Love it or loathe it, the nights are drawing in and the colder weather will soon be with us. The winter months bring a whole new range of factors that can affect our skin. Sharp winds and a drop in temperature outside teamed with central heating inside, can play havoc with our complexions. Think about stepping everything up to protect and nurture delicate skin this new season.
Start nourishing skin right at the very beginning of your routine by switching in a richer cleanser. An oil based cleansing balm is amazing at melting away make-up and daily grime, but it can also make a big difference to the condition of your skin. Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Wild Rose Beauty Balm is one of my favourites, gently massage into skin at night and use a muslin cloth to remove. Use a floral water to remove excess oil and to refresh. Skin can become sensitised in the winter, so choose a rose or chamomile water to calm. Therapi Honey Skincare’s Rose Otto Hydrating Facial Toner is perfect for this.
A lot of skin types are dehydrated especially in winter, so re-hydrating is key if you want to keep glowing through the colder months. Adding a plant based oil into your regime is such an easy way to add moisture as well as essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins that our skins need to stay healthy. Even oily skins can benefit from an oil, jojoba oil is so close to our skin’s natural sebum, it can actually help to balance it. Create a night-time ritual of massaging your chosen oil into your face, and ease away the day’s stress. A daily gentle massage, using upward movements can help with blood flow and eliminating toxins, thus add radiance. Use the oil its own or under your moisturiser for optimum effect. Skin and Tonic’s Naked Beauty Oil is a simple blend of just six ingredients, but it is packed to the brim with skin feeding nutrition.
Oils can be brilliant in the morning to set your skin up for the day, however if it feels too rich on its own, supercharge your moisturiser by mixing a couple of drops of oil into it. Essential fatty acids play a key role in the health of skin, so make sure you’re getting your quota by taking them internally too. Drizzle them over soups, salads or into your smoothie. Viridian’s 100% Organic Ultimate Beauty Oil is the perfect balance of 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids as well as a lot more goodness so a great addition to your beauty routine.
Skin can look lacklustre when it is dehydrated so remember to exfoliate that dullness away. Choose something gentle though to avoid irritation. Using a muslin cloth daily will lift away some of the dead skin, but a weekly treatment can work wonders. Pai’s Kukui Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator is suitable for the most sensitive of skins, so a great winter choice. Indulge your skin further by following it with a nourishing mask such as their Rosehip BioRegenerate Rapid Radiance Mask, which will also help to brighten skin.
A multi-purpose balm is must for the winter months. Choose a rich blend of plant butters, waxes and oils and have it on hand for any skin emergency. Apply to your cheekbones for a lovely sheen but also to protect you if the elements are harsh. Herfarmacy’s Mallow Beauty Balm is a great one to have on hand.
Don't forget about your body. As we cover up with layers, we tend to neglect the skin below the neckline. However hot showers and baths dry us out even more than usual so moisturising is even more necessary. Try Odylique’s Toning Fruit Butter for a real skin treat.
Just by switching in a few new products, your skin doesn’t have to suffer this winter. Feed it well inside and out, and your complexion will show its gratitude.