Give your skin a little extra TLC this season with Rachel Fiddes’ top 10 winter skin saviours….
1. Trade Up
Cream has a higher oil to water ratio than a lotion, so trade up your moisturiser this season for a heavy-weight hydrating cream. Elemis have launched an Ultra-Rich version of the ultimate moisturiser Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (£80), which is perfect for dehydrated winter skin. Pur Soak It Up Intense Hydrating Moisturiser and Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser are also great for boosting moisture instantly.
2. Layer Up
A great way to tackle dehydrated skin is to layer products. Add more moisture into your routine with serums or nourishing primers. Try Origins Plantscription Anti-ageing Power Serum (£48) or M&S Pure Natural Beauty Super Grape Face Serum (£16). Both intensely hydrate and boost nourishment. Apply before your moisturiser morning and night.
3. Beauty Sleep
Make your products work hard for you by applying at night time. Hand cream works better if you wear thin cotton gloves for the night, pop some socks on to help feet soak up body cream and use a hair mask overnight to get maximum moisture into your locks. My favourite night time treats at the moment are Ark Age Aware Skincare Anti-Ageing Hand & Nail Cream (£19), Mio Future Proof Firming Active Body Butter, Sacha Juan Over Night Hair Repair and Ogario London Restore and Shine Hair Masque.
4. Scrub Up
Exfoliate to keep rough dry winter skin at bay and keep your complexion as radiant as possible. Try Sanctuary Spa Exfoliating Pore Refiner (£10.50). The skin is thicker around essential joints for protection, but it does mean ankles, knees and elbows get dry and scaly in winter, so keep it smooth and polished with Nivea Radiantly Smooth Body Scrub.
5. Mask It
When skin looks dull and lacklustre, hydration is often the answer. Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque (£28.50) works miracles on dry skin, while Crystal Clear 10 Minute Glow is a superb peel off mask that does exactly what it says on the tin – radiant and hydrated skin in just 10 minutes! Perfect for time-poor beauty routines.
6. Drink Up
Drink more water. We all know this, but it’s getting around to actually doing it! There’s only so much you can put on the skin – but you can always feed it from the inside by drinking more. I love hot water and lemon in the winter rather than a chilly glass of water. And while we’re on the subject of water, hot baths and showers are lovely in winter, but they really do dry out the skin – so try not to crank up the hot taps. You can add a few drops of olive oil to bath water to keep skin ultra moisturised too. My first baby had mild excema and I used to put bowls of water under radiators to keep the atmosphere as moist as possible in winter.
7. On the Spot
Dry chapped skin, will only get worse if you don’t look after it, so pop a little balm in your bag for intense hydration on the go. This Works Turbo Balm (£12) is perfect for the job. At home, Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm is my winter beauty rescue must-have.
8. Helping Hands
If your hands are prone to dryness anyway, then the winter cold and central heating will just add to the problem. I’ve started using E45 Emollient Wash Cream instead of soap and the mild excema on my hands cleared up within days. Keep a bottle by the sink alongside a tube of hand cream to keep winter mitts soft and nourished.
9. Lip Service
Chapped lips love a slick Vaseline or Lotil Lip Balm. Use a dry toothbrush to brush away any flaky skin and keep them nourished with a good balm. I always use lip gloss in winter rather than lipstick, as it’s less drying and seems to protect lips better as well.
10. Hair Heroes
Not strictly speaking skin, but my hair goes mad in the winter – central heating, cold weather, wind, rain and woolly hats, you name it, they wreak havoc with fine highlighted hair. My absolute hair must-have is the Aveda Dry Remedy shampoo (£22), conditioner and masque – it’s a real game-changer for fine highlighted hair like mine, and leaves it delightfully heavy and swingy. No flyaway static hair for me this winter. Also don’t forget shampoo strips moisture from the scalp and hair so try to go a little longer between washes. (Or just use the conditioner instead of shampoo and conditioner). And finally, protect delicate winter hair by cutting down on blow-dry time with the brilliant Color WOW Speed Dry Blow-Dry Spray – one of the best styling products I’ve ever found.