Just as you’d switch up your wardrobe, it’s time to winterise your skincare routine.
Along with sweater weather comes cold, dry air that plays havoc with the skin. Throw in a bit of central heating and it’s the perfect setup for dry, itchy skin and cracked lips. So, how do you achieve fresh, status skin this winter? A reshuffle of your skincare wardrobe is needed.
Just a few simple swaps will ensure that your skin enters cuffing season glowing, plump and hydrated – the dream. From heavy-duty moisturisers and hydrating serums to nourishing face masks and smoothing lips balms, meet the beauty products that’ll save your skin this winter.
The first thing to add to your new season skincare kit? A rich cleanser. By this we mean ditch the foaming cleansers that tend to strip the skin of natural oils and opt for something balmy or oil-based.
Looking for the right cleanser for dry skin? The Inkey List’s Oat Cleaning Balm is the one. So hydrating that you can also keep it on for an extra 10 minutes and it doubles up as a face mask – genius. If you’re after something oil-based, Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser packs in an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that dissolve makeup and build-up without stripping the skin. For anyone whose sensitive skin flares up during the colder months, Dermalogica is here to save the day. Infused with calming balm mint and lavender, it soothes the skin while removing impurities and without disturbing the skin’s moisture barrier.
It’s time to ramp up the hydration. Like your winter wardrobe, nailing a winter beauty routine is all about layering, but this time, we’re talking skincare layering. Before you start applying moisturisers and face oils, make time for a hydrating serum.
When it comes to boosting hydration in your skin, hyaluronic acid is your best friend. This genius ingredient holds on to water molecules, acting like a sponge and soaking up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Top tip? Always apply to damp skin to maximise its effect. Our favourites? The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum both contain high levels of hyaluronic acid that sink into the skin promoting hydration.
Oily skin? Check out Sarah Chapman’s Intense Hydrating Booster. A lightweight, oil-free serum that comforts dehydrated, parched skin with a blend of hydrators and skin protectors. Genius.
Nourishing Face Masks
For maximum moisture, put some time aside for a weekly face mask. A serious injection of hydration, a face mask is a must-have in any winter skincare routine.
If you’re in a sit back and put your feet up kind of mood, opt for a sheet mask. Our go-to during the colder months? La Mer’s The Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask. Enriched with the brand’s iconic Miracle Broth, it helps to soften, nourish and soothe the skin. The dream. In a rush? Don’t worry, there’s a face mask for you too. As the last step in your bedtime routine, pop on Sisley’s Velvet Sleeping Mask With Saffron Flowers. An ultra-hydrating facial mask that works to deeply nourish the skin while you sleep – easy.
The best way to transform a dry, dull winter complexion? A rich moisturiser. Think of a moisturiser as your raincoat – it helps to keep everything locked in and protected.
For dry skin types, look for something infused with rich butters, ceramides, or hyaluronic acid. Sisley’s Restorative Facial Cream, which contains shea butter, or Caudalie’s Vinosource S.O.S Intense Moisturising Cream, with hydrating grape water, is perfect for soothing and moisturising parched skin.
We’ll say it again for the people in the back, oily skin doesn’t mean you should skip on the moisturiser. We’re not suggesting a heavy cream but instead try a water-based gel cream. Our go-to? Dr. Jart+’s new Vital Hydra Solution. Enriched with Dr.Jart+'s Vital Aid Complex™ and hyaluronic acid, it helps to rebalance the look of the skin while strengthening the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Fact: There’s nothing worse than dry, cracked lips and, unfortunately, when cold weather comes, they do too. So, how to save your lips this winter? A lightweight lip balm might have cut it throughout summer, but winter calls for something extra. Cue lip masks. Hydrating, nourishing and smoothing, a lip mask is the best way to show dry lips a bit of love.
Looking for a lip treatment that does it all? Kiehl’s Butter Mask For Lips and Jouer Cosmetics Conditioning and Replenishing Lip Mask are great places to start. Infused with creamy mango and shea butter, they blanket dry flaky lips with moisture. Out and about? Patrick Ta’s Magic Glow Softening Lip Masque soaks the lips in a layer of hydration while delivering a Y2K-worthy glossy finish.
After all your hard work, it’s time for the face oil. Why this order? Face oils are occlusive, meaning that they help to seal everything into the skin. Think of a face oil like the lid of a bottle – once it’s on, nothing is coming out and nothing is going in. Now you see why face oils are essential to a winter skincare routine.
So, how to pick a face oil? If cold air and central heating is drying your skin out, get your hands on Omorovicza’s Miracle Facial Oil or Sisley’s Black Rose Precious Face Oil. Packed full of active ingredients, both face oils help to target skin concerns whilst retaining moisture and improving the skin’s moisture barrier. Dull skin? Eve Lom is on the case. Enriched with free radical-fighting vitamin C, it helps to brighten the skin while protecting it from external aggressors. Plus, a rich blend of hemp seed and avocado oils are a treat for parched winter skin.