Com­bat win­ter dry­ness with a com­fort­ing home rou­tine

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This time of year is tough on the body’s largest or­gan. Con­stant tem­per­a­ture changes, harsh winds, and the sunny chill of the ski slopes put great stress on the skin – all made worse by the mois­ture-sap­ping ef­fects of cen­tral heat­ing. In or­der to pro­tect it, you need to feed your skin with nour­ish­ing, nu­tri­ent-rich prod­ucts, to act as a ‘du­vet for the face’.

‘Though in­gre­di­ents in skin­care don’t need to change from one sea­son to the next, the for­mu­la­tions may,’ says Dr An­jali Mahto, a con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist and spokesper­son for the Bri­tish Skin Foun­da­tion. ‘Many peo­ple find that their skin is drier in the win­ter, and creams and oint­ments work bet­ter than gels or lo­tions. Tried-and-tested in­gre­di­ents that have proven their mois­tur­is­ing ben­e­fit in­clude glyc­erin, ce­ramides, urea, hyaluronic acid, lac­tic acid and petro­la­tum.’

The Knights­bridge-based fa­cial­ist Lisa Franklin rec­om­mends re­mov­ing make-up and ap­ply­ing prod­ucts as

soon as you ar­rive home in the evening, thus both max­imis­ing the time the skin can ab­sorb the pro­tec­tive ben­e­fits of your favourite prod­ucts and min­imis­ing the risk of fall­ing asleep in your make-up. ‘By the time you go to bed, you will know whether you need an­other layer – it also gives you longer to no­tice areas of weak­ness or con­cern,’ says Franklin.

Peter Thomas Roth, the founder of the epony­mous skin­care la­bel, says that win­ter is the ideal opportunity to find out which rou­tine works best for your skin, and to stick to it. ‘Some might just use a cleanser and a moisturiser; then there are those who take a deeper dive with serums, ton­ers and dif­fer­ent kinds of moisturiser. When it comes to skin health, the most fun­da­men­tal ba­sic is con­sis­tency,’ he says.

And the most time-ef­fi­cient way of see­ing re­sults is by ap­ply­ing a cos­set­ing face mask, which works while you re­lax at home. What could be more hygge than that? sr

Flora silk eye mask, £25

Yolke Win­ter Fa­cial

Oil, £70 de Mamiel

Reme­dies, £25 each

Bobbi Brown

Hy­draTher­apy Mem­ory Sleep Mask, £78 Erno Las­zlo at Har­vey Ni­chols

Stem Com­plex Re­ju­ve­nat­ing Overnight Treat­ment, £185 Ze­lens

1A Overnight Mask, £75 Al­lies of Skin at Cult


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