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).