7 Ways To Transition Your Skin Through To The Winter Season
Posted by Charlotte Connoley in Skin Care
With Autumn’s beautiful colours all around us and the weather getting chillier, this is the ideal time of year to start thinking about ramping up your skin care routine before winter sets in.
Many of my clients ask the question, ‘Should I change my skin care routine when the season changes?’ My answer is, ‘Absolutely!’ Just as you change the clothes in your wardrobe to meet the demands of different seasons, your skin care routine should change too. In Winter months, you need to protect your skin from the wind and cold outside, and cranked - up central heating inside. Cold weather can make your skin dry - lacking in oil - or dehydrated - skin which is lacking in water, so it’s important to use products that will nourish your skin.
Make sure your skin is clean and make - up free at the end of the day, which helps any treatment products you use to work properly. Dermalogica’s Essential Cleansing Solution, £32 is a non - foaming creamy cleanser, which doesn’t contain any artificial colours or fragrances, and helps to cleanse the skin without drying it out. If you prefer to use a cleansing oil, Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil, £17.99 with Coconut & Argan Oil is 100% natural, with no nasty parabens or phthalates to leave skin feeling clean and soft.
Exfoliating skin in the Winter months will help keep it looking fresh and dewy. The key here is to be gentle - a weekly treatment is likely to be enough for any skin type. La Roche - Posay has an Ultra - Fine Scrub, £10 for Sensitive Skin that will help remove impurities and the build - up of dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft.
Choose something suitable for your skin type and swap your lightweight, daytime moisturiser for a heavier cream, oil or balm, which will help to shield your skin from the elements. Dr. Hauschka’s Revitalising Day Cream, £20 uses extracts of witch hazel to balance and rehydrate skin.
Even if you aren’t taking to the ski slopes this year to be exposed to Winter sun, there are still damaging rays here on grey cloudy days that can harm and damage the skin, so SPF every day still please!
Skin can be more prone to dry patches in Winter and to correct it, oil is your friend here. I’m a big fan of facial oils. Oils have smaller molecules, so they reach deeper into skin and help to rebalance it, so grab yourself a nourishing facial oil and apply it at bedtime, which gives it a chance to really go to work as you sleep. Antipodes’ Divine Face Oil Certified Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip, £21.99 is made with, perhaps not surprisingly, 100% pure avocado oil. It also contains sweet orange rind and jasmine petal in a light formula to soften and hydrate skin.
Remember that any oils, serums and creams need to be properly applied to get the best results – don’t be afraid to really work them into the skin. My method relies on using some lymphatic drainage techniques; I apply the product onto the centre of the face and sweep upwards and outwards using firm strokes, applying pressure along the cheekbones, jawline and above the eyebrows, sweeping downwards to reduce toxins and puffiness. Be gentle around the eyes though.
Don’t forget about your lips in your new skin care routine. Lipsticks can be quite drying and it’s worth looking out for fragrance present in lip balms as these can have a drying effect, so go easy. Treat your lips as you would your skin, cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising, Clinique's Superbalm Lip Treatment, £14 is a great choice. and make sure you drink lots of water throughout the day to keep you skin and body hydrated. Clinique's Superbalm Lip Treatment, £14 is a great choice.
We might feel like hibernating at this time of year, but those Christmas parties are just around the corner, so regular exfoliating and moisturising will help keep the skin on the rest of your body in tip - top condition too. Aveda’s Beautifying Body Moisturiser, £24 combines shea butter with the lovely scents of rosemary, lavender and bergamot to nourish skin all day - perfect preparation for any sleeveless, backless number that takes your fancy.