Wondering how to combat dry itchy skin in winter? With a good skin care routine, and our top winter skin care tips, you can still enjoy glowing skin that’s soft and healthy throughout the colder months. Say hello to happy, clear skin!
Choose a gentle face wash
Being blasted with freezing temperatures outside and cranked-up thermostats inside takes its toll on your skin. When it comes to taking off your makeup and cleaning your face, it’s vital that you pick a kind face wash to calm your winter-parched complexion. You want to gently get rid of dirt minus that tight ‘stripped’ feeling.
Look for fragrance-free formulations that don’t have any perfume or additives – vegan brands
usually tick all of the boxes! Natural ingredients like vitamin E work hard to moisturise during cleansing too. Textures like wash-off creams and balms are great for sensitive, chapped skin that need extra nourishment, while foams and gels are best for oilier types.
A gentle, non-drying formula with protective vitamin E and moisturising wheatgerm oil. Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash, £8, The Body Shop
Remove dull skin
Exfoliating dead cells away not only buffs skin so it appears brighter, but it also helps other products to penetrate underneath the top epidermis layers. Look out for ingredients like glycolic acid, which is great for getting rid of unwanted dead skin. Products containing no more than 10% are gentle enough to use daily.
If skin is extra grey and craving something stronger, try a retinol-based cream, oil, mask or serum. Introduce them slowly to your routine – dermatologists advise twice-a-week – to avoid stressing out the skin.
Get your glow on! Use sparingly for a more radiant and smooth complexion. Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, £15, Harvey Nichols
Swap your face moisturiser
Dryness is a big winter skin issue, so moisturising day and night is key. Products with hyaluronic acid are great for dehydration. It draws moisture deep from the layers, using both the water that you drink and the water in your body to intensely hydrate pores.
Ceramides are also ones to look for. These hard-working lipids make up 50% of the skin’s barrier, protecting it from getting dry, itchy and irritated. And whether you choose oil, cream or lotion always moisturise with an SPF. Ageing UV rays still cause irreversible damage like pigmentation and fine lines even when it’s cloudy and raining!
This innovative oil-free jelly delivers 24-hour hydration while locking out pollution. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, £31, House of Fraser
Tackle any blemishes
Skin struggles to maintain its balance during the harsh winter weather, causing blemishes to rear their heads. To treat an isolated breakout, use a targeted treatment containing salicylic acid to removes the top layer of skin, mop up oil and de-clog the pores.
Skincare ranges containing antibacterial ingredients like witch hazel and tea-tree oil are best for cleaning the skin, as they prevent blemishes from popping up in the first place. If skin is extra oily, look out for AHAs and retinoids to control sebum levels too.
Quick drying and with a convenient applicator, this is great for on-the-go emergencies. Tea Tree Targeted Gel, £7.50, The Body Shop
Use a weekly face mask
Swap heavy clay-based masks that contain moisture-sapping ingredients like charcoal for beauty’s new must-try: sheet masks. A big Korean beauty trend, these winter-skin saviours use dry sheets or tissues to seal in their ingredients so that skin has time to soak them up before they evaporate into thin air (thanks, central heating). Choose ones with ultra-hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and collagen to pump the skin with that much-needed moisture.
Enjoy fresher, more youthful looking skin with these innovative overnight masks. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery PowerFoil Mask, £62 for 4, House of Fraser
Healthy skin, inside and out
Treat skin from the inside too with a skin-boosting supplement. Ones containing vitamin C, vitamin E, omega 3 and collagen will strengthen skin, increase hydration and smooth the surface. Vitamin D (aka the sunshine vitamin) is great for giving lacklustre skin a youthful glow. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water. At least two litres a day will work wonders for your complexion.
Head to Harvey Nichols
in Cabot Circus and check out the Advance Nutrition Programme range – we like Skin Collagen Support, £25 for 60 tablets.
Elemis facial at Harvey Nichols
If you fancy giving your skin some extra TLC, come in and treat yourself to a facial. The Elemis treatment room in Harvey Nichols offers some amazing skin-boosting treatments such as the Pro Radiance facial, £30 for 30 minutes.
Your therapist will give you a full skin consultation before rejuvenating and re-energising your tired skin with a brightening facial. You can even get a hot stone neck massage at the same time. Book now by calling 0117 916 8872.
Skincare expert at La Mer
And if you’re after even more expert advice on all your skincare woes, we can’t recommend Hannah Whitely enough! She’s based at La Mer in Harvey Nichols and offers a range of 15-minute complimentary services to help give your skin a pick-me-up.