6 skincare swaps to make this winter

6 skincare swaps to make this winter

As the seasons change, so should your skincare. Here are six ways to adapt your routine to keep your complexion glowing.

Colder temperatures and central heating can play havoc with your skin, but just because the skies are turning grey, that doesn’t mean your complexion has to.

A few simple shifts in your beauty routine are all you need to keep your skin nourished and healthy-looking all year round.

Here’s what to do…

Crank up the hydration

The low humidity levels in winter can cause the natural moisture and oils in your skin to evaporate, leaving it dry, cracked and exposed to the elements.

While in summer, a lightweight moisturiser may have been enough to keep your skin hydrated, you need something richer in winter in order to nourish and protect your skin.

To supplement your skin’s natural moisture and oil levels, try a cream like Olay Regenerist Luminous Perfecting Cream, which will nourish your skin and help form a protective barrier.

Also, if you currently use a cleansing liquid or gel, switch to a cream cleanser instead, and use a hydrating facemask once or twice a week.

Use a night cream

To aid with the above you should add a night cream to your routine. These can afford to be thicker and richer than day creams, as they don’t have to double up as a base for make-up and have the whole night to soak in and work their magic.

Smooth Olay Regenerist 3 Point Age-Defying Night Cream onto your face before bed and wake up with glowing, younger-looking skin.

Dial down the SPF – but keep using it!

While your days of reclining in the garden with the sun beaming down on your face may be over for now, it’s the same sun in the sky in winter, and it can do the same damage.

While you don’t have to apply an SPF cream along with your moisturiser, make sure your cream of choice offers a level of anti-ageing help. Olay Regenerist Complexion Corrector, for example, offers SPF15, a nourishing serum, and a hint of colour to give your skin a flawless finish.

Scrub up

During the summer you should exfoliate once a week to keep your skin fresh, but in winter you should do it two or three times a week as dry, dead skin cells killed by the cold can make your skin look dull and grey.

Use a gentle exfoliant a few times a week before moisturising to reveal the newer skin beneath and help your cream to penetrate deeper into your skin.

Be more sensitive

Cold conditions and drying central heating can flare up any sensitive issues your skin may have. If you find your skin is easily irritated this season, switch to a cream designed for sensitive skin, such as Olay Complete 3 Point Fragrance Free Treatment Cream.

Use a quick-absorbing body lotion

Just like your face, the skin on your body can suffer when the temperature changes, too. Swaddled in thick clothing, unable to breathe and irritated under the fabrics, it’s important not succumb to it being “out of sight, out of mind”.

Gently exfoliate when you shower to get rid of dead skin cells and smooth on a lightweight and quick-absorbing body lotion, like Olay Complete Day Fluid Moisturiser.

See Taking care of your skin from head to toe for more body skincare tips.

Switch foods but not colours

While in summer it’s easy to tuck into crisp salads and refreshing fruits full of all sorts of vitamins great for your skin, in winter it’s tempting to reach for comfort food. But the key is to remember that vibrant foods are good for vibrant skin.

So brightly coloured carrots, squash, and peppers, for example, are packed with vitamin A, which helps the body repair and rebuild skin from the inside out – and all taste great in a casserole.

For more tips, see our article The six sins of skincare

What are your winter skincare secrets? Let us know in the comments section below.

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