In the words of Ned Stark, Winter is coming. The days are already getting shorter and colder, Christmas goodies are in the shops and it’s only a matter of time before John Lewis put out their annual advert. So, it seems time to switch up the skincare regime ready for the onslaught of months of freezing cold temperatures.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I go in hard with my skincare during winter. You’re battling the cold, the effects of central heating and the lack of sunlight, so you need to look after your skin. After months of being able to get away with more lightweight products, now is the time when the heavier creams come into play. You want to feed your skin all that it is missing during the cold months, so I’ve put together some products you’re going to want in your collection. One of the best things about all of these products is that they’re all available to Click & Collect to your nearest CollectPlus Point which means you can pick them up at a time that suits you.
Double cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your skin in my opinion, and the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse (£24 at M&S) makes this quick and easy. The jar is split into two with a solid cleansing oil on one side and a cleansing cream on the other. This enables you to get a thorough and effective cleanse and remove all traces of the day. Imagine all the dirt that your face will pick up during those hours trawling the high street for Christmas presents – trust me, there’ll be a lot, so double cleansing is a must.
I often find that winter can leave me with a congested nose and congested skin. I hate being cold so I have the heating pumping out day and night and this just isn’t ideal for the skin, so I make sure to exfoliate three times a week. My go to has to be the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (£16.50 at John Lewis). It’s not harsh on the skin but it works. If your skin is congested, your pores are blocked or you’re plagued by blackheads, this will gently buff away the dead skin cells to leave your skin looking and feeling clearer.
To help with clearing up my skin, I love to use the Filorga Oxygen Peel (£20 at M&S). It contains hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin and leave it feeling plumper, and it promotes cellular oxygenation to leave your complexion looking radiant. Just because it is winter it doesn’t mean you have to have a complexion as dull as the weather.
One thing that I love about this time of year, apart from the birthday and Christmas presents, is the fact that my skin can handle acids more than it seems to in the summer. I hate the thought of the cold weather leaving me with rough skin, so I like to use Alpha-H Liquid Gold (£33.50 at M&S) to help me keep on top of my skin texture. I put it on at night and let the glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids do their magic to boost collagen, elastin, even out my skin tone, firm up my skin … the list is endless.
For the daytime, there’s the Pixi Retinol Tonic (£10 at M&S). It contains a time-release retinol and works to replenish the skin with potent antioxidants. I’m a big believer in putting back what the weather and environment takes out, and acids are nothing to be scared of. I’ve found a huge difference in my skin since I’ve introduced more acids into my regime, and this is a nice gentle introduction to the world of acids.
I spend winter desperately tying to stock up on my vitamin C intake as I get every cold known to man, and I also like to include it in my skincare. Emma Hardie Vitamin C Intense Daily Serum (£54 at M&S) is a favourite. It revives the skin, tackles your pores and reduces pigmentation. Even though there not be much sunlight during winter, there are still rays and this serum helps to protect against them. I can be a bit rubbish at remembering to protect my skin so this is a quick and easy way to ensure your skin is protected from that elusive winter sun.
Eye cream is always an essential and the Filorga Optim-Eyes (£42 at M&S) is a beauty. It’s ideal for the soft tissue under the eyes and helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. For some reason, my under eye darkness always seems to be worse during cold weather, so this is perfect for lessening the appearance of those as well as boosting venous and lymphatic circulation.
After months of lightweight moisturisers, I do get a bit excited when it’s time to dig my Creme De La Mer (from £60 at John Lewis) out. It’s too rich and heavy for me in summer, but my skin adores this in winter. Hand-harvested sea kelp that goes through all sorts of magical processes, works to reduce wrinkles, smooth lines, smooth the complexion and add much needed moisture to the skin. The cold weather, and the central heating, dries my skin out so badly that I can get away with using something a lot richer and my skin always feels beautifully hydrated after using this.
I’m a huge Charlotte Tilbury fan and love all her products, but I can only get away with using Magic Night Cream (£100 at John Lewis) in the winter. It is very rich and can be too much for my skin, but it’s ideal when it’s freezing and my skin is struggling. It is a water-in-oil cream elixir that feeds your skin as you sleep. It is quite greasy and a little goes a very long way, but if the weather is having a detrimental effect on your skin, especially if it leaves it dry, then this is perfect for you.
Finally, regardless of the time of year, you need the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£32 at John Lewis) in your life. If you need a quick spritz to refresh your skin, or if you’re finding that your complexion is looking a little bit dull, then this will be your best friend. Keep a bottle in your handbag, and whether you’re melting after being in an overheated shop whilst everyone battles over the last available ‘it product’ that everyone has put on their Christmas list, or you went a bit heavy at the office Christmas party, this instantly makes you look and feel better.
Sadly I can’t magic up a white Christmas, or the most picture perfect winter ever, but I can promise you that you, and your skin, will love these products this season.
October 19th 2018 - by @CollectPlus