he silver lining to those colder, darker nights drawing in? More time to devote to your skincare regime. This is the season to make some simple swaps that will see your complexion radiating through to spring. Here’s our expert guide to a guaranteed year-round glow.
Upgrade to a facial balm
Cleansing is the most sacred step in your skincare routine. The colder months are the ideal time to swap harsh facial washes or scrubs for a nourishing facial balm or butter to help combat dry winter skin.
Money can’t buy much better than the cult Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm £44, which is infused with English rose oleo extract and melts away makeup, dirt and grime to leave skin petal-soft – a little goes a long way.
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Look to retinol
Now is the time to consider introducing a good quality retinol (a derivative of vitamin A), which helps to plump and smooth the skin by encouraging cell turnover. It can make skin more photosensitive, hence why winter is a smart time to start experimenting. Science-backed skincare brand Medik8 is a firm favourite among beauty editors. Daniel Isaacs, the brand’s director of research, says: “Vitamin A helps to visibly even the tone of the complexion and address signs of ageing.” Medik8’s Intelligent Retinol (from £29) and Crystal Retinal (from £39) formulas offer different strengths so you can move up or down as your skin acclimatises to the product.
“During the colder, winter months we strongly recommend using a rich moisturiser in the evening if you are experiencing any peeling or drying of the skin that may occur when starting out using a vitamin A product,” Isaacs adds. Neom’s Perfect Night’s Sleep Overnight Facial Cream £42 contains a blend of hyaluronic acid, cica, ceramides and magnesium (to help you drift off) with calming essential oils, while Budapest-born brand Omorovicza’s indulgent Queen Cream (£155) is a splurge-worthy melting balm packed with evening primrose oil and microalgae to deeply nourish and protect the skin, it’s expensive, …….