In winter your skin can quickly become dried out, so it is time to start thinking about switching up your beauty products. Here are my six winter skin care tips and hydration boosting products.
1. Help your hands
In winter it is my hands that suffer the most in becoming dry and sore. The skin on the backs of our hands is very fragile, so I stay prepared by using the Roger&Gallet Bois D’Orange Hand Creme Sublime daily.
2. Use a gentle cleanser
Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water removes all grime and makeup, hydrates and brightens the skin without stripping away your skin’s natural oils. This cleanser and toner are a micellar water, so there is no need to rinse after so is very quick to use.
The Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water is very gentle so can be used on the eyes. The cleanser ingredients are super moisturising with British wildflower honey, British propolis, red algae to brighten the skin and for a little refresh – wild water mint. I find this cleanser to be kind to my dry and sensitive skin and is my alternative to foaming cleansers and oil combating toners during the winter months.
The third of my winter skin care tips is that even when the weather is bleak, you need to protect your skin from the sun rays; you can do this in numerous ways such as foundation, primer or moisturiser with SPF.
4. Butter up
Most moisturisers do not moisturise. Instead, their role is to prevent or slow moisture’s escape from the skin’s surface. My winter skin care tips are to lock moisture in by looking out for honey based products. Honey has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties as well as being a natural humectant, which means that it attracts and retains moisture – perfect!
Alternatively, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion is a luxurious feeling, rich and creamy lotion made from pure Cocoa Butter and enriched with Vitamin E. I use this every day to keep my skin moisturised, soft and to aid stretchmarks. The High-quality Cocoa Butter is a rich natural moisturiser while the Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and imperfections.
Keep an eye out for ingredients such as ceramides, glycerin, mineral oil, colloidal oatmeal, and petrolatum that are all excellent for tempering extreme dryness in winter. Avoid scented products as this can often dry out skin.
5. Buff up well & Pay lip service
Exfoliate regularly to help smooth any dry or flaky areas of skin and to remove any dead cells so that your skin is left soft and glowing. With the dead skin cells out of the way, skin can soak up more moisture with ease.
REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm gently exfoliates your body, renewing your skin with it’s caring and moisturising combination of olive, basil and peppermint oils as well as salt extracts.
The Magic Hour Exfoliating Foot Mask from STARSKIN gives a nourishing foot mask treat, leaving your winter feet revitalised, gently exfoliated and moisturised. The socks are infused with Lactic Acid and Concentrated with Sage and Soybean to purify, condition and soften the feet – perfect for an at home pamper!
Lush offers lip scrubs throughout the year to aid chapped lips. I still use ‘Santa’s lip scrub’ from last year as it offers a mild abrasion and tastes and smells delicious.
6. Cool your jets and pat
And the final of my winter skin care tips is that while a hot, steamy shower can feel fantastic if you are struggling with sensitive winter skin reduce the temperature. Hot water can wash away your skin’s natural oils. After showering be sure to pat down your wet skin rather than rubbing as this helps to leave in a little more moisture. Straight after showering be sure to lock in this moisture with some lotion as the skin’s hydration boost from your shower lasts only about three minutes without lotion.