The days are getting longer (slowly albeit) and the birds are singing, it’s felt almost spring like some days. We are however in the depths of winter; this week has certainly been cold. The drop in temperature outside teamed with central heating inside, can play havoc with our complexions, as can the revelries still showing from the festive season! Think about stepping everything up to protect and nurture delicate skin while we wait for spring!
Start nourishing skin right at the very beginning of your routine by switching in a richer cleanser. An oil based cleansing balm is amazing at melting away make-up and daily grime, but it can also make a big difference to the condition of your skin. Isla Apothecary’s Skin Balm is one of my favourites, gently massage into skin at night and use a muslin cloth to remove. I like to do a second cleanse with a wash off cleanser to remove any excess oil and last traces of grime, I’m currently using Kypwell’s Gentle Herbal Cleansing Foam.
Use a floral water to refresh. Skin can become sensitised in the winter, so choose a rose or chamomile water to calm. Therapi Honey Skincare’s Rose Otto Hydrating Facial Toner is perfect for this. A lot of skin types are dehydrated especially in winter, so re-hydrating is key if you want to keep glowing through the colder months. BYBI’s Mega Mist is a favourite to start the hydration process thanks to an injection of hyaluronic acid – I use it on me and in my kit. I also like to use a serum with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration levels further, I am a big fan of Nourish’s Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum.
Next we need to feed skin; adding a plant based oil into your regime is an easy way to give the essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins that our skins need to stay healthy. Even oily skins can benefit from an oil, jojoba oil is so close to our skin’s natural sebum, it can actually help to balance it. Create a night-time ritual of massaging your chosen oil into your face, and ease away the day’s stress. A daily gentle massage, using upward movements can help with blood flow and eliminating toxins, thus add radiance. Use the oil on its own or under your moisturiser for optimum effect. There are so many amazing oils out there – Vanderohe, Mallow and White, Naya, By Sarah, De Mamiel, Nini Organics the list could go on..
Oils can be brilliant in the morning to set your skin up for the day, however if it feels too rich on its own, supercharge your moisturiser by mixing a couple of drops of oil into it. Essential fatty acids play a key role in the health of skin, so make sure you’re getting your quota by taking them internally too. Drizzle them over soups, salads or into your smoothie. Viridian’s 100% Organic Ultimate Beauty Oil is the perfect balance of 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids as well as a lot more goodness so a great addition to your beauty routine.
Skin can look lacklustre when it is dehydrated so remember to exfoliate that dullness away. Choose something gentle though to avoid irritation. Using a muslin cloth daily will lift away some of the dead skin, but a weekly treatment can work wonders. Pai’s Kukui Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator is suitable for the most sensitive of skins, so a great winter choice. I also love BYBI’s Prime Time – I used it last night and there was a huge difference this morning when I put my foundation on – the application was much smoother. Indulge your skin further by following it with a nourishing mask, I like to slather on Weleda’s Skin Food for a real treat.
A multi-purpose balm is must for the winter months. Choose a rich blend of plant butters, waxes and oils and have it on hand for any skin emergency. Apply to your cheekbones for a lovely sheen but also to protect you if the elements are harsh. We have BY SARAH’s Lip Balm at home which I use as a multi-tasker on my daughter’s skin too for protection in the cold.
Don’t forget about your body. As we cover up with layers, we tend to neglect the skin below the neckline. However hot showers and baths dry us out even more than usual so moisturising is even more necessary. I’m a big fan of Weleda’s Evening Primrose Body Oil it’s aimed at a mature skin which I’m not calling myself just yet, but my skin does love it!
Just by switching in a few new products, your skin doesn’t have to suffer this winter. Feed it well inside and out, and your complexion will show its gratitude 🙂
What are your top tips for winter skin?