Beauty Tips: Winter Skin
When it comes to winter skin, I’m all about layering. If you have a skincare system that works for you, then the last thing you want to do when we move into the colder months is to start changing products and risk upsetting what works for you. This has happened to me on numerous occasions, mainly with my moisturiser where my summer one isn’t quite quenching enough for the winter months. But as soon as I try to use a heavier cream, I tend to have adverse effects, redness and breakouts. It’s not that my skin particularly gets more dry in the winter, so much as more dehydrated, so a richer cream won’t cut it.
So, I keep to the same cleansers, exfoliants, serums and moisturisers and when I start to feel that winter skin tightness arriving (which is actually in Autumn), the first thing I do is add a treatment oil (in my case one for dehydrated skin). My favourite by far is the Clarins Blue Orchid but there are many beautiful oils that can be layered with your moisturiser to give you that extra boost of hydration. Another favourite thing I like to do for my winter skin is to treat it to a mask once a week, which goes hand in hand with my winter ritual of baths. A good hydrating one will keep your parched skin from looking dull and tired.
Another product that I have just started trying recently, which is right up my street, is Vichy Mineral 89. This is a fortifying and plumping daily booster, full of hyaluronic acid, which you use right after cleansing and before your usual serum and moisturiser. So again, it’s an added step for the winter or when your skin needs extra hydration.
I know it can seem daunting and a darn right nuisance to add more steps to your skincare routine but when your skin needs it, you’ll want to layer with as many products as possible.