Cold weather, harsh central heating and the yo-yo effect of extreme changing temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin this time of year. But rather than suffer the emerging scaly skin and ultimately itchiness (dermatitis is a big thing during the winter for many), here are the best ways to lock in that deep hydration. According to studies published in the Harvard Medical journal, “Water loss (in the skin) accelerates when the lipid-glue is loosened by sun damage, over-cleansing, scrubbing — or by winter’s low humidity and the drying effects of indoor heat.”* So here’s how to keep your skin protected over the winter.
Richer Textures Are Your Friends
During warmer months, the fear of having excess shine or a too-rich texture for your skincare can compromise your makeup, leading it slide off prematurely during the day. But in winter, it’s an altogether different story. Go for rich textures, but wait for at least five minutes between applications of products. Start with a hyaluronic serum like Dr Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum first to lock in the moisture, wait five minutes and hydrate further with a rich moisturiser. Try Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion and By Terry Baume de Rose Face Cream.
Cleansing Balms Only
Cleansing can be a stripping process, especially if you opt for foaming or more abrasive formulas. Instead, embrace the multiple benefits of a cleansing balm, that is packed with rich oils and moisturising ingredients so the skin will be left clean, without feeling dry and squeaky. To really get the maximum effect of these richer formulas, apply to dry skin and massage for five to seven minutes. Try using lukewarm water rather than hot water, which can wash away natural oils. Try Eve Lom Cleanser or Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm.
Oils And More Oils
To seal in the hydrating ingredients, a layer of nourishing oil is the best option as it acts as mask that will seal in the moisture. This is best done at night as it can leave a shiny finish, though extremely dry skin could benefit from a serum, followed by an oil and finished off after with your usual moisturiser during the day. The best formulas sink into skin without leaving a sticky residue. Try Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil or Verso Super Facial Oil.
Get Your Acids In Now
While it might sound counterintuitive as your skin is drying out, get to grips with your glycolic acids and retinols now, as these natural exfoliators can work on your skin while you sleep, plus it’s harder to use these ingredients in the summer months when you’re more likely to be exposed to UVA and UVB rays. For a gentle buffing action that won’t strip the skin, try Sunday Riley Good Genes and Kat Burki Restorative Dual Acid Peel.
SPF Is Always A Good Idea
It might seem unnecessary given the gloomy winter days and long nights ahead, but it’s essential to keep the skin protected from pollution (which often worsens as cloudier weather sets in), as well as the UVA and UVB rays that get through regardless. Try Sarah Chapman Skin Insurance SPF 30 and Natura Bissé Diamond White Oil-Free Brilliant Protection SPF50+, both of which are light formulas that won’t feel tacky and mask-like.