With the clocks going back and the nights drawing in earlier, it’s time to take charge of our skin. Skin needs care all year round but it’s during the winter months where it really takes a beating and has to work its hardest, so it needs all the help it can get. It can be hard to know what’s best for your skin but follow our simple guide and you’ll never need to worry about your complexion being as dull as the weather.
Increase the Moisture
Winter is awful for drying out the skin, with harsh winds as well as constantly fluctuating freezing temperatures and central heating. Upping the water intake is most people’s solution when wanting to add moisture, and this is a great habit to get into long term. Short term however, the likelihood of your increased intake of H2O getting to the surface of your skin quick enough to make difference is unlikely. It’s a good idea to switch to a heavier moisturiser, specifically at night so it can be absorbed by your skin while you sleep. We love Crème de la Mer moisturising cream for its thick and luxurious texture while still melting into the skin with out leaving any greasy residue. If you find this too heavy for every night, you can cut this down to just two or three times a week.
Night serums are also a great way to help brighten up your complexion; the coveted Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is perfect as it’s lighter than a moisturiser and helps to repair the skin over night giving you a fresh complexion for any early morning. If you feel like you need a bit more help on cold days, a lighter weight moisturiser is great to wear underneath your make up to protect skin. Clinique’s Moisture surge is perfect for this; the gel like consistency melts into the skin quickly making it the perfect base for make up application. Don’t forget about your lips! In winter we cannot live without Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream, whether it’s dry skin or chapped lips this is an all in one skin saver!
It’s a good idea to switch to a mild cleanser in the colder months; you don’t want to be stripping your skin of any natural oils you need to help you rejuvenate dull looking skin. Clarins Gentle Cleanser is great for this. With the effectiveness of soap in a formula as lightweight as cleansing milk, skin feels refreshed and clean without that post soap dryness. That being said there’s no need to forget about exfoliating. Dry skin still builds up so keep this as part of your skincare routine in winter but reduce it to times when you feel your moisturising routine isn’t working as effectively— perhaps once every two weeks. Things like moisturising masks are also a great thing to introduce into your winter routine to give your skin a real hydrating blast and the perfect excuse to cosy up on the sofa once a fortnight!
Build a Good Foundation
The key thing to remember in winter is to lighten the tone of your foundation, what worked in summer will absolutely not match in winter. You usually need about two shades lighter to get a natural winter glow but this can depend on how much you’ve been in the sun and whether you tan at all (some English Roses may not need to change)! If you are in the market for a colour change, yellow based foundations are great for warming up your skin tone without making it look too unnaturally pink or flushed. This is also a good time to go for a fuller coverage but again this can depend on what finish you like. Estee Lauder Double Wear is a great option for this as it lasts all day and DOES NOT BUDGE! Light reflecting or luminous foundations are a great alternative for those of you who prefer a dewy finish and want to keep the subtle glow that you love in the summer. It also helps to lift dull looking skin rather than concentrating on a heavy coverage. We love the Nars Sheer Glow £29.50 and Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising foundation £29 depending on whether your skin is dry, combination or oily.
Just because it’s winter, we’re big advocates of keeping the bronzer on the go. Don’t feel like you have to hide it away and become a paler, ‘winter’ version of your former self just because it’s cold. A gradual tanner or a light dusting of bronzer can perk up any dull complexion instantly, but do restrain yourself from your normal summer routine, you’re going for a slight winter flush not a Marbella tan! The Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder has two shades to choose from, the lighter one is great for any skin tone if you just want to add a flush of colour. Alternatively, Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel is great for mixing into foundation to get a subtle all over glow.
What can’t you live without this winter?
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