“The focus should be on the prevention of dehydration."
When it comes to winter, there’s nothing worse than having dry, irritated skin.
Dehydration and winter weather steal radiance off your skin, leaving it flaky and dull. It’s a seasonal sign, but it’s also a reminder that it’s time to switch to a winter skincare routine.
British beauty experts suggest how to combat seasonal skin fluctuations, by keeping your skincare routine up to date with the seasons.
It is not recommended to completely get rid of your skincare products.
Instead, make a few changes and this can really help to bolster your skin’s natural protection, leaving your complexion happy and healthy in the run-up to winter.
The ingredients on your skincare products really make the real difference in what works or does not work out in this cold season.
Mark Curry, co-founder of The Inkey List, says:
“Ingredients your skin craves in winter include nourishing omegas 3 and 6, ceramides, rosehip and squalene.”
You do not necessarily need to have a degree in the subject of chemistry to figure out which winter skincare products are right for you.
Dr Justine Kluk, a dermatologist, says:
“The focus should be on the prevention of dehydration.
“You can do this simply by using a mild cleanser, a hydrating serum and then frequently layering a moisturiser on top.”
Cleansing right is the first step to a proper skincare routine.
It is vital to match a cleanser to your moisturiser. If you have salicylic acid in your summer-friendly cleanser, it is time to switch to an oil-based formula cleanser.
In lower temperatures, the skin produces less oil, hence oil or balm cleansers will do a better job of cleansing your skin without leaving it dry.
Next comes exfoliation, during summer it is suggested to exfoliate twice a week with chemical-based exfoliators as that is what your skin needs during the heat.
But in winter, to keep the oil balance of your skin, chemical-based exfoliators should be replaced with milder ones.
The last thing that should not change during any weather is the usage of SPF.
The UV rays stay critical and no matter how heavy the moisturiser is, SPF on top of that should be applied religiously while going out during daylight hours.
The goal of the winter skincare routine is to keep it hydrated and look healthy.