Now that the temperature has officially plummeted, our skin is feeling the effects: tight, increasingly dry and terribly, terribly dull. But the solution can be surprisingly simple: switch up the skincare regimen you’ve been sticking to all year for the below season-specific products and your face will thank you for it.
If you’ve been using a foaming cleanser, now’s the time to stop: even the gentlest foam formulations can dry out the skin once winter hits. Instead, try a cleansing milk, cream, oil or balm, depending on your skin type. Don’t baulk if your skin skews to the oily side – oil attracts oil, so this kind of cleanser can actually be extremely effective and, provided it’s non-comedogenic, won’t make you break out. We like Dermalogica Precleanse Balm and Chanel Creamy Cleansing Milk Comfort.
Swap lightweight gel moisturisers for a thicker formulation to protect the skin against the elements. Creams hydrate more effectively than liquid formulas in winter, as they provide a superior barrier, keeping moisture locked in your skin. If your skin is particularly dry, it also pays to invest in a richer night cream to rebalance your skin while you sleep: we like the Sukin Purely Ageless Restorative Night Cream, a velvety formula with macadamia oil and cocoa butter that’s been proven to result in smoother skin in as little as two weeks.
3/ Facial oil
Now’s the time to consider adding an extra step to your skincare regime: facial oil. Pat on 1-2 drops before your moisturiser or night cream for added radiance and suppleness – the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Facial Oil gets glowing reviews online, but we also love rosehip, jojoba and argan.
Don’t just rely on skincare to see you through the harsh winter months – choose makeup that works equally hard. We love the new COVERGIRL Vitalist range, which is infused with skin-saving vitamins. Switch to the Vitalist Healthy Concealer in winter for a boost of vitamin E, B3 and B5, which will help fight free radical damage, restore skin’s glow and protect against the elements – all while providing creamy coverage where you need it.
In need of a quick fix? Pop on a hydrating, nourishing face mask – and remember to use weekly to really reap the benefits. If you’re dry around the eyes, follow suit with a specialised eye mask: try pairing the new Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Mask on the face with the Equal Beauty Moisture Eye Veil for much-needed moisture.