Are you skipping these important winter skincare steps

Are you skipping these important winter skincare steps

We all know to use plenty of SPF and rehydrate skin throughout the summer, but harsh winter weather requires a specific approach, too.Here are five steps to follow…

We all know to use plenty of SPF and rehydrate skin throughout the summer, but harsh winter weather requires a specific approach, too. Here are five steps to follow…

As the mercury drops, winds pick up and we find ourselves constantly exposed to contrasting environments – from biting winds to heated homes – our skin routine needs a weather-appropriate revamp.

We need more protection, hydration and deeper-penetrating products to ensure our delicate skin isn’t stripped of moisture, battered by the weather and vulnerable to dehydration. Here’s how to keep it glowing all season long…

Step 1: keep cleansers creamy

Swap out light, gel-like cleansers for milky formulas during cold months and, rather than rinsing with hot water – which can strip the skin of all-important natural oils – either keep water tepid, or tissue off the cleanser.

It can be tempting to wash your face vigorously to ensure you remove all traces of party season make-up, but this can tug at delicate skin around the eyes, damaging it and leading to fine lines.

Take your time, be gentle and work your cleanser into your skin in circular motions, then pat dry rather than rubbing too harshly. This will remove make-up, dirt and pollutants, as well as nourish and soothe your skin so it’s primed to absorb serums and moisturisers.

Step 2: pick out a winter-specific moisturiser

We lose moisture from our skin during winter thanks to drier air – it’s called transepidermal water loss – so you need to pick a moisturiser with ingredients that both attract and hold moisture in your skin, such as glycerin, for example.

Hyaluronic acid is another beauty powerhouse when it comes to retaining moisture, because one molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. That means it can plump out skin, lock in hydration and improve texture.

Olay Regenerist 3-Point Age-Defying Cream contains both glycerine and hyaluronic acid, making it a great choice for repairing and nourishing skin in winter. Apply it in your post-shower steamy bathroom to help trap the moisture in your skin.

Step 3: let the eyes have it!

The skin under the eyes is incredibly delicate, and when the weather includes harsh winds, driving rain, hailstorms and snow – sometimes all in one day – we need to take extra care to nourish and protect it against becoming cracked flaky, dry and sore.

Wave goodbye to light, gel-like eye creams, because you need something rich and packed with hydrating ingredients that help balance your skin’s pH levels. Make a beeline for peptides, as these amino acids increase cells in the skin, producing more collagen to soften lines and repair skin cells.

Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream is peptide-packed. It locks in moisture, dials down inflammation and sorts puffiness, however late the office party went on! Lightly dab the cream into the eye area with your ring finger morning and night.

Step 4: brush up your exfoliation routine

At a time of year when we tend to wear a little more make-up and are exposed to plenty of pollutants – particularly on those cold, crisp days with little wind or rain to drive pollution out – sloughing away dead skin cells is important.

Use a cleansing brush at night to encourage your nutrient-packed night cream to work its magic as you sleep. Rather than a traditional, grainy exfoliant, which can damage the delicate

hydro-lipidic barrier of your skin, go for a natural enzyme-based product, packed with anti-ageing remedies such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which naturally resurface skin and stimulate production of collagen and elastin to give youthful bounce.

Look for lactic, malic, citric or tartaric acids on labels, and only use these exfoliators once or twice a week.

Step 5: keep up your SPF habit

UV rays don’t disappear as soon as the temperature plummets – in fact, winter weather actually creates reflective surfaces, like snow and ice, which bounce the sun’s harmful rays towards your skin in the same way as white sand during summer.

You need to wear an SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB rays daily, not just on your face and neck, but on your hands, too.

Olay Regenerist 3 Point SPF30 Moisturiser is lightweight enough to sit under make-up, but contains SPF 30 as well as youth-enhancing niacinamide, a B-complex vitamin that adds volume to sallow, sagging skin.

How do you look after your skin in the winter? Share your tips in the comments section below.

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