Winter Skincare Tips and Tricks
Change up your winter skincare routine. I’m sure you’re all victims of the winter air causing havoc with your skin. I know that I end up with really dry, itchy and irritated skin pretty much through the whole of winter, especially if I don’t look after it. Over time I’ve adopted a Winter Skincare routine and picked up a couple of hints and tips that keep my skin in the best condition I can.
Keep your winter skincare routine simple! Exfoliate, Repair and Protect!
Exfoliating helps to remove any dead skin, it also helps to speed up the renewal process and bring new healthy skin to the surface quicker. Repairing the skin using either an overnight treatment or a facemask gives your skin an intense burst of nourishment. Protecting it is the final step and probably the most important. Once you have exfoliated and repaired you skin, let’s not undo all the work and take it back to square one.
You might be wondering what you can use to tick off the steps above, I’ll recommend a couple of products that I use to keep my skin in tiptop condition during the winter months. I’d also advise changing your winter skincare routine each year, otherwise your skin will get used to it.
I focus on my lips the most during winter; they become the most dry and damaged part of my face when exposed to cold air.
I use a sugar scrub to exfoliate any dead skin off my lips. I’m currently using one from Lush called ‘Santa’s Lip Scrub’. I apply this to my lips in a gentle scrubbing motion and then lick it off! Yes, it’s edible.
Once I’ve exfoliated, I’ll use a lip cream. The one I use at the minute is from Aesop, it’s called Rosehip Seed Lip Cream. It has Rosehip oil in it, which is known for its moisturising properties and is used in a lot of winter skincare. It’s also full of other great nourishing ingredients such as Coconut oil and Glycerin. I’ve never used a lip cream before and you could definitely use a lip balm in place of this.
To protect my lips during the day I look for a lip balm that contains petroleum jelly. I’m sure you’ve all heard of this before, it’s got so many uses! It’s primarily used as a barrier cream, which makes it perfect to protect your lips from the dry winter air. I mix up what lip balms I use for this, as there are so many. My two favourites are Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 and Pomegranate Carmex.
I use a Kiehl’s exfoliator for my face, the Facial Fuel Energising Scrub. The scrub particles (derived Apricot Kernels) are very effective at buffing the skin. It helps to scrub away dead skin cells, but doesn’t irritate the skin too much. It has menthol and caffeine in which give you that lovely refreshing feeling.
The holy grail of all things face is definitely the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I can’t recommend this product enough, it honestly does everything! You use two drops at night and it helps to encourage your skins natural repair process. Just look it up and check out what it does for your skin, it has so many benefits!
I use the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer during the day, it helps to fortify the skin barrier so is really good at protecting your skin. When it gets colder, I use the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, it has antarcticine in which is known for protecting the skin against extremely cold temperatures. Both products are really good at protecting your skin I only use the first more because my skin gets red and blotchy, which this helps with.
Always use a hand cream in the cold weather. My hands get dry and chapped very easily. At the minute I’m using Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm. Previously to this, I used the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. With hand cream, it’s best to find one that works for you. Look for ingredients like Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil. All have nourishing properties, so any will do well!
In the winter, change your bathing routine! Dermatologists recommend keeping your showers between 5-10 minutes, using lukewarm water and moisturising as soon as you get out.
Exfoliate your body for the same reasons as you would your face. I’m using the Body Shop Dead Sea Salt Scrub at the minute. It helps to resurface the skin and leaves a silky feeling on your skin afterwards.
I usually always use the Vaseline Cocoa Radiant: I’ve used it for years and I always go back to it. I’m using the Body Shop Hawaiian Kukui Cream as a bit of a treat in the colder months: it’s really rich and smells incredible! I wouldn’t usually go for something this heavy: but this one is definitely worth looking at. Find a product that works best for you but once again, look for ingredients like Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil.
There you have it, my winter skincare guide! It’s a lengthy one, but I hope you’ve enjoyed it and found it useful.
If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments below.
Until next time,