How to look after your skin in Winter

The temperature isn’t the only thing that changes during Winter. Our skin does too.

“Pigmentation, dullness and dehydration are going to be the main three concerns coming up to Winter time because obviously you’re losing that glow, you’re not in the sun as much, not sweating as much so not producing as much oil,” according to skin care expert Jaki Bradley.

Never fear though, there are solutions.

“Essentially what you need to do is feed your skin what it’s missing out on,” Jaki says.

The first step is exfoliation and Jaki likens skin to a brick wall to explain just how to do it right.

“There are three ways you can exfoliate,” she says.

“The first is your manual exfoliant, which polishes the surface of the brick wall. That’s going to be best suited to people who have flaky, dry skin or things like eczema or allergies.

“Then you have your enzamatic exfoliants that only target the dead skin cells and they are best for sensitive or reactive skin.

“The third one is the chemical exfoliant, so imagine little pac men running around eating all of the cement between the bricks so it allows them to be completely cleared away.

“It’s both the most gentle and the most effective.”

And there are two kinds of exfoliating acids – alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy (BHA).

“Alpha hydroxy acids will work at the surface of the skin, so they’ll remove dead skin cells and polish the skin at that top layer,” Jaki says.

“Salicylic acid is the only beta hydroxy acid. It is the only exfoliating ingredient that can actually get into the pores and exfoliate away the dead skin, the oils and the bacteria that are in the pores that cause congestion.”

Jaki recommends using Kate Somerville exfolikate a couple of times a week or Dennis Gross peel pads everyday.

Fellow skin care aficionado from Concept Brow and Makeup Sarah Wright, says the second step is to introduce a serum to your routine.

“With a serum, the molecules are a lot smaller so it can get deeper and reach the bottom layer of your skin," she says.

“It’s going to improve it from the inside out.”

While layering products, such as using serum and moisturiser will work wonders, if you’re after something more streamlined, go for a hydrating moisturiser.

Sarah recommends using a moisturiser to hydrate and a serum for anything specific you want to treat such as pigmentation.

The final step happens while you sleep and Jaki suggests using a night cream or oil.

 “Use something that’s a little bit richer.”

“It’ll heal your skin from the exfoliation you’ve just done, help it retain all the moisture and give you more of that glow the next morning.”

Sarah says if you go for an oil, it must be the last step in your routine.

“In an oil, the molecules are quite large and moisturiser won’t go through it, so if you use a moisturiser on top, you’re just wasting it.”

She also recommends using a hydrating mask instead of a night cream like Chantecaille bio lifting that firms, plumps and lifts the skin.

Now I know i’ve just totally overloaded you with information. Please get in touch if you have any questions and remember, if you have any specific skin concerns, see a specialist.

I’ll leave you with this question Jaki and Sarah get all the time – why brands differ in price when they contain the same ingredients.

Sarah: “It’s not about the ingredients, it’s about the delivery system into the skin and how does it actually get in there.”

Jaki: “It’s the sophistication of the formulation and it’s the quality of the other ingredients that go into it.”

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