Winter is coming. Your skin will start to show signs that it's not very happy about going from the freezing cold outside and then at home or in an office all day with central heating. You're trying to hide it under jumpers, opaque tights and lots of layers, but you can't hide sad skin syndrome.
If your skin is tight, dry, flaky, dull or generally a bit sad, then you really should think about stepping up your skincare game for winter. The harsh conditions and dehydration can leave your skin looking very below par. Just think of all the effort you make with your skin in the summer. I bet you shave more regularly, you probably use body lotion at least once a day and are strict with that SPF - sound about right? Well don't let the fact it's winter mean you give up on skincare. It's just as important in winter and will make coming out of hybernation in the glorious spring months that little bit easier.
I've been speaking to the beauty guru from Venus, Nathalie Eleni, about five easy things we can all do to make sure our skin looks and feels its best all winter long.
- Skin is more susceptible to dehydration and dryness through winter so it is especially important to exfoliate regularly and give skin an extra moisture boost for a gorgeous glow - cocoa butter, palm butter, borage oils and shea butter are all fantastic for parched skin.
- Frequent shaving can actually help improve the appearance of skin during the cold-weather season by removing layers of dead skin cells, which cause dryness and flaking. I would recommend the new Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor.
- I suggest switching to a rich body butter day and night to protect your skin from the winter elements. Avoid using perfumed products and try to have showers rather than baths, as the latter tend to aggravate the skin due to the excessive heat. Having a lukewarm shower cools sensitive skin and will also help with overall circulation.
- If you’re heading for a night out, mix a body oil with a moisturising cream and apply evenly over your legs to really seal in the moisture.
- If you’re wearing a short dress, make sure you keep the skin around your knees looking soft and supple as dry skin can often be ageing, by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the area.
- Use a richer day and night cream - I particularly love Ila Spa face oil!
- Drink lots of water! This is easy to do in summer, but don't forget to drink at least 2 litres per day.
- Mix it up. Even if your face cream and make up works a treat in the summer months, it can start to look flat, cakey or just a bit crap come winter, so why not try a different formula for a while. For example, I like a light CC cream in the summer, but in winter I like a bit more coverage and use a long lasting foundation.
By Carina Sullivan