Winter Skincare Secrets According To The World’s Best Facialists

Dec 04, 2020

From vitamin C serums and hyaluronic acid to ceramides and SPF, the experts share their tips for protecting your skin against winter’s bite.

To quote Game of Thrones: “Winter is coming.” In fact, for those in the northern hemisphere, it’s already here. Enter your cold-weather woes: dry skin, chapped lips, red in all the wrong places. We are, after all, sensitive creatures.

“When cold weather arrives, humidity levels drop drastically,” says Arabella Preston, Kate Middleton’s former make-up artist and co-founder of leading skincare brand Votary. “This, combined with dry heat from central heating and the fact that our oil-producing sebaceous glands get sluggish in colder weather, can leave normally healthy skin feeling dehydrated. It often becomes sensitive, and that can lead to more serious skin conditions.”

So, what to do? “During the winter months, it is important to slightly adjust your skin routine,” says Jodie Comer’s go-to skin specialist, Jasmina Vico. From Bella Hadid-favourite Dr Barbara Sturm to Sofia Richie-approved Sunday Riley, we asked seven leading experts to share their tips for protecting your skin from winter’s bite.

Arabella Preston, co-founder of Votary

Layer-up your skincare

Just as you would pop your favourite winter coat over a cashmere jumper, and that over a thermal vest, apply moisture-attracting serums to clean skin, such as ones containing hyaluronic acid. Then smooth a facial oil all over, and add a nourishing cream on top to seal the deal.

Protect your skin from water contact

Try layering a cleansing oil over the skin before stepping into the bath or shower. Leave on while you soak or wash, and remove just before you get out. Immediately layer your skincare or body care on to just damp skin. This will help retain moisture and leave skin supple.

Take extra care with your eye area and lips

The skin here is thinner and has little-to-no oil glands to protect itself. Use serums and oils around the eyes that soothe and protect the skin. On the lips, use occlusive balms to provide a barrier against the elements (to seal in moisture rather than provide it).

Jasmina Vico, skin expert

Invest in a humidifier

Harsh winter weather creates a challenge for the skin as humidity is low both indoors and out. Using a humidifier helps replenish the top layer of the epidermis by preventing the air from becoming too dry.

Wear breathable fabrics

Opt for light, soft layers next to your skin, rather than synthetic fabrics that may cause itching.

Look to natural ingredients

Fragranced body creams and soaps will dry the skin further — try switching to unscented, natural formulas.

Emma Coleman, dermatology and aesthetic RGN

Avoid harsh, alcohol-heavy cleansers

Opt for cream or balm products instead. You can double cleanse if your skin is really parched — use water with the first cleanse but make the second one a dry cleanse.

Wear a serum high in vitamin C

This encourages the production of collagen and cell turnover.

Apply a honey mask three times a week

Do this in the evenings after removing your make-up. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it seals in moisture. This will instantly give your skin a lovely glow, too. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and don’t forget your neck.

Use face oil overnight

Look for ingredients such as rosehip, soybean, and jojoba, which all possess highly hydrating properties.

Dr Elif Benar, dermatologist

Choose the correct moisturiser for your skin type

Moisturisers act as a barrier, holding moisture in and hydrating the skin’s outer layers. If you have oily skin, water-based, non-comedogenic moisturisers are the best choice. Dry skin needs a heavier, oil-based moisturiser to rehydrate.

Avoid hot showers and baths

Hot water evaporates fast, stripping your skin of its essential moisture and damaging its natural protective barrier. Moisturise immediately after showering or bathing.




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