The reality of winter has truly set in and the weather just feels cold. While we all protect our bodies from the chilly weather with hats, coats, scarves and gloves, it’s often easy to forget to protect the exposed skin on our faces. We’re here to help with your complexion intervention to keep your skin from looking dry and lacklustre. This doesn’t need to involve a whole new skincare wardrobe, it’s just about making small tweaks and using your products in the right way. The key is to hydrate, brighten, soothe and protect.
Why adapt your skincare routine?
As we all know, wintertime brings its own set of challenges and this applies to our skin too. The drop in temperature, indoor heating and lower air humidity reduces the skin’s ability to protect itself and results in drier, dull and more sensitive skin. But don’t worry there’s still hope, even on the darkest of days. Here are our tips to keep your skin looking radiant and clear...
Change your cleanser
Cleansers are key to your regime as they create the base for your routine and help your subsequent products to be effectively absorbed. In wintertime skin is drier and more sensitive so you want to be using gentle cleansers that hydrate and nourish. If you are using a foaming or exfoliating cleanser and find that your skin is dry you should switch to a creamy cleanser or cleansing milk. For dry skin, opt for a balm cleanser or oil-based formula as these are specifically designed to prevent moisture loss.
Wintertime leads to lacklustre skin and the dead skin cells that sit on top on top of your skin not only contribute to the dullness but also prevents the absorption and therefore effectiveness of other products in your routine. To bring back your summer glow it is important to exfoliate as this will reveal a brighter, clearer, more youthful looking complexion. The key is gentle exfoliation (especially if you have sensitive skin) as all skin is more prone to irritation in wintertime.
Exfoliating will improve the texture and tone of your skin while minimising fine lines and active breakouts. In addition, once the exfoliating ingredients have cleared away the top layer of dead skin cells your daily moisturiser will penetrate better and will more effectively hydrate skin.
As your skin changes with the season, your skin concerns may be different in the summertime compared to the wintertime. You may find that your skin is drier in the wintertime so look for a serum with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, shea butter, jojoba or apricot oil. Dry skin also is more prone to showing signs of ageing so opt for a serum with antioxidants and Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. If you have sensitive skin, you may need to reduce the frequency of retinoid use as skin is more prone to irritation in wintertime. If skin is looking dull choose a serum with brightening ingredients including liquorice and Vitamin C.
In winter the creamier the eye cream the better. Creams will also help to hydrate the thin skin around your eyes and to plump up fine lines. Look for an eye cream with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E as these ingredients will stimulate collagen production, hydrate skin, protect against environmental damage, brighten skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet.
Masks possess numerous benefits for skin regardless of the time of year, however, during the winter your skin will be drier so using ahydrating mask can help to rehydrate skin and leave it looking plump and healthy. If your skin is particularly dry you can leave the mask on overnight so that you wake up with smooth, hydrated skin. If you have acne-prone or combination skin you might want to use a clay mask first, followed by a hydrating mask, this will help to decongest and control excess sebum while ensuring that your skin doesn’t dry out.
Those suffering from dull skin should look for a radiance boosting mask that will also help to hydrate and plump skin. Trufflesque contains a collagen boosting Hydra-Plump complex, peptides and a fruit and amino acid cocktail which work their magic to leave skin plumper, more lifted, super hydrated and silky smooth. It also combines diamond powder and gold photo-reflective particles that convert UV light to blue light which injects luminosity and radiance.
Gently exfoliating skin prior to applying a mask helps to remove dead skin cells and aids the absorption of the mask which maximises the benefits your skin gets.
In wintertime, oils can be beneficial for all skin types even those with oily skin. They help to nourish skin, impart a healthy glow and control oil production. If you try to strip the skin of oil it will overcompensate by producing more oil which will then cause congestion. If you have oily skin, opt for a lightweight oil that absorbs quickly into skin, don’t use an oil more than once a day and for maximum benefits apply in the evening time as skin produces less sebum at night. If you find that your skin looks more oily than dewy, try instead adding a couple of drops of oil to your moisturiser as this will boost the hydrating benefits of your moisturiser.
Cream moisturisers tend to be more hydrating than lotions as the ingredients that make the moisturiser creamy help to form a barrier on the skin which then traps moisture. It’s not just the viscosity of the moisturiser that is important but also the active ingredients. In wintertime you may need an extra boost of hydrating ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid) to keep skin looking plump and to minimise the appearance of wrinkles. For the daytime you might want to reach for a moisturiser that also revives tired, dull skin as well as smoothing and hydrating skin. Skin Truffle brings instant hydration, radiance and lustre as well as powerful anti-ageing goodness. It regulates moisture levels while brightening, firming and smoothing skin and targeting fine lines.
Lips and Hands
You may notice that your hands and lips are drier in wintertime and you are not alone in this struggle. Both lips and hands have fewer oil glands than most other parts of the body so they lack natural moisture. Not only do chapped and dry hands and lips look unappealing and prevent smooth lipstick application but it can also lead to painful cracking skin. Look for soothing and moisturising ingredients in your hand cream such as aloe vera, jojoba oil and Vitamin E. For a lip balm choose one with softening, protecting and conditioning ingredients such as beeswax and Vitamin E.
Just like your wardrobe your skincare needs to be tweaked to cope with the changing conditions in wintertime. This doesn’t need to involve a whole new skincare routine but it’s about making small tweaks to ensure that your regime is working effectively for you. Follow our winter skincare dos and don’ts for more radiant, healthy wintertime skin and let us know any tips you have for helping your skin to survive this season.