With the new decade in full swing and festivities forgotten, it is time for us all to revaluate our skins needs.
During the winter months our skincare regime needs some fine but simple re-tuning with the addition of a few key products. With the drop-in temperature outside and heating inside, our skin can have a mini meltdown. Don’t panic, I have narrowed down the three things (along with some product suggestions) that can bring your skin back to life and get you looking your best again: Hyaluronic Acid, Cold Cream and Exfoliation.
This is a naturally occurring substance which has the ability to draw and hold water in the skin which in turn leaves the face continually moisturised throughout the day. I like to think of it as a tiny cushion which sits around the skin cells. Yet, in the colder months and dare I say it with ageing, these levels can take a serious dip causing dullness and dryness. With the introduction of a Hyaluronic Acid serum we can save ourselves from flaky skin and premature ageing. It is the one step in my routine that I really notice makes a difference.
Dr Barbara Sturm: Hyaluronic Serum £235.00
SkinCeuticals: H.A. Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier £85.00
The Ordinary: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90
Now, I own a scooter and wiz around London all day. However, during winter months, my face has the tendency to go bright red from the wind and cold. This is not a great look, especially when turning up to a smart dinner party with a tomato face which takes at least half an hour to subside. I recently went to see a dermatologist who recommended ‘Cold Cream’ in order to combat my redness. Yes, I am talking about the same cold cream that you can remember seeing in your grandmother’s bathroom cabinet.
Cold cream is a simple emulsion of water, mineral oils and waxes which creates a barrier between your skin and the elements with the added bonus of it helping to revitalise the appearance and texture of your skin. Cold cream has saved my embarrassment and my wallet with various price options available.
Kate Somerville: Cold Cream £41.00
Susanne Kaufmann: Cold Cream intensive £58.00
Avene: Cold Cream £10.00
Even in the cold months when dry skin can panic us into loading on moisturiser, it is still important to exfoliate your face 1-3 times a week in order to maintain the skin’s natural balance. What does need to change is the type of exfoliator you use. In the winter months it is recommended you swap to a gentler exfoliator that will not strip your skin or cause irritation. I recently came across a Japanese product that does exactly that. There is no harsh scrubbing required and with one use my skin felt cleaner and more nourished than it had all winter.
V 10 Plus: Water Based Peeling £28.00
Available at Zen Pharmacy https://www.zenhealthcare.co.uk/
By Bella Benson