Combat winter dryness with a comforting home routine
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
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