weather outside and the increase in central heating inside really dries out our skin, so changes will probably have to be made to the product line-up you relied on throughout the summer. Here’s a guide to what should be your winter essentials…

Lips

One of the first places that we will notice dehydration is with dry, chapped lips. Apply lots of a good quality lip balm constantly throughout the day to protect and soften the skin here. The botanical Albus & Flora Multi-Active Lip Balm in Naked SPF 30 (£10 from My Showcase) has your all-important SPF and broad-spectrum protection – things people often forget about just because it isn’t sunny – and it acts as a moisturising emollient barrier for your lips, to prevent moisture loss and protect them against environmental aggressors. It’s lightweight, scent-free and a joy to use.

Then, at night, use a dedicated overnight lip treatment mask to give your lips an intense boost of hydration as you sleep. These products are more heavyweight or oily than the lip products you would use throughout the day. The Nugg Lip Mask (£9.50 from Selfridges) hydrates and softens (via Shea Butter and Coconut Oil), giving you plumper lips by the time you wake up in the morning.

Face

When our skin dries out due to the harsh winter environment and moisture-sucking central heating, it loses its natural glow, so you need to hydrate your skin via your skincare routine (and drinking lots more water of course) to keep it looking and feeling its best. Switching your lightweight summer moisturiser for something heavier, and introducing oils back into your routine, will give your skin back its lustre, keep it moisturised and healthy and make your makeup apply a lot nicer.

The Lush Skin Drink Facial Moisturiser (£13.95 from Lush) is designed to protect your skin against the elements, so it’s perfect for winter use. It uses soothing and nourishing natural oils and butters, as well as avocado, to prevent moisture loss and leave a non-greasy barrier on the skin to protect it from environmental damage. It feels very luxurious and has a light floral fragrance.

There are so many different ways that you can incorporate an oil into your beauty routine. You can apply a few drops directly to your skin and massage it in before your moisturiser, or you can add it to your foundation or to your moisturiser itself. Oils are a real treat for dry skin and because they are lipophilic, they get deep into your skin to keep moisture in and nasties out. The organic Suti Skincare Rejuvenate Face Oil (£39 from Suti Skincare) contains Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil and Evening Primrose Oil, amongst other lovely ingredients and it locks in moisture, improves elasticity, promotes skin cell growth and calms irritated skin – perfect for harsh conditions.

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