Winter is tough on skin. From heating in our homes, cars and offices to wind, ice and rain outside, it all conspires to dry out skin and can leave it looking flaky and tired.
Face creams are the starting point to get skin in shape for spring and summer and two of my recent favourites have been Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity Moisturiser (£109 aromatherapyassociates.com), as it really sinks in and the smell is exquisite.
I have also been using Viridian Organic Calming Moisture Balm (£28 viridian-nutrition.com) for when my skin has felt parched and prone to redness.
Don’t forget your lips too as they need extra moisture. My secret weapon is True Organic of Sweden All You Need is Me (£7.99 trueorganicofsweden.co.uk) – a little tube for not just lips but also cuticles, knees, elbows, feet and hair.
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What the beauty expert recommends
Beauty salon owner Wendy O’Hare (wendyohareskincare.com) says: “Keeping our skin hydrated and moisturised is crazy difficult in winter. Just as the chill has us layering our clothes we need to layer our skincare.
“When it comes to moisturisers little and often is better than once a day to keep hydration topped up. We feed our body three times a day, so it makes sense to do the same for our skin. We recommend the Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser (£46) and Skin Elixir Daily Facial Moisturiser (£29 – both janescrivner.com).”
Facemasks are another tool in your skincare kit that will ensure optimum moisture levels. They are also great for relaxation.
Perhaps pop one of these on while lying in the bath: Super Facialist By Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask (£9.99 boots.com) and Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial (£32 boots.com).
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Wendy O’Hare also recommends using oil on your face and she says: “Applying a fine layer of facial oil after gently cleansing and before creams will help to naturally moisturise and nourish. This will feed your skin with essential fatty acids (EFAs) and all the omegas required.”
We recommend Green People Age Defy+ Cell Enrich Facial Oil (£32 greenpeople.co.uk) and B.Enriched Restorative Facial Oil (£15.99 superdrug.com).
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Using an eye cream, as well as a face cream, is a personal choice but skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of the face and some extra help won’t go amiss.
As we get older skin around the eyes becomes more delicate and an eye cream will assist in making the skin feel suppler and hydrated.
We rate Vichy Awakening Eye Balm (£15 my-dermacenter.com) as it is particularly good making the eye area feel less dry and it seems to help smooth fine lines out.
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Lastly don't forget your neck. Unless you have been wearing polo necks 24/7 this area of your body will also have been exposed to environmental factors.
The new Clinique Sculptwear Life and Contour Serum for both face and neck is excellent (£65 clinique.co.uk) and as a lifelong fan of Erno Laszlo products I recommend their Firmarine Neck Cream (£103 lookfantastic.com).
Both make skin feel much smoother and more comfortable.
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