Prepping your skin for winter

The return of winter might have felt as if it came a lot sooner, with the temperamental changes from warm and sweaty to cold and crisp, but the change in seasons bring more than just cosy knits and knee-length boots. It’s also the chance to reboot our skincare regimes. Make these simple switches and invest in your routine to guarantee healthy, glowing skin in the darker months.

Try a thicker moisturiser

It’s time to switch out the lightweight moisturiser you’ve been slathering on all summer and convert to a thicker formula. Upgrading to a thick cream or gel blended with ceramides and hyaluronic acid helps to replenish dry skin. BST top tip: To help avoid your moisturiser coming straight off onto your pillow, invest in a Holistic Silk Pure Mulberry Pillowcase to ensure it stays put.

Combination skin: Origins GINZENG™ Energy Boosting Oil-Free

Dry skin: Bee Yü Ultra-Hydrating Day Crème

Oily skin: My Clarins RE-BOOST Matifying Hydrating Cream 

Sensitive skin: Mavala Nutri-Elixir Absolute Night Balm

 

Add hydrating serums

If there is one thing, we all know about our skin, it’s that come winter, moisture-boosting serums are essential – with some of us incorporating two into our routines!

Combination skin: Tropic Glow Berry Brightening Serum

Dry skin: Glossier Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum

Oily skin: Balance Me Congested Skin Serum

Sensitive skin: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Moisturising Day Serum 

 

Make your exfoliants work harder

Between the cold air and dry indoor heating, your skin becomes a little dehydrated. Whether it be a liquid or textured exfoliant, winter is the perfect time to add these into your skincare routine. Scared of using exfoliants on sensitive skin? We’ve got just the thing…

Combination skin: Glossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector

Dry skin: Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream

Oily skin: Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Sensitive skin: Paula’s Choice Calm 1% BHA Exfoliant 

 

Don’t forget your lips

‘’Our lips tend to suffer the most in the winter so it’s important to use a moisturising lip balm with an added SPF. Those containing petroleum jelly work well as they can heal dry and cracked lips sealing in moisture at the same time,’’ comments Dr Ross Perry.

Lip scrub: E.L.F Lip Exfoliator Rose

Tinted balm: Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 

Everyday go-to: Glossier Balm Dotcom 

Lip Mask: Erborian Camellia For Lips

 

SPF is still important

‘’Whilst summertime UVB rays warm the atmosphere, they are blocked by clouds so they are present very little risk of burning through winter. However, UVA rays are present in equal measure every second of day light, even in the winter so sunscreen is still an absolute must,’’ explains Victoria Hiscock, AlumierMD Medical Communications Manager.

Combination skin: AlumierMD Sheer Hydration SPF 40 Versatile Tint

Dry skin: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Ultra-Light SPF 50+

Oily skin: Sk:n Sunscreen SPF 30 

 

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Text: Laura Ward
Images: Origins, Tropic, Glossier, E.L.F, AlumierMD

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