It can mean more fine lines, redness and generally lacklustre skin. The colder temperatures, central heating etc. can all wreak havoc with our skin anyway but add in pregnancy, post-partum changes and exhaustion and you easily get issues like dryness, acne or hypersensitivity. Particularly for those with toddlers, there’s rarely an opportunity to pee alone, never mind think about your skin care!
Our skin really can change in the winter and so should the way we look after it. The better your skin care routine, the less makeup you need – so think of it as an investment both in terms of time and money.
So, here are my simple tips and some products that might help you.
- Good skin comes from within – water, water, water and eat your greens! There are also some excellent supplements on the market if you are so inclined
- Always moisturise! Don’t go outside without any moisturiser especially in cold weather, it goes a long way to protecting your skin
- Keep your baths and showers nice and warm but not really hot (as tempting as it is!) because it will really dry out your skin
- Hydration is the key to plumping out fine lines and giving you that “glow” so look out for hyaluronic acid as a key ingredient
- Cleansing is so important particularly before you apply moisturiser. You will then avoid blocked pores and congested skin that breaks out
- Oily skin types should not avoid moisturiser – oil can become overproduced if you avoid moisture (sometimes oily skin is actually dehydrated skin)
- Ask for samples! Some of the products are not cheap and a good skincare/cosmetic counter will be happy to provide a sample – it saves making expensive mistakes and allows you to try a few options
So a basic skin care routing should consist of cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day. If you’re really knackered in the evening then skip the toner but try and get your moisturiser on squeaky clean skin so it can work its magic overnight. Then try and exfoliate 2-3 times a week (can be done in the shower to save time) and treat your skin to a little “something extra” whenever you’re able to.
I’m not the biggest fan of face wipes as they can just move makeup and dirt around your face but if you need an occasional quick fix then Johnson & Johnson are great (and they do different types for different skin types), they’re very good at removing waterproof mascara too. Just try and use a cleanser or face wash afterwards.
Toning basically removes any last traces of makeup and dirt, closes pores and helps tighten and freshen the skin ready for moisturiser.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic is great for helping plump out skin and fine lines. If you have very oily skin then Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4 is oldie but a goodie. For a budget alternative try Nivea Refreshing Toner.
Try and moisturise twice a day whatever your skin type. If you have oily skin, don’t be tempted to skip this step, just find a moisturiser that is right for you (oil-free, mattifying moisturisers are great for daytime) and try and make sure your moisturise clean skin at night – that’s when it does all of its repair.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream is my favourite all-rounder and their Vitamin Enriched Face Base is oil-free and smells amazing. Both have built in make-up primers which is handy for helping makeup to stay put. Benefit Total Moisture is really hydrating and has a lovely texture. For a budget alternative, again Nivea Soft is a great all round essential (and you can use for hands and dry patches on elbows etc). Elemis and Dermalogica are also brilliant products.
In winter, I love a bit of subtle self-tan on my face. I try and use one every other night especially in the winter, otherwise I reach a Halloween level of paleness! UTan and Tone Night Creme and St.Tropez Everyday Gradual Face Tan moisturisers are great. They often mean you can go a bit lighter with or skip your makeup base altogether.
Worth doing 2-3 times a week. Dead skin cells really get in the way of your skin absorbing your products and exfoliating helps brighten your complexion.
My favourites are Aveda Botanics Exfoliant (it’s a liquid exfoliant so you use on a cotton pad rather than being a scrub), Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains and Origins GinZing Refreshing scrub are fantastic. Good old Simple Soothing Facial Scrub is a great budget alternative.
Don’t forget your lips in winter! I love the Clinique Sweet Pots which basically use sugar and lip balm to exfoliate and condition your lips. A little bit of sugar from a lip scrub doesn’t count in the January dieting right?!
That “Something Extra”
Serums are well worth spending a bit more money on than your moisturiser, it works a level deeper on the skin (basically smaller molecules penetrate deeper into the skin) which makes them great for fine lines. My favourites are Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum, La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Serum and Decleor Aromessence Serums (smell divine!) and No7 Protect & Perfect Serum also gets great reviews.
Face oils: Not just for dry skin! You can pop a couple of drops with your moisturiser or pat on as a final layer of skincare before your makeup or before bed. Make sure your face is properly clean and allow it to sink in properly otherwise your makeup will just slide off within an hour or so. I love Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil (another one that smells amazing), Sanctuary Facial Oil and Elemis Super Food Facial Oil.
Masking: Great once or twice a week to nourish your skin and also deep clean pores. Try Clinique City Block Charcoal Mask (doubles as a scrub). A sleeping mask is also a great low maintenance option (apply before bed and that’s it!), I got a tester of Shisheido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask and it’s definitely top of my list to buy next! Keihl’s Overnight Hydrating Masque is a good choice as is Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream.
Don’t forget your lips, hands and feet in the winter. Slap on a moisturiser just before bed. I keep a small tub of a multi tasking moisturiser (Nivea Soft) and a lip balm on my bedside table for when I forget and can’t be bothered to get out of bed! Right now, they sit next to my trusty bottle of Gaviscon and the book that I end up reading at the rate of one page per night (why is it that I can only manage one page of a book but can lose an hour on Instagram or Pinterest before I start to fall asleep?! I think I need to look at this clean sleeping malarkey from now on!).
So I hope you found that useful and I hope you are all having a wonderful start to 2017. As always I’d be really keen to hear your comments and feedback. Feel free to comment on Instagram or Facebook with any skin questions or dilemmas that you have.
I was thinking of doing a mascara review for next month – what do you think??
A Guest Blog from Elizabeth Spry
Elizabeth is a freelance make-up artist, trained at the London School of Make-up, specialising in Bridal and Special Occasion make-up. She also offers make-up lessons and makeover parties. Based in Cheltenham, she is also about to become a Mum for the first time in 2017 and lives with her husband Ben and working cocker spaniel Humphrey. Aside from make-up, Elizabeth is keen on fitness and the outdoors and has a very serious shopping habit. Her make-up philosophy is easy, natural and hassle free make-up that helps people to be the best version of themselves. She also volunteers for the Look Good Feel Better charity, which helps women being treated for cancer face the day with confidence.