While we can't wait to put on the heating, wrap up in our dressing gown and watch every single Harry Potter film on repeat for the next 4 months. Our skin needs a little more help adapting to the colder weather. Don't worry though we rounded up our best skincare tips to stop your skin flaking away.
1. Swap your face wash for a cleansing oil
As it gets colder, your skin will benefit massively from any extra boosts of hydration you can give it. Some face washes are too harsh and can strip the skin of its natural, protective oils, just when you need them most. A cleansing oil is a better option as it will remove makeup and excess oil without drying out the skin. Try The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, £10.
2. Switch to a chemical exfoliator
Ok, we know the sound of a chemical exfoliator sounds terrifying but we promise they are not as scary as you might think. Traditional exfoliators (you know the scrubby things) can irritate the skin and if you over scrub (which is very easy to do) you can end up with irritated, sensitive skin. A chemical exfoliator uses gentle acids to remove dead skin cells meaning whatever serum/cream you put on top is going to be way more effective. Try the Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme, £14.95. These pre-soaked pads contain 4 different types of acid, glycolic, mandelic, salicylic and lactic and should be used 3-4 times a week after cleansing in the evening.
3. Ditch the cleansing brushes
We know its fun to rub your face with what is essentially a giant electric toothbrush, but no, just no. Just like with traditional exfoliating scrubs, it's all too easy to get carried away. Your skin produces less oil in the winter so be kind to it. You know when you over wash your hands and they go all dry and crusty…yeah well imagine your hands are your face. Using a chemical exfoliator is enough we promise.
4. Avoid the F word
Step away from the foaming face wash people. We mean it, walk away and don't look back because foam is not something you want to put anywhere near your face. That's because most foams contain sodium lauryl sulphate which is not only a skin irritant (it has been linked to eczema), it also reduces the effectiveness of your skins function. Swap your foaming face washes for a cleansing balm like the Ciaté London Makeup Melter, £16 and a good old flannel (Nan was right).
5. Add a hydrating serum
While you need to avoid the F word, you should look out for anything that claims to be hydrating. Dehydrated skin is the biggest problem in the colder months and can cause fine lines and tightness, yeah not a good look. Adding a hydrating serum to your skincare routine (before moisturising) gives your skin an extra layer of moisture and helps prevent dehydration. We will be slapping on the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum, £22.50 and downing all the water.
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