It may have felt like the heat wave was here for the long haul, but sure enough, temperatures have taken a deep dive and Christmas is around the corner. Of course, that means we’re now all on the hunt for winter skin tips that’ll safeguard our complexions until we next see the sunshine. Luckily, we’re ahead of the game.
In a bid to stop our faces drying out, lips chapping and erroneous breakouts or red patches taking the lead, we’ve tapped a whole raft of experts to give us the low-down on the preventative measures we can all start implementing right now.
From what to put on your plate and the supplements worth taking, to the skincare ingredients you need to get on your shelf ASAP, keep scrolling for the key to glowing skin all winter long.
1. Get your diet right
Good skin always starts on the inside, and that’s especially true if you’re prone to flaky dry skin, angry red flare ups or annoying breakouts through the cold snap. “Dehydration and dry skin are common during the winter season, due to the effects of central heating and the harsh weather,” confirms Jacqueline Harvey, wellness expert and author of Body Cycles. That means it’s crucial you fuel your body with everything it needs to restore balance.
“Drink plenty of water and top up the good fats in your diet such as oily fish, nuts and seeds. Warming soups and herbal teas can also help you rehydrate,” says Harvey. Vitamin D is also one to watch, she notes. It’s essential for healthy skin and bones, but we tend to get far less of it during in winter thanks to disappearing sunlight. Naturally, adding in a supplement is a good shout if you’re lacking skin-essential nutrients.
“Add zinc, selenium and vitamin D to your diet as soon as possible, as they boost immunity,” says Geeta Sidhu-Robb, founder of Nosh Detox. “Green, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach are nutrient powerhouses, packed full of disease-fighting vitamin C and zinc. Button mushrooms meanwhile, are a particularly great source of vitamin D, and also provide a range of other essential nutrients like selenium, niacin, potassium copper and phosphorus, along with protein, vitamin C and iron. Other ways to add this into your diet also includes supplements of course.” The takeaway? Boost your overall health and immunity, and glowing skin will follow.
2. Power up your skincare
While summer skincare is all about clever, lightweight formulas, a protective winter regime needs a bit more in the tank. Even oilier skins may need a little extra help retaining moisture come the depths of December, so it’s worth powering up your products with potent ingredients that are fit for the job. “Central heating coupled with constant temperature changes from heading in and out of warm spaces can cause havoc with our skin,” says Bianca Estelle, medical aesthetician and founder of Bea Skincare.
“To help care for the skin and calm down issues like Rosacea, I’d recommend antioxidant-rich formulas such as those found in Bea Skincare’s Master Antioxidant range. In addition, opt for a moisturiser with extra hydrating properties, while products that are high in peptides will help to replenish collagen reserves. Often referred to as the ‘tent pegs’ of our skin, it’s no surprise that higher collagen levels leave us looking more youthful and ‘boosted’,” says Estelle.
Hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, C and E, ceramides and plant extracts (from rose and aloe to hemp or CBD) can all help to power up your daily hydration too. Though when it comes to such potent ingredients, an innovative serum is often the best way to really harness the effects. Which brings us nicely onto the routine switch up…
3. Winter-proof your routine
When the elements are against you, it’s time to rethink skincare tactics, and switching up the steps in your routine is the easiest first defence. If you’re not already tag-teaming a serum and moisturiser on the daily, now’s the time to start doubling up. “To understand why adding a serum to your routine is a winter essential, we need to consider the differences between serums and moisturisers,” says Janna Ronert, esthetician and founder of Image Skincare.
“Serums are usually a combination of water, oils, speciality ingredients and peptides formulated to penetrate the skin deeply. Moisturisers, on the other hand, are a combination of water, oil, waxes and actives. Unlike serums, moisturisers form a physical barrier on the skin’s surface to keep water in, and have larger molecules,” Ronert says. As well as layering the goodness with a replenishing serum and a protective moisturiser to lock it all in, Ronert also notes that now isn’t the time to neglect your skin scrub: “As we transition into the winter months, it’s important to exfoliate regularly and clear up those dead skin cells for a bright-looking complexion.”
Margo Marrone, pharmacist, homeopathic specialist and founder of The Organic Pharmacy, couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to top-to-toe skin brushing. “Dry winter air leads to dry winter skin, and skin brushing is an affordable, yet effective, way to boost circulation and the lymphatic system, whilst detoxifying and exfoliating to remove dead skin cells,” she tells us. “Brush in gentle, circular movements on dry skin moving upwards from the feet towards the heart to help the blood flow in the correct direction.” Marrone suggests looking for a brush with soft bristles and a long handle to make things easy.
Shop the Winter Skin Kit
Get your vitamin D hit in an instant with this peppermint flavoured spray. It delivers nutrients straight to your bloodstream (rather than going via the digestive system) for faster absorption.
Skin can look lacklustre at this time of the year and if yours is then look to a Vitamin C product to perk it up. With 10% L Ascorbic Acid this fast acting mask neutralises the oxidised sebum in the skin that can make skin appear dull, so it instantly looks brighter. It essentially changes the colour of your blocked pores so they appear less noticeable and your complexion looks more even. It's also formulated with natural SPF so skin has a little extra protection when facing the day. Clever.
Add dry body brushing to your routine once a week to slough dead skin cells and boost your circulation (it’s the fast-track to glowier skin) in one swoop.
Now’s the time to swap in a cleanser that’ll hydrate while it washes away the day. This one packs anti-inflammatory green tea with collagen, vitamin C and antioxidants to leave pores squeaky clean without aggravating dry or sensitive skin.
A nourishing take on the original Pixi Glow Tonic, this gentle rose formula soothes redness and replenishes weather-whipped skin.
This revamped classic packs all the collagen-boosting properties of the original Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, but with a richer texture.
Say hello to your new night serum. This double-chamber face hydrator speeds up cell renewal and plumps up dry, tired skin, so you’ll wake up fresh-faced every day.
Add this to your brew for a warming dose of vitamin C whilst topping up your water intake.