Once January hits, we become unwillingly accustomed to the long, dark nights, biting cold wind and sweeping sheets of rain. However, whilst our minds may be well adjusted, our skin simply doesn’t take to the season quite so swiftly.
As if being under fire from the harsh environmental assaults of winter wasn’t enough, skin also has to battle drying central heating and long hot showers, and when these three aggressors team together, they can cause skin to lose almost 40ml of water per day to the atmosphere. And so, it’s inevitable that without a little extra TLC, it can rapidly become distressed. To balance the impending chaos, stock your skincare arsenal wisely and help maintain a balanced and happy skin through to spring.
Lavish skin with an extra layer of comfort by incorporating a facial oil into your daily ritual. When applied directly after cleansing, a lightweight natural oil will form a protective barrier helping to lock in valuable hydration whilst imparting cell-deep nourishment. A light layer of moisturiser over the top will further stop skin from drying out and keep your complexion feeling comfortable day-long.
Whilst your much loved hydrator may perform flawlessly throughout the warmer seasons, once the temperature drops it would be wise to consider a richer and more targeted alternative, especially those prone to dryness and irritation. Creamy, balmy textures are best for protecting skin against harsh winter winds, but do look for non-comedogenic options so that pores don’t get blocked and lead to breakouts.
The addition of an intensive mask once or twice a week will not only add nourishment to skin, it will also give you ten minutes of skin and mind-calming down-time as it gets to work. Look to creamy, luxe formulas that will infuse skin with much-needed moisture, repair any damage and revive weary complexions – akin to being wrapped-up in a cashmere blanket, these masks will protect you from the harsh winter chill.
For those exceptionally biting cold days when skin easily becomes chapped, flaky or reactive and cries out for a little extra care, make use of targeted treatments that will get to work fast – transforming, restoring and replenishing stressed-out skin. With a featherlight touch, use a gentle exfoliator to buff away flaky patches and follow with a rich emoliant balm-textured serum to repair any damage.