According to the long range weather forecasters it looks like we are in for the worst winter for five years. This dire prediction is based on the confirmation that the weather phenomenon known as La Nina, a vast area of colder-than-usual surface water which is established in the eastern Pacific, is heading our way. The last time it happened was in 2010, and that was a particularly freezing winter for us. Gulp!
So hunker down and crank up the central heating. Or maybe not!
Lower temperatures and biting winds combined with central heating can leave skin dehydrated, tight and flaky so it is a good time to stop using a foaming cleanser and swap to something milder and creamier. I find that Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleaner (£8.99 from boots.com) works wonders. Follow that with a serum or facial oil for extra support. Avene Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum only costs £18 (avene.co.uk) but it contains thermal water and helps strengthen and rehydrate.
The colder weather is a good time to put the grainy exfoliator away too, as it can dry out the skin , but a good alternative is to look for a peel which contains glycolic or lactic acids instead as these encourage exfoliation naturally. Many of the newer products are gentle, yet powerful enough to leave your skin fresh and radiant. Try Filorga Oxygen Peel £26 (salonskincare.co.uk). It has glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid to resurface and plump.
A good tip if your complexion looks red or blotchy is to break open an Evening Primrose oil capsule and apply the contents directly on to cleansed skin. Evening Primrose oil is packed with essential fatty acids which restore the skin’s moisture barrier and reduce redness in a few hours.
Once a week, it is a good idea to use a moisturizing mask for added hydration. Try Antonia Burrell Mask Supreme 7-in-1. It costs £65 from antoniaburrell.com and it leaves skin nourished and glowing.
And winter is the perfect time to have a professional resurfacing procedure at the Clinic as you are less likely to be exposed to damaging UV rays. Fractora is a good one to try. It is a radiofrequency treatment that revitalises and rejuvenates dull and dry skin. It is safe for all areas of the face and next and it helps tighten sagging skin, reducing pigmentation marks, fill out fine lines and boost collagen production. Cost is from £1000
Oh, and don’t forget your lips because the skin here is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face, so cold temperatures can quickly lead to chapping. Another tip is apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to your lips before you go to bed. But if your lips are extremely dry you can try a barrier cream such as La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume, which helps to rebuild the epidermis. £6 from laroche-posay.com.