Skin is very sensitive to cold weather and the winter months can bring problems such as chapping and dehydration as well as causing conditions such as rosacea to flare up. So here’s my suggestions for a perfect winter routine.
Take time to cleanse properly. Pixi Double Cleanse, £24 (marksandspencer.com) comes in a double sided pot containing a solid oil and nourishing cream cleanser which will infuse the complexion with a cocktail of hydrating ingredients.
Next, try a moisturising essence which will give skin an immediate hydration boost without clogging pores. Melvita Eaux Extraordinaires Rose, £16.30 (notino.co.uk) is a blend of damask rose floral water and hyaluronic acid. Simply sweep over your face to leave skin plump and hydrated.
Follow this with a generous layer of antioxidant serum. Goldfaden MD Radical Difference, £84.13 (skinstore.com) is a highly concentrated and firming serum that is suitable for all skin types. It contains organic red tea and cherry extracts and helps to form a protective barrier over the skin.
Finally, finish with a nourishing moisturiser to seal in all the goodness you have already applied. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £24.50 (Debenhams.com) will keep skin hydrated for up to 24 hours.
In the evening, after you have removed your make-up, treat your skin to an overnight mask. Your skin’s natural repair mechanisms kick in overnight and a good night cream will encourage this process. Try Cloud 9 Skin Solutions Good Night Deep Nourishing Sleep Mask, £38. (feelunique.com) which contains vitamins A, D and E and helps to stimulate cell renewal.
You can give your skin an extra boost with Profhilo. This innovative new treatment, which is available from cosmetic clinics, is designed to hydrate skin from the inside out. The treatment takes 10 minutes and involves having five tiny injections of hyaluronic acid on each side of the face, just under the skin. The hyaluronic acid then gradually diffuses under the skin, plumping it up. From £500. www.harleystreetskinclinic.com