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The Perfect Winter Skincare Routine

By Hannah Prynn - 8 months ago | Updated
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As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine.

Let’s be honest, no one wants dry and flaky skin over the Christmas period, do they? But the tinted moisturiser and SPF that had your back through the summer isn't going to cut it. It’s essential to switch up the products that you’re using as the colder months approach. With our complexions reacting differently to frostier temperatures, it's going to need all the nourishment it can get.

With that being said, there’s no need to revamp your entire beauty regimen. Simply switching out your lightweight formulas for something a little more intense will help keep your skin hydrated and full of life - just in time for the festive season!

Not sure where to start? Cast your eye over our guide to the perfect winter skin care routine.

1. Change up your cleanser

It's not uncommon to wear more heavy-duty makeup in the winter months (especially with all the festivities taking place), so it's important to switch up the intensity of your cleanser in order to ensure skin is left squeaky-clean and free from dirt and impurities. Try opting for a balm or oil alternative, like the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, as this type of consistency is not only great at removing debris, but also provides rich moisture that winter skin will love.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

£41.62 £47.00 (12% off)

2. Buff away the dead skin

Exfoliating is an essential step in winter skincare routines. Using a lightweight face scrub once or twice a week will buff away the dead skin cells that are hindering a radiant glow, as well as boost moisture.

A gentle scrub like the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish is safe enough to use on sensitive skin types and will provide your skin with a light exfoliation, clearing the skin of dirt and debris to reveal a smooth, healthy-looking complexion.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish

3. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

Applying moisturiser goes without saying. Particularly in the winter months, your skin requires intensive moisture to maintain a smooth and supple skin texture – regardless of whether you have a dry or oily skin type. Your complexion will naturally feel drier during in colder temperatures so it’s a must to give your skin vital softening care.

Why not try the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream? It works well on all skin types to deliver a surge of hydration for dehydrated skin that’s in need of a boost.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

£28.50

4. Hydrate your eye area

During the winter our under eyes will feel a little less than moisturised to say the least. That’s where eye cream comes in handy.

Most of us are guilty of skipping this step (us included), but we can assure you that caring for your eyes is just as important as any other part of your body – especially when it comes to slowing down the ageing process and brightening up the eye area.

A light application of eye product during your evening ritual will not only revitalise the delicate eye area but it will give your skin the hydration boost it needs to ensure it looks its very best.

A fabulous formula like ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal will fully awaken a tired-looking eye area, ensuring eye bags are kept at bay and skin is soothed – it’s a step that you’ll thank us for later, that’s for sure.

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal

£42.74 £72.00 (41% off)

5. Condition chapped lips

With a combination of heaters and cold weather in the mix, keeping your pout perfectly polished can be a tough task. Ensuring you have an intensive lip treatment on hand will help banish the look of cracked and dehydrated lips in an instant.

We recommend a reliable lip treatment, such as the NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, for lips that stay kissable throughout the cold climate. Plus, they’ll taste of citrus, honey goodness - yum!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

£9.96 £11.50 (14% off)

6. Lock in that moisture

Dehydrated, sensitised skin will only get better over time but with the help of a fortifying formula like the ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil − a highly concentrated face oil that’s infused with antioxidant-rich superfood oils − you can be sure that your skin is recharged with essential moisture and long-lasting hydration.

Crucial in the winter months, this thirst-quenching face oil will effectively plump and smooth the complexion. Flaxseed works to seal in moisture, while broccoli seed oil helps add a youthful-looking glow.

ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil

ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil

£35.14 £45.00 (22% off)


With these products you can enhance your winter skin care routine and be well on your way to combat the cold, as well as achieve a gorgeous, glowing complexion.

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