There’s so many things we love about winter; warm woolen mittens and bobble hats, buying a great coat to last the season, twinkling lights, peppermints, the promise of snow and, of course, Christmas. However, there is one thing we don’t love about it, and that’s the way it can impact on our skin. We spend all year trying to keep it in top condition – eating well, drinking tons of water, devotedly applying SPF – just for icy winter winds to come along and leave it dehydrated and flaky. The cold weather strips skin of its natural moistuising oils, with central heating doing exactly the same thing. And if your tight, itchy skin gets really inflamed, you can develop nasty patches of eczema – nobody wants that!
However, there are some things you can do to counteract the effects of winter. It may be tempting to spend your entire evening relaxing in a steaming bath, but try to wash using water that’s more lukewarm – it’ll help your skin retain its natural oils. This goes for washing your face and hands, too. It’s also really important that you keep your exfoliation routine up; moisture can’t get into your hands if the epidermis is clogged up with dead skin cells. Lips get a build up too; Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub banishes chaps, revealing soft lips beneath – the sweetie scent is a treat too. And when you’re outside, remember to wear gloves and a thick scarf.
What’s more, there’s plenty of lovely beauty brands who’ve created wonder products to save our skin during these chilly months. From rich moisturisers to nourishing lip balms, thick hand creams to soothing serums, there’s something to treat every ailment. So don’t go through winter suffering; check out our round up of the best saviour products. Whatever your beauty dilemma, we’ve got you covered…
It may sound crazy but snail gel has gained miracle-worker status thanks to its ability to repair damaged skin back to health. It's packed with aloe vera leaf and vitamin E it will keep hands and nails flake-free.
Icy blasts can cause even well behaved skin to get red, angry flare-ups. Calm and repair windburn with this serum, it’s full of super soothing grape extract.
When dry, the skin’s natural exfoliation process can slow down causing dullness. Sweep this cleanser, over your face using a cotton pad and the clever acids will get to work, banishing the build up of dead cells and giving you’re a serious radiance boost.
If you’ve got sensitive skin swap your fragrance for a perfumed body oil. This dry oil from Jo Malone smells just as good (if not better) than most fragrances, but it’s also mega moisturising – bonus!
The skin around eyes is thinner than anywhere else on your face, so it’s prone to UVA damage – even in the winter. Murad’s clever eye cream has shea butter to hydrate and boost elasticity, while the caffeine wakes up tired eyes and reduces puffiness. Plus it defends against UVA.
Just like your skin, when it’s cold the lack of humidity can cause your lips to become dry, the dead skin cells will sit on the surface causing chaps. Banish them with a lip scrub.
It’s time to ditch your foaming cleanser as the detergent-packed formulas can aggravate dry skin by stripping away any natural oils from the surface. Instead, switch to a gentle cleansing milk it’ll banish make-up whilst keeping your skin happy and hydrated.
The drop in temps equals a drop in humidity, which means your skin can’t draw any moisture from the air. Fight off dry, flakey patches by slathering on a mega rich moisturiser. This one is packed with sunflower extract to reinforce the skin’s defense barrier and plumping algae extracts that lock in water.
If you’re feeling under the weather it’s likely your immune system is weakened and you’re dehydrated, so sip lots of water and pile on a moisturising lip balm.
A long hot shower can dissolve the natural oils that sit on the surface of the skin, enter those stubborn scaly patches… Try to keep showers shorter in winter (we know, it’s hard!) then load up on body butter to lock moisture back into skin.