3rd March 2017

BEAT THE WINTER SKIN BLUES


I have sensitive skin, and the winter months can wreak havoc. A combination of the cold outdoors, wind, rain and central heating can leave my skin feeling tight, dry and sore. But never fear, there are ways to combat this nasty affliction. For me, the key is gentle treatment along with plenty of moisturiser. Here are my easy to follow steps to lovely winter skin, morning and night. 

Cleanser

Try to avoid harsh cleansers which strip the skin of its natural defences. Stay away from foam cleansers with drying ingredients such as tea tree, and go for creamier options. My favourite is Neal’s Yard’s Rose Facial Wash- this is actually a foaming facial wash, but it is so gentle that is doesn’t count. It’s a reasonable price at £16 per bottle. A cheaper option would be Muji’s Mild Cleansing Cream at £9.95 for 150g. You can also get small tester bottles for a couple of pounds. This is a very soothing cleanser with no fragrance, artificial colours, no mineral oils, no alcohol. Perfect for the most sensitive skin. 

Toner

Now, a lot of toners out there are very drying. I would recommend using one as it can gently remove excess grime that the cleanser didn’t get, and the right one can be very soothing. I recommend Dr Hauschka’s Facial Toner £24.50 (you can also get a sample for £4), which is 100% natural and organic. Another favourite for me is Neal’s Yard Rehydrating Rose Toner at £16. A cheap option to go for is Muji’s Toning Water £6.95 for 200ml. 

Moisturiser

Ah, this is a tricky one. One of my all time favourites is Clinique’s Moisture Surge £34.50, which is brilliant all year round and for all skin types. At the moment I’m using a combination of Muji’s Moisturising Milk- Light £6.95 200ml and Muji’s All in One Essence Gel £9.95 100g. Dr Hauschka’s Clarifying Day Oil £25.50 for 30ml is well worth the spend as it lasts for ages, and you can use it with your usual products to provide extra protection for the cold. It’s also great for balancing oily, spot prone skin. 

Extra Tips

Use SPF, even in winter.

Stay hydrated

Keep exfoliating to once a week, and don’t use anything too harsh. 

Do a skin type- appropriate face mask once a week. 


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