We love autumn and winter here at W&W. (For evidence, see Alex’s post – a hymn to autumnal delights, and this one, too). Good thing, too, as rumour (okay, my friend Sarah, who just seems to know these things) tells me that rumour has it that we are in for the coldest, snowiest winter since 2010.
However, loving what winter does to our skin? Not so much. I, for one, come over all dry and itchy – and might as well take out shares in moisturiser, given the amount I am compelled to slather on to my parched skin. This year, however, it’s going to be different. 1. Because I am going to eat like this in preparation (thank you, Henrietta Norton) 2. I have taken the precaution of consulting Grace Timothy, beauty editor extraordinaire (we’ve said it before, but her Pregnant Beauty Guide should be your first port of call if you are pregnant – or even if you’re not, her beauty tips are always invaluable). Read on for her invaluable advice. Are you taking notes?
Winter hates your face. Or rather, skin doesn’t tend to react favourably to extremes of temperature. The cold is bad enough, but the central heating? That’s like kryptonite to sensitive skin. And you’re also dealing with a lot of the aggressors you protected yourself from all summer long, only to leave your skin defenceless come autumn. So don’t pack away your SPF, reparative moisturisers or scrubs just yet – it’s time to winter proof your skin.
1. Loss of moisture is one of the top concerns you need to address over the winter months, and you’ll need to amp up your usual day cream. A new one I’m loving this autumn is Aromatherapy Associates Infinity Rose Moisturiser – it’s a little thicker and more robust without being remotely greasy or cloying. Don’t forget your SPF though – Alpha H is relaunching its day cream with SPF50+ which is light enough to use as a pre-cream serum. It’s also worth switching to a cleansing balm if you don’t already use one – they don’t strip your skin of natural oils like some facial washes and cream cleansers can. Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm is the best I’ve ever used.I also wind down exfoliation too – rather than use glycolic or anything too abrasive, I stick to a gentle massage with Emma’s balm, mixing in some of her Rosehip Seed powder and using the Clarisonic once a week.
2. Skin often becomes increasingly sensitive, particularly at the outset of the season as the weather begins to change. Redness, dry patches, even eczema can crop up round about now. Top skin soothers are Dr Sebagh Rose De Vie Serum Delicat (designed for post-procedure healing by the undisputed King of Botox) and Avene Redness Relief Soothing Repair Mask. I swear by a combination of the two each evening, and use the Avene on localised problem areas all day long. For me, anti-ageing plays second fiddle to keeping calm during winter, and I steer clear of retinoids and peels for the most part.
3. The same principles go for your body, too. I am terrible at committing to a body cream but in the winter my tight, sometimes itchy skin won’t allow me to forget. I scrub once or twice a week with Mama Mio Omega Body Scrub and apply a myriad of body products depending on what I’m testing that week! One that stands out is REN Moroccan Rose Otto.
3. You might want to go for a slightly more substantial foundation around now, to both conceal any redness but also to provide extra protection from extreme weather. Giorgio Armani Designer Shaping Cream Foundation (£49) is divine – the perfect coverage without a mask-like finish.
4. My absolute essential for winter-proofing my baby is Weleda Weather Protection Cream – I wouldn’t be without it.
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