As the temperatures drop and winter takes hold, many of us find ourselves facing a common seasonal challenge – winter skin. The cold, dry air can wreak havoc on our skin, leaving it dry, flaky, and in need of some extra care. Colder temperatures, steaming hot showers, central heating and the general lack of moisture can all play havoc with our skin but fear not, there’s a few thigs we can be doing to ensure a hydrated, glowing complexion.
- Gentle Cleansing: Avoid using harsh, drying cleansers that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Choose a gentle, hydrating cleanser to clean your face. As a rule of thumb, if your skin feels tight after washing it is likely that the cleanser you are using has disrupted your skin barrier. Skin should feel calm and hydrated after washing.
- Adapt your Skincare Routine: Develop an awareness and understanding of your own skin and how it responds to different environments and products and make simple changes to help skin adapt for a change in environment. Perhaps a richer, more emollient moisturiser is needed to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier against the harsh winter elements.
- Book in for a Facial Treatment: Winter skin is often dull, restore skin glow and have a skin resurfacing treatment which will help to slough off dead skin, revealing a brighter complexion, keeping your skin clean, clear, and hydrated while maximising your everyday skincare regime too.
- Limit Hot Showers: Hot showers can be tempting in the winter, but they can further dry out your skin. Opt for lukewarm water instead and try to keep your shower time to a minimum.
- SPF is Year-Round: Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, even in the winter. UV rays can still damage your skin in cold weather, so apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF30 every day.
Bloom & Co Multi Vitamin Skin Mist
The latest addition to the family from Bloom & Co, Multi-Vitamin Skin Mist delivers a burst of nourishing hydration for the skin and amplifies your skincare routine. It does four jobs in one – hydrates your skin by locking in the moisture, protects your skin from environmental stressors such as pollution and UV exposure, helps calm redness and sensitivity and prepares skin for your skincare products that follow. It’s formulated with soothing Aloe Vera, Avocado, Raspberry Fruit Extract, and Vitamin E, all working to nourish the skin creating a natural protective barrier, €22, available online from www.bloombb.ie and Bloom & Co stockists nationwide.
REN Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm
Delivering instant and long-term relief from head to toe, REN Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm is designed to target key areas of sensitivity (think dry patches, chafing, post-shave etc). This luxurious, buttery balm is powered by the brand’s unique barrier support complex, a unique trio of natural oils (sunflower, apricot kernel, and sweet almond), rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 and ceramides to help restore and strengthen the skin barrier, while the antioxidant-rich formula supports your body’s microbiome. The result? Healthy-looking and comfortable-feeling skin, €40 available online from www.renskincare.ie and REN stockists nationwide.
Dermalogica Liquid Peelfoliant
Daily peel with a potent blend of acids and enzymes smooths the appearance of fine lines while helping to visibly minimise pores and even skin tone. This professional-grade at-home peel has a blend of 30% acids and enzymes (Glycolic, Lactic, Salicylic, Phytic and Tranexamic acids plus Gluconolactone and fermented Pomegranate Enzyme) that work at different layers of skin’s surface to thoroughly exfoliate, help unclog pores and reveal smoother, brighter skin. A lipid-rich blend with upcycled Cranberry Extract promotes long-lasting hydration, €74, available online from www.dermalogica.ie and Dermalogica stockists nationwide.
Clarins Beauty Flash Fresh Ampoule
A 7-day facial radiance treatment, highly concentrated in vitamin C to help revive the skin’s radiance and even out the complexion. This treatment in ampoule form combines a 15% concentrated vitamin C complex and a serum enriched with superfruits acerola extract, rich in Vitamin C to brighten dark spots and rose-myrtle, which helps oxygenate the skin to revive dullness. The two formulas only mix on application thanks to the Clarins fresh-mix bottle. Day after day, the complexion becomes more even, radiant, and luminous. Its creamy yet lightweight formula offers ultimate comfort. Use for 7, 14 or 21 days for increasingly radiant results, €42, available online from www.clarins.ie and Clarins stockists nationwide.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Range
Say hello to the new improved, hydration heroes from much-loved Neutrogena. Designed to deliver intense, long-lasting moisture, Neutrogena have upgraded the skin care technology across four of its favourite moisturisers- Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser, Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturiser, Hydro Boost Night Cream and Hydro Boost Eye Cream – to deliver supercharged formulas with even more hydrating ingredients found naturally in the skin. Proven to hydrate for up to 72 hours, they are further boosted with amino acids which are known to help build and strengthen the skin barrier and reinforce the skin elasticity. Lightweight, with a non-greasy texture, making them suitable for all skin types, from €13.49, available from Neutrogena stockists nationwide.
Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic
Get your glow back with the new Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic. A natural and gentle daily exfoliator treatment that smooths, brightens, and evens the skins tone and texture as well as improving skin clarity an increasing elasticity. Natural pomegranate enzymes are gently yet effective exfoliators that work to enhance cellular renewal, creating a smooth and even texture. Aloe Vera soothes and hydrates the skin, while Sytenol A (also known as Bakuchiol) stimulates collagen. Apply after cleansing and wipe over the face neck and décolleté, and follow with your usual serums and moisturisers, €34 available from www.emmahardie.com and Emma Hardie stockists nationwide.
Annutri Glow It Facial Oil
Glow It Facial Oil is a luxurious infusion of 12 deeply rejuvenating and restorative natural oils – think rice bran oil, melon seed oil, argan oil, chia seed oil to name but a few, meticulously crafted and skilfully blended, this decadent oil drenches your skin with deep hydration, nourishment and vitality, revitalising and renewing your complexion for a natural lit-from-within radiance. The citrusy notes of bergamot and sweet orange awaken your senses while infusing your skin with a burst of vitamin C, while frankincense renowned for its healthy ageing benefits works to firm the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines, and lastly juniper’s invigorating aroma lifts and detoxifies, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and revived, €40, available online from www.annutri.com and Annutri stockists nationwide.