With the cold weather settling in it’s quite common for your skin to react. The skin on your face can become dry, flaky, dehydrated, red and even irritated thanks to the winter, which is exactly why it’s so important to change up your skincare routine. But what are the best products, tips and ingredients to use this season? We’ve got some essential ways you can boost your winter facial skincare routine so that your skin stays plump, glowing, radiant and youthful regardless of the weather.
Switch to a Cleansing Cream, Oil or Balm
If you typically use a cleansing gel or foam, now is a great time to transition to something richer. During the winter months, you want to be sure you’re not stripping your skin of much-needed moisture. A cleansing cream, oil or balm will be gentler and leave your skin feeling soft rather than dry and tight. Be sure to pick one with no added fragrance or colour so it doesn’t bother your skin.
Try Adding Rosehip Oil to Your Daily Routine
One great skincare product that doesn’t always get the credit it deserves is rosehip oil. Rosehip oil can easily be worked into your existing routine, adding just a couple of drops in the morning and evening. Because rosehip oil is rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, it can plump up your skin and lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Choosing an oil means there is no water in the formula, so you are getting the benefits of oil in terms of hydration.
Worried about what rosehip oil may do if you’re acne prone? Because it doesn’t leave a thick or heavy residue, you shouldn’t have any problems. Other benefits include being able to reduce inflammation, brighten and exfoliate the skin, fade hyperpigmentation and boost the production of collagen.
A Heavy Night-Time Cream or Mask is a Necessity
While it may be fine to use your lightweight day cream in the evenings during the summer months, winter requires something thicker and richer. Night creams and masks are meant to provide extra hydration that your skin will soak up as you sleep. Look for products that are good for your skin barrier and contain collagen and peptides.
Because night creams are much heavier, it may take a few nights to get used to the texture. Start light, making sure you don’t over-apply it and then add a bit more if needed.
Layering Your Skincare is the Hidden Secret
Did you also know that, in the winter months, layering your skincare products is usually the secret to fabulous skin? It’s not about choosing one product; it is about using a variety of products that work in conjunction with one another. Ideally, you want to use a serum, moisturiser and light SPF during the day, and then at night, you can use a serum, oil and night cream.
By using all of these tips and products you’ll be making sure that the winter weather doesn’t negatively affect your skin.